Our Approach

The foundation for our success is establishing a culture of high expectations for all of our scholars. Our rigorous standards-aligned materials are taught to fidelity. Across subjects, we seek to increase students' voices and foster critical thinking by emphasizing productive struggle, learning by doing, and utilizing discourse to learn new concepts. We use data to drive instruction and ensure our system's adults are accountable for academic results. Individualized instruction is vital, especially for students struggling to achieve mastery, so we utilize intersession time for small groups, targeted support, and instruction. Our teachers are highly valued professionals, and we treat them as such by promoting a culture of planning and professional development aligned to their needs and abilities.

 

Elementary School

 

At Fortune School, our elementary students develop fluency in reading and math through student-centered classrooms that prepare them for college.

 

Middle School

Our middle school students develop critical thinking skills through intense novel study aligned to informational texts and synthesized into writing assignments in English and Humanities. Middle school scholars develop in Math by doing the heavy lifting, utilizing discourse, and seeing teachers as facilitators of this process.

 

Early College High School

We have a science, technology, engineering, arts, and math curricula focus, with a "learn by doing" model, where students have the opportunity to earn an associate's degree by high school graduation while meeting a-g requirements for transfer to UC and CSU systems.