Tuesday, January 27, 2015

iLearn Academy Charter School Opens its Doors

iLearn Academy Charter School opened this week with 110 students making their way to the island's newest and second charter school.

Students were bussed from around the island to the campus in Yigo where the school held its very first orientation. iLearn academy principal Rachel Alquero said, "Right now, we're doing orientation for all of the students, so as you can see they are all grouped by their grade level, they were introduced to their teachers, and their classmates so really right now we're just using it as a time to get to know each other." 

Not only were the students introduced, but at 10am on the first day, they were already getting their first taste of robotics and iPads. "Today they're going to be introduced to the iPad, so all of the teachers are going to be giving an example on how to take care of it, what they can expect from the iPad, what they're going to do with it within the classroom, just go over the rules and things like that," Alquero continued. 

So parents might wonder, what will a typical day be like for students at a technologically-driven school?  "What the typical day is for the students is, from here on out they will be doing all four core classes in the morning, they will have their lunch and their break, and within the classroom they will be utilizing the iPads, they will also be doing journal writing within the classroom," she explained. 

Although core classes will take place in the mornings, the afternoon is reserved for extracurricular coursework, with Alquero adding, "We have a range of classes so they'll be doing robotics, PE, art, music and dance, so all of the students will have two of those classes every single day." 

iLearn Academy is still accepting applications, but the deadline to register students K-5 is this Friday. 

Source: Isa Baza, KUAM

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