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What You Need to Know

What is an Academy?

The Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT Academy is a new focus for all classes.  The focus will be on an integrated Mathematics and Science curriculum.  The staff will be providing a stimulating hands-on learning environment.  Problem Solving and Critical Thinking will be addressed through the Math and Science curriculum.

 

What does IMPACT stand for?

Integrated Math, Science, Problem Solving, And Critical Thinking Techniques.

 

Is the Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT Academy just certain classes within the school?

All classes will participate in this new focus.  Math and Science activities will be integrated in all classrooms.

 

Will the name of the school change?

No, the official name of the school will continue to be Garden Grove Elementary School.  The IMPACT Academy part of our school name is in addition.  So as of next year we will be calling our school “Garden Grove Elementary School IMPACT Academy.

 

How will Math and Science be integrated?

n      Integrated Science units with connections to Literature and Writing.

n      Intentional instruction in Problem Solving Strategies throughout all curricular areas.

n      Students will participate in technology driven data collection.

n      Computer Media Centers actively used in all classrooms.

n      School-wide project based Math/Science activities.

 

What makes the Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT Academy different?

ü      Family Nights—organized nights and teachers will sign up to attend AT LEAST one per year

ü      Clubs will be included as part of our unique activities.  Some possible clubs: Environmental, Woodworking, Gardening, Art, Music

ü      Grade Levels will design projects will have a Math/Science focus i.e. Interest Reports, Ant building project.

ü      Staff will be specifically trained in critical thinking and problem solving teaching techniques.

 

How will this effect my child?

My child is a GATE student.  What special programs would the Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT Academy offer?

High Achieving students will benefit from the application of learned concepts.  Problem solving and critical thinking are higher level skills that will be presented in a challenging curriculum.

 

If the school is focused on Math and Science does that mean that students won’t do Language Arts and Social Studies?

Language Arts, Social Studies and all other curricular areas will still be taught at The Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT Academy.  The focus of Math and Science will be integrated into all subject areas whenever possible. 

 

I live across the street from the school does that mean I have to participate in the lottery?

If Garden Grove Elementary School is your home school, you do not need to participate in the School of Choice Lottery.

 

My child doesn’t excel in Science and/or Math, can he/she still participate to The Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT Academy?

Yes!  We are hoping that with further exposure to Math and Science that students will enjoy learning and will begin to excel in these areas.

 

My child is in the Special Education program, will he/she still participate to The Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT Academy?

Yes! Hands-on Math and Science activities are wonderful avenues for integration.  There are plans in the works on how students with special needs will be integrated into the general education classes more often based on this focus.

 

My child is an English Language Learner will he/she still participate to The Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT Academy?

Yes! Hands-on Math and Science activities are wonderful avenues for English Language Learners to gain necessary vocabulary and learn new concepts.