Mater Academy St. Cloud follows the standards and objectives stated in the Language Arts Florida Standards, Mathematics Florida Standards, Social Studies Florida Standards and the Science Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
Elementary School: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
The curriculum encompasses the core subject areas of Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science/Health, and Social Studies.
In addition, we offer classes in Physical Education, Music, and Project Lead the Way STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) program.
Middle School: 6th- 8th Grade
The curriculum encompasses the core subject areas of Language Arts (or Language Arts through ESOL), Mathematics, Comprehensive Science I and World History.
In addition, we offer classes in Physical Education, Art, Music, and Project Lead the Way STEM program.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Problem Solving/ Response to Intervention (PS/ RtI)
The district is committed to the implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework to integrate and align efforts to improve educational outcomes and to meet the academic and behavioral needs of all students. The process utilized to ensure implementation of an effective MTSS framework is Problem-Solving/ Response to Intervention (PS/ RtI). PS/ RtI is a data-driven decision-making process applied to all aspects of the educational organization. The systematic use of student assessment data at the district, school, classroom, and student levels will guide decisions about the allocation of resources and the intensity of the instruction and interventions needed to improve student learning and/or behavior. The district’s schools will provide high quality instruction and intervention(s) matched to student needs and will use rate of progress and level of performance to inform instructional decisions at all three Tiers of instruction.
School-based Problem Solving Teams will identify students in need of tiered interventions through the review of universal screening data and will determine the appropriate types and levels of interventions based on various data sources. Standard protocol interventions will generally be utilized initially when data indicate a need for interventions beyond Tier 1 core instruction alone. Students’ responses to interventions will determine if there is a need for more intensive interventions and diagnostic assessment will assist the Problem Solving Team with development and implementation of intensive interventions. Students who receive interventions beyond the core curriculum will have their rate of progress and level of performance included in their cumulative school records. Teachers will consult the district MTSS/ RtI Curriculum Guides for available supports.
The academic progress of all students, including those students who exceed curriculum benchmarks, remains a high priority for the school district. Per 1002.3105, Florida Statutes, Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL), the district provides the following plan for acceleration decisions within the district’s existing Multi-Tiered System of Supports/ Response to Intervention framework.
School level Problem Solving Teams shall review assessment data at the beginning of the school year to determine which students may benefit from acceleration options.
- Tier 1 acceleration options may include cluster/ ability grouping differentiated assignments, curriculum compacting, or telescoping curriculum.
- Tier 2 acceleration options may include single subject or virtual school instruction.
- Tier 3 acceleration options may include whole grade acceleration if the Problem Solving Team determines such placement may meet the needs of highly able students.