HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD IN THIS PROGRAM?
It’s simple! Just complete the district waiver form located on the district’s website or at https://lff.d93.k12.id.us/Forms/OE. Then we’ll handle the rest! Your child will need to be registered at their “home school” (the school they should be attending based on their home address) and will remain registered at that school. The waiver form will allow them to participate in this program away from their home school.
THIS PROGRAM IS BASED ON THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN CAMPUS. AM I EXPECTED TO TRANSPORT MY CHILD TO THIS PROGRAM OR WILL BUSING BE PROVIDED?
While you are always welcome to pick up and drop off your child at the program building, busing will be provided for all students. If students are riding a bus, they will be bused to their “home school” first, then move to a transport bus that will bring them to the RMMS campus. This will typically mean students will arrive at our program building by 9:00 am and will be back at their “home school” before boarding buses home.
HOW WILL ELECTIVES WORK FOR MY CHILD?
Students choosing to attend PRAXIUM will have the same opportunities as all other students. Elective courses will be taught utilizing Rocky Mountain Middle School teachers, PRAXIUM teachers, and online courses.
WILL THIS IMPACT MY CHILD'S ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
It won’t! Students will continue to have the opportunity to participate in the extracurricular activities of their “home school” including athletics.
WHEN MY CHILD IS DONE WITH THIS PROGRAM, CAN THEY CONTINUE IN HIGH SCHOOL?
PRAXIUM currently does not extend past 8th grade. Students wanting to continue through mastery-based learning similar to PRAXIUM have the opportunity to do so at Hillcrest High School. Students will need to complete the open enrollment form through the district to attend Hillcrest if they do not live within their boundaries.
MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL NEEDS. IS THIS PROGRAM A GOOD FIT FOR THEM?
Yes! This is a program for ALL students. Students from all walks of life, all learning levels, and all different circumstances have participated in this program with great gains. Mastery-based education is applicable and good for every student in Idaho.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MOVE MY CHILD TO THIS PROGRAM AND IT'S NOT THE RIGHT FIT?
If you feel your child is not making progress and is struggling, we will meet as a team with you as the parent, the student, and teachers to determine what is working and what is not. If it still cannot be resolved, students may always opt to return to their “home school.”
ARE THERE GRADE LEVELS? ARE THERE GRADES?
Students are still given grade-level curriculum and are working on mastery of grade-specific standards. Students are still assigned to 7th or 8th grade based on the standards they are working on. Grades are still given but may be slightly different than you have seen in the past. Grades are reflections of a student’s mastery of content rather than completion of tasks or assignments. Grades are not about accumulating points to earn a grade.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD DOES NOT MASTER A CONCEPT, BUT THEIR FRIENDS DO? DOES THIS IMPACT THEIR SELF-ESTEEM?
Mastery-based education is a paradigm shift for many students and most parents. At some point, schools have become a comparison between ourselves as students and our peers with regard to our learning. The only comparison students should be making is to themselves! Breaking this mindset is the key to success. Students know that they may need more time than others on some concepts or skills, while they may not need it in other ways. Students follow the pace of their own learning, not as a collective group.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD MOVES QUICKLY AND MASTERS ALL THE STANDARDS FOR THEIR GRADE LEVEL BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?
Mastery education is not based on time or traditional constraints. If a child has shown they have mastered the expectations for that grade level, that child should be able to progress to the next set of learning expectations. 7th-grade students that complete all of their course standards and have shown mastery can begin working on their 8th grade standards and expectations. Similarly, students completing their 8th grade standards can progress to 9th grade, and so on. This works very well for students wanting to maximize Advanced Opportunities within the district, gaining as many college credits as they can.
HOW BIG ARE CLASS SIZES?
Class sizes are dependent upon the number of students needing assistance on that particular standard, skill, or concept. Sometimes, a classroom may look more like a traditional classroom with 25+ students, especially when a new concept is introduced. Other times, there may be a smaller “workshop” held to provide intervention for a small group of students. Many times, it is simply one-on-one assistance by the teacher based on the specific needs of the individual student.
WILL MY 7TH-GRADE CHILD BE MIXED WITH STUDENTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL?
No. Students at PRAXIUM are only 7th and 8th graders.
WILL MY CHILD HAVE THE SAME TEACHER ALL YEAR OR DO THEY SWITCH TEACHERS BASED ON THEIR MASTERY ADVANCEMENTS?
PRAXIUM uses a team of teachers to meet the needs of all students. Because of this, students have access to all of the content teachers available in the program. With that said, content teachers are assigned to specific grade level curriculum, and your child will have that teacher for that specific content area.
In addition to this, your child will have a mentor teacher that will stay the same regardless of movement through courses. This mentor teacher is a wonderful resource to your child and you as a parent. PRAXIUM’s mentoring element truly sets it apart from a traditional classroom. Students will work with this mentor to set goals, have mentor check-ins, collaborate on skills, with the mentor serving as the child’s advocate both inside and outside of the classroom.