Primary Charter School is a five-(six, if attending TK)-year program that provides four organizational classroom models: Transitional Kindergarten, Initial Phase (kindergarten), Phase One (grades 1 and 2), and Phase Two (grades 3 and 4). The instructional program focuses on a multiage setting for Phases One and Two. Kindergarten is not multiage due to the wide variety of life experiences these students have when entering school. Because of the multiage approach, the instructional program is designed with a two-year curriculum cycle in each phase. The instructional program also focuses on developing school wide outcomes in each of the grades. All students are expected to exit Primary Charter School demonstrating the following characteristics: Polite Citizenship Productive Workers Proud Individuals Positive Cooperators.
The mission of the Tracy Learning Center is to equip students with the skills necessary to better understand themselves, their relationship with learning, and their responsibility as a citizen of the 21st Century. Students are able to organize and analyze information, draw appropriate conclusions, present their findings and then share their research via networks with others locally and around the world. The schools meet the needs of every student by making possible engaging, relevant, and intellectually challenging learning opportunities that were previously difficult or impossible to achieve.
The ability to utilize, manipulate, and share information enables pupils to become self-motivated, competent, and life-long learners. The educational climate fosters student learning utilizing different modalities and provides a non-threatening environment in which learners can be motivated. The teachers act as facilitators providing opportunities for small group instruction and individualized learning. Teachers also create a community which empowers students to discover the unique qualities of their own learning. All students participate in service learning projects that involve collaboration with city and business representatives, thereby forming connections as contributing members of the larger community. Learning does not result from access alone, but from continuous dynamic interaction among students, educators, parents, and the extended community.
Primary school colors are blue and gold. The school symbol is a triangle. It represents the importance of the parent, student, and staff working together to develop the basic skills and values of our young students. The focus of our educational program for our students is captured in the three words: Explore, Educate, and Enrich. The mascot is a tiger cub which grows when the students enter Discovery. Primary is comprised of grades K to 4.
PE and Electives are scheduled by class on a daily basis and lunch time is set for each grade level.
The kindergarten class consists of 66 students, three teachers, and three learning guides.. Students in grades 1-4 are placed in multiage groups. The groups are comprised of students in two grade levels. The multiage 1/2 and 3/4 classes consist of 44 students and three teachers. Students in kindergarten through fourth grade are placed in learning groups for math and reading so that skill development can be addressed at the appropriate level of intervention. Students are taught at the correct instructional level, not at the grade level. Some students require advanced work while others are progressing at a slower rate and need work below the grade level. All students should be successful if the learning is geared for their level. Students should not feel frustrated but should always feel challenged.