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Academics FAQ

Q What is the student to teacher ratio?
Each level, which consists of approximately 10 student.

Q How often are students on the computer?
Students are on computer 1-2 hours a day, but is broken up into 15-30 minute increments, depending on the task.

Q Does Triad’s curriculum align with Common Core standards (www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/common-core-state-standards-what-are-they/)?
Yes, Triad’s students meet and usually exceed these standards.

Q In what ways is Triad like traditional schools?
Triad’s students still write papers, do research projects, book reports, and give presentations.  Although Triad is different from other schools, we realize our students will still have to transition into a traditional atmosphere once leaving Triad.  Our teachers will work with the family to ensure the student is prepared to go to the next school, whether it is the Davidson Academy, Monogue, Sage Ridge or into Washoe County School District.

Q What sets Triad apart from other schools?

  1. Triad has the lowest student to teacher ratios in Reno.
  2. Triad is a small school.
    Because of this small size and customized curriculum, our students cannot “fall through the cracks”. The parents have a direct line of communication with the directors and the teachers. Your concerns will be heard and dealt with to our best ability.
  3. Triad has a custom curriculum.
    Other schools may say they can level up or level down to meet their students’ needs. However, this is very difficult to truly do in a traditional classroom.  The school may be able to supplement the students’ curriculum but the student is still required to stay in line with the rest of the class.
  4. Reno’s only school with a SEL Curriculum (www.casel.org/social-and-emotional-learning/frequently-asked-questions/).
    Triad has partnered with Theory and Practice (www.theoryandpracticereno.com), a local group of psychologist, to provide a SEL Curriculum (www.casel.org/social-and-emotional-learning/frequently-asked-questions/)
  5. Triad’s academic assessments are administered one on one by a third party. Triad could do this in house but we believe we should turn to people who are trained and unbiased.
  6. Triad students have:
  • Spanish taught 4 days a week
  • Violin 4 days a week
  • Hands on Science – Hands-on Science encourages learning by doing. This form of education encourages children to experience science by participating in experiments.

Q How does Triad’s curriculum help gifted students?
The curriculum breaks grade level boundaries to meet where the child is functioning at academically. With Triad’s customized curriculum a student isn’t held back by the rest of the class. The student moves at his or her own pace, regardless of whether it is quickly or slowly. Once the student masters a concept he or she is allowed to move onto the next.

Q What is SEL?
Social situations can affect students learning and well-being in and outside the classroom. Triad promotes SEL (www.casel.org/social-and-emotional-learning/frequently-asked-questions/) (social emotional learning) as it teaches students how to effectively and constructively communicate with each other.  Many schools teach students how to master subjects such as math, reading, science, history, etc., but don’t teach the basic life skill such as, how to communicate how they feel and why. Without this basic ability to communicate and understand themselves it leads to frustration and anger with themselves and others. SEL involves the knowledge of understanding and managing one’s emotions. Helps the student set positive goals, feel and show empathy towards others, improve attitude about one’s self, others and the school, and have positive and productive communication towards others.

Q Why use a custom curriculum and not acceleration as others schools do?

Acceleration – This method shortens the time a student spends learning the K-12 curriculum. It allows the student to learn above their current grade level. Sometimes this is done by subject or by the entire grade (grade skipping).

Custom Curriculum – This method tailors the curriculum for a student in order to meet their ability levels and learning needs. A custom curriculum has the benefits of acceleration without the downfalls of the accelerated approach.

Downfalls with acceleration:

Acceleration by Subject

In acceleration by subject the student has to prove the mastery of concepts before they can be moved up. The problem with this solution is if the student does a mid semester move, how will they learn the material already covered in the advanced class. In addition, once in the advanced class the student will have a more challenging curriculum but is still expected to move at a pace with the rest of the class. What if you child understand the material more quickly than those around them OR needs more time to understand a particular concept?

Acceleration by Grade

Acceleration by grade (grade skipping) assumes the student’s ability is equal on all subjects. It is unusual for a student to be at the same academic level on ALL subjects. Many students have Asynchronous Development.

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