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Head of School Message

Dear Families of Academia Moderna Charter School, 

It is with great pride that I welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year at Academia Moderna Charter School (AMCS). You chose to be a part of the AMCS Family and we are very excited and greatly appreciative to embark on this new school year together. 

We are an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, and we believe in educating the whole child through an inquiry-based model that focuses on interdisciplinary themes and character education through the IB Learner Profile. Our goal is to develop the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of kind individuals focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a Transitional Kindergarten to fifth grade programme that fosters independent thinking skills encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning and actions. In addition, the PYP incorporates local and global issues into the standards-based curriculum through interdisciplinary themes. 

Academia Moderna’s “culture of care” addresses the whole child and implements Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS). Students are encouraged to reflect upon their behavior and problem solve solutions to resolve conflicts to make things right through Restorative Practices. PBIS and Restorative Practices are for all students to feel safe both physically and emotionally, and are implemented in the classroom and non-classroom settings. 

The Staff at Academia Moderna is diversified and has your child’s best interest at heart. Teachers receive professional development each fall in the IB-PYP Programme and weekly with their school leadership. Teachers also collaborate daily on lesson planning, interdisciplinary theme development, language development, and assessments. The T.A.’s work with students to provide targeted support on academics that include reading and math. The Yard Supervisors ensure that students are safe during recess and lunch and they support the main office. The main office has an office manager who ensures that daily operations of Academia Moderna run smoothly. Our maintenance team ensures that the facility is in good working order.

Some of our goals for the next year are to improve upon our implementation of the IB-PYP Programme, to raise our academic performance, and to continually examine our “best practices” to meet the needs of all our students. 
Thank you for trusting us with your children. Academia Moderna takes this responsibility very seriously. We are looking forward to having you be part of the Academia Moderna family for the 2022-2023 school year and beyond. 

Kind Regards, 

Tanya Esqueda 
Head of School
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