Program of Instruction

Philosophy

The philosophy of HighMark Charter School is to build a solid foundation in business education and provide a stepping-stone to successful careers that will encourage critical thinking and reflective approaches to learning.

HighMark Charter School has established the following four foundational philosophy stepping-stones of teaching and learning that will provide administration, teachers and students the framework to meet the mission of HighMark Charter School.

  • Interest and explanation
  • Appropriate assessment and feedback
  • Clear goals and intellectual challenge
  • Independence, control and active engagement

Utah Common Core

HighMark Charter School (HMCS) is subject to all Utah requirements as they relate to the Core Curriculum. The curriculum course offerings align with the Utah State Core Curriculum, Utah Common Core, and UCAS tests. The curriculum incorporates the Utah State Core Curriculum used by Davis School District. HMCS will utilize including, but not limited to: Curriculum Based Assessments, State Required Assessments, Computer Generated Assessments, and Performance Rubrics developed by the school.

Business Integration

HighMark Charter School will integrate into the core curriculum business skills, ethics, and practices by focusing on four areas of business: Sales and Marketing, Management and Leadership, Finance and Economy, and Entrepreneurship. These four areas will give HighMark Charter School a foundation for integration but will not limit curriculum adaptation and integration as the world of business changes in our global economy. To make sure our students have a solid grounding in economic, personal finance, and entrepreneurship concepts we will use a variety of activities, some of which might include, simulations and projects in the classroom, hands on experiences outside of the classroom, and guest speakers.

HMCS will utilize resources from the Council for Economic Education (CEE), which has been leading the charge for economic and financial education in K-12 schools across the nation and around the world. This program of instruction is designed to enhance the core curriculum and to give teachers, and educational trainers the tools needed to effectively teach these concepts.

In grades K-9, students will use the newly developed USOE Financial Literacy Passport Program, including multiple financial literacy resources, the Junior Achievement program, and the Council for Economic Education (CEE) Program to enhance the core curriculum. HighMark Charter School will provide an opportunity for students in grades 3-9 to display acquired business skills through participation in yearly Entrepreneurial Fairs. They will create a company, develop a product or service, market and sell their product or service, and then exhibit their experience during the Entrepreneurial Fair. Students may work in groups or individually. Each grade will have different requirements according to their level of business knowledge and understanding.

Lesson plans showing integration of practical business application

Research Based Curriculum

HighMark Charter School will use only research-based curriculum that aligns with the Utah State Core to best meet the needs of our student population. This curriculum will include Houghton Mifflin Journeys for K-6 and Holt, Rinehart and Winston 7-9 for Language Arts.  Glenco Math/MyMath will be used for the math curriculum for grades K-9.

Reading and Math instruction will occur in both grade level and ability leveled groups. Students may work together in mixed ability-level groups to teach and learn from one another. Students will have the opportunity to group in curriculum areas such as math and reading. This process will provide students with the opportunity to learn together, build self-confidence, and master skills. Teachers may work together on grade-level instructional teams in order to address all learning styles and abilities.

USOE’s reading and math model using tiered instruction will be used. In addition, those students needing extended/enhanced instruction will have the ability to be in higher grade level groups. Tier 1 instruction, or general instruction in Core subjects, will be given to all students. Some students will participate in Tier 2 instruction, which is early intervention instruction for students identified as needing extra support in specific academic areas. Tier 3 instruction will be provided to students needing a more intensive intervention. Tier 2 and Tier 3 students will be identified using a combination of screening, diagnostic, benchmark, and progress monitoring assessments such as curriculum based assessments, UPASS assessments, and teacher observation.

Informative Links:

Utah State Office of Education – Home Page
Utah State Office of Education – Utah Common Core
Financial Literacy Passport Program
Houghton Mifflin
Lemonde Day
EconEdLink
Finance in the Classroom
Junior Achievement of Utah
The Leader in Me
Data Gateway – School Grade
Online School Opportunities