Welcome To Acacia Middle Charter School!

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Acacia Middle Charter School is a tuition-free public school, immersed in the heart of Stockton. Founded in 2012, our aim is to educate the whole child, creating a level playing field where students from all backgrounds can thrive in a nurturing environment that offers comprehensive academic and enrichment programs. Our goal was to create an alternative elementary school which focuses on and celebrates key aspects of elementary education that create the necessary foundation for young students to thrive. While many local schools have their own unique features, Acacia Elementary has put it all together within a truly comprehensive learning program unmatched in the area.

What makes us special is not just one stand out feature.  Instead it is the combination of many components of excellence that support high levels of young student success.  

Caring School Community. In order to provide our students with the knowledge and skills needed to become active and responsible citizens, we intentionally organize Acacia Middle Charter School to foster a caring school community. Research suggests the importance of a caring environment to nurturing students’ academic, social and emotional development. We make very conscious attempts to build community at both the classroom and school-wide levels so that all of our stakeholders can participate fully in the life of the school as a community.

Small class sizes. Our smaller classes support more individual interaction between student and teacher, allowing our teachers more time to devote to each child, providing a more supportive environment. The students to teacher ratios are low so that school administrators, teachers and students can get to know each other well.

Project-Based Learning. Acacia Middle offers a project-learning approach. We feel education in today’s world requires that students have both fundamental skills (reading, writing, and math) and 21st century skills (teamwork, problem solving, research gathering, time management, information synthesizing, utilizing high tech tools). With this combination of skills, young students become directors and managers of their learning process.

Technology-rich environment. We believe that appropriate use of technology in the classroom results in higher levels of student achievement and involvement, and leads to the development of 21st century skills. Acacia Middle Charter School will provide students with a traditional learning setting that will use technology as a way to involve students in the learning process. Students using technology become active participants in the learning process instead of passive listeners. When students are empowered to find their own answers or work collaboratively with peers, the learning process becomes much more interesting. Technology allows opportunities for multimedia and interactivity that are impossible with more traditional instructional techniques. Students will have access to computers and electronic resources (ELRs) both in the classroom and the school-based, technology-focused learning center, known as The Learning Center (TLC). Content-area textbooks will have a strong technology component embedded and will meet California’s Common Core Standards for 21st century learning.

Arts integration. Acacia Middle Charter School strongly supports arts education in at least two ways: first, as a subject in its own right for students to understand and demonstrate an appreciation and skillful use of the arts as a tool for understanding, creative problem solving, expression and communication; second, through integrating performing arts with core academic subjects as a tool for teaching and expressing new knowledge and skills in order to support all grades 6-8 students in demonstrating mastery of the state standards and school-wide civic literacy outcomes. Core subjects and the arts are integrated through the collaborative work of the teaching staff and artists in residence within our bi-annual school-wide thematic service-learning projects. In addition, the integration of the arts and the core curriculum is achieved through the work of the visual arts teacher who provides consultation and push-in lessons that assist all classroom teachers in using the arts as an instructional tool for Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts instruction.

Service Learning. Through service learning our students see their part in the larger community and learn why it is important to help others. Service Learning links academic standards through the medium of service to real life needs in the school and the larger community. It is a learned activity, involving planning, action, reflection and evaluation. As such, we weave it into the fabric of our academic life and every student is provided age-appropriate opportunities to give back to the community.

Culturally-responsive teaching. In our classrooms, we use the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and performance styles of diverse students to make learning more appropriate and effective, teaching to and through the strengths of our students. We believe culturally responsive teaching as having these characteristics:

  • Acknowledges the legitimacy of the cultural heritages of different ethnic groups, both as legacies that affect students' dispositions, attitudes, and approaches to learning and as worthy content to be taught in the formal curriculum.
  • It builds bridges of meaningfulness between home and school experiences as well as between academic abstractions and lived sociocultural realities.
  • It uses a wide variety of instructional strategies that are connected to different learning styles. It teaches students to know and praise their own and each other’s cultural heritages.
  • It incorporates multicultural information, resources, and materials in all the subjects and skills routinely taught in schools.

School Based Wellness. Our School Based Wellness (SBW) program is a unique healthcare education model that provides physical, mental, and preventative education as well as health services for children and adolescents in a school setting. The SBW will utilize a multidisciplinary approach in order to promote the health and well-being of youth. The SBW’s focus on early

Optional 50/50 Spanish/English dual language immersion program. We feel that meaningful, grade-level, and accelerated instruction in two languages is a win-win for all students.

Global language study. Our students have the opportunity to learn Mandarin (Chinese) at the elementary level.