1379 Garfield Ave, SW
Canton, OH 44706
Services Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
Each year, the number of students who enter school with circumstances in their lives that impede their educational success are increasing. Each student will need something different out of school, and we believe that each student is unique with distinct needs. These individual needs must be met prior to becoming a successful student.
Our vision involves a hierarchy of needs that we have identified as relevant to the educational process. These needs can be visualized as forming a pyramid consisting of, in ascending order, physical and biological needs, safety needs, emotional and love needs, self-esteem needs, and finally self-actualization. Each level must be at least somewhat firmly in place before the next level can be successfully met. The traditional approach to education starts at too high a position in the hierarchy, ignoring the more basic needs and only minimally addressing emotional and self-esteem needs. Because academic learning actually lies in the upper portion of this hierarchy of needs, attempts at education will not work unless the needs below this position in the hierarchy have been sufficiently filled.
We will begin the process of academic turn around by providing programs and systems that address each student’s hierarchy of needs. These programs will consist of initiatives that incorporate the family and the community. You cannot deal with a student’s emotional needs without affecting the environment in which they live. Connecting the family and community with the school will set the foundation for academic turn around to take place.
We take the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” to heart. We understand that community and parental involvement makes an enormous impact on student achievement, student’s attitudes toward school, and their daily attendance. Involving families and the community in our educational processes will create strong partnerships with families and the community. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory states, "When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more”. We realize that the school’s strength lies in the hands of its families and the extent to which they become involved in the daily activities of students.
Community schools strive to bring together resources in the school, and community in order to produce students that will one day become effective contributors in society. Beacon Academy of Canton, Ohio is no different.
The goal is to become “the right school for the right reasons”. Beacon Academy nurtures the whole students with a holistic approach by offering wrap around services. This entails addressing a student’s basic needs (physical, cognitive, emotional, and social) to achieve self-actualization.
It is our mission to provide an effective, consistent and academically rigorous education in a safe, disciplined and nurturing environment that will empower students to reach their fullest potential.
Beacon Academy will strive to be recognized as a model of academic excellence, characterized as engaged, dynamic, growing, and adding value to the lives of its students, staff, and community, and to become a laboratory for the development of best-practices in every aspect of education.
Character Building and Positive Behavior Beliefs and Values:
Beacon places a strong focus on behavior and sets high expectations for all students, staff and parents. Our educators place an emphasis on providing a positive academic environment that focuses on character building and establishes high expectations for our students.
R.O.A.R Character Traits
R = RESPECT
O = OWNERSHIP
A = ATTITUDE
R = RELENTLESS
o We are a diverse group of highly qualified educators with proven success in growing our students academically. We are committed to the goal of preparing students for college career and life in a safe family environment.
o Multicultural educational institution serving grades K-8 to create students prepared to contribute to a diverse society in the 21st century.
o Full scale common core aligned curriculum, onsite community engagement specialist, and an academic enriching after-school care program that focuses on literacy.
o Career Based Instruction focused curriculum.
Initiatives to increase the understanding of grade level curriculum, standardized tests, utilizing state test blueprints, ensuring instruction is appropriately paced, using data to drive instruction, and motivating students to learn.
· Ohio State Tests (AIR)
o Grade 5 was 17% proficient, and Grade 7 was 36% proficient for the AIR English Language Arts test.
o Grades 3 was 42% proficient, and Grade 7 was 29% proficient for the AIR mathematics test.
o Third Grade ELA – overall average scale score has continuously increased from one test administration to the next.
Beacon Academy was the ONLY Stark County charter School to receive a B on the Progress measure.
· Renaissance STAR 360
o KRA – 66.7% met/exceeded state mandated cut score of 263 for the language/literacy portion of the KRA.
o Early Literacy – 31.2% overall increase in scores from the fall to winter test administration.
o Math – Overall grades K-8 increased 23.4% in math from the fall to winter test administration with kindergarten increasing 85.3%.
o Reading - Overall grades 1-8 increased 15.9% in reading from the fall to winter test administration, with 2nd grade increasing 54.6%.
o Reading – from the fall 16 to spring 2017 administration, grades 1-8 all showed growth (increased overall scaled score). Please see chart below.
o Math – from the fall 16 to spring 2017 administration, grades K-8 all showed growth (increased overall scaled score). Please see chart below.
Social-Emotional and Community Support Programs
v Afterschool Program - will include assistance to students to achieve their educational goals while providing cultural enrichment/social skills, health/wellness, and sports/physical activities.
v Parent Advisory Committee - Included in the After-School program is a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) providing a support system for parents and guardians. Parents will have the opportunity to attend quarterly meetings to learn how to support their children academically and address potential barriers to their children’s educational success.
vChildren's Hunger Alliance – will provide dinner to after-school students.
v Extracurricular Activities/Opportunities:
o After school teacher led tutoring
o Community based tutoring
o Boy Scouts
o Girls Scouts
o Mobile Dentist
o Summer Basketball Camp
o Real Eyes Eye Care Program
o Field Trips to Massillon Museum
v Community Partnerships:
o Hannah’s House counseling
o NE Ohio Behavioral Health
o Akron Children’s Hospital Respect K-12 Program
o Aultman WOW van
o Canton Charge Special School Programs
o Children’s Hunger Alliance After School Meal
o Ex Newsboys School Clothing Voucher
o OSU Extension 5 week Nutrition Ed Program and Community Garden Programs
o Kidmobile and Bookmobile Monthly visits