Beehive Science & Technology Academy is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter school which opened on August 29, 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Academy distinguishes itself among neighboring educational offerings with its college preparatory program that focus on math, science and technology. The curriculum at BSTA is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in humanities and social science as well as math, science and technology with the aim of preparing them to become responsible and educated members of the society who have the skills and understanding to participate and work productively in our increasingly technological, diverse, and multicultural society.
Grade Levels Served
Beehive Science & Technology Academy opened in 2005, and currently serves students in grades seven through twelve.
Beehive Science Technology Academy encourages its teachers and parents to make home visits to their students to establish a better communication between home and school. Home visits are voluntary for both Beehive Science Technology Academy teachers and parents. We make home visits for the following reasons;
All students receive free tutoring from the faculty and from volunteers from area universities. Tutoring will be available as part of the Beehive Science Technology Academy after-school program and will be adjusted to fit individual student needs to maximize each student’s potential. Thus, some students may require tutoring one afternoon a week, whereas others may require daily tutoring. Because tutoring does not occur during the regular class time, it is not considered as part of the instruction requirement and will not be used to support the apportionment claim.
The free tutoring program will also benefit students who are not classified as low achievers. Tutors will be available for students performing at or above grade level upon request. These free tutoring sessions generally will occur after school, but some may be scheduled on the weekends, depending on student and parent preferences.
Beehive Science Technology Academy will encourage teachers to increase their level of attention to each student individually. Twice a semester, teachers will fill out a student progress report form and discuss student progress with other teachers, parents, and tutors. They will also provide a brief summary of their methodology and supplementary efforts, such as after-school tutoring and meetings with parents, that they are using to help students reach their maximum potential. In some classes, whenever appropriate, tutors will help individual groups (or individual students) to increase the degree of individual attention. Labs can be good examples in this context. While students are doing experiments in groups of two, tutors and the teacher will deal with each group as needed.
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Character Education Program
The Life Skills course offered at Beehive Science Technology Academy is one hour per week in each grade of middle school. The objective of the Life Skills Class is to encourage students to take responsibility for their actions, to familiarize them with good character traits, to introduce them to role models, and to help develop good citizens with high moral values.
Each month, a character trait (i.e., honesty, responsibility, respect, and integrity) is announced. Some other traits will also be included for student participation throughout the entire year, in order for students to be frequently reminded of these values and be given the opportunity to make connections between various concepts.
The curriculum for the Life Skills program at Beehive Science Technology Academy is built by using widely-used and approved resource guides.
BSTA builds an educational environment that involves both in-class and after-class individual attention. After-class individual attention will occur as part of our free after-school tutoring program.Students with a D or F grade in core subjects are classified as low achievers.These students will attend obligatory after school programs concentrating on the subjects in which they are weak.
Besides the recreational clubs, there will be tutoring groups on advanced math and science available for high achieving students. Tutoring programs will also help high achieving students prepare for statewide and nationwide academic competitions. The number of students in each tutoring group will not exceed eight. Volunteers from local universities will also help with tutoring programs under the guidance of teachers.
An improvement plan will be prepared for low-achieving students with the involvement of teacher, parent/guardian and dean of academics. Improvement plans will include additional homework, readings and mandatory after school tutoring. The student’s progress will be evaluated by the teacher in a timely manner.
To narrow the achievement gap for the low-achieving students, catch-up strategies such as free tutoring and homework clubs will be implemented during after-school program. Mandatory free after-school tutoring program tailored towards each student’s needs by the school staff will provide the opportunity for those students left behind to master the content standards for the relevant subject.
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