Bowman Charter School is located in the Ackerman Charter School District and serves students in Transitional-Kindergarten through eighth grades with an enrollment of 550 students. In 2006 Bowman School was recognized as a California Distinguished School. In 2007 the Ackerman School District was granted charter status. Consequently, families outside of the area boundaries have the opportunity to enroll their children as charter students.
(Our Charter Document is posted on our website for your review if needed).
As part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), school districts are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), using a template adopted by the California State Board of Education. The LCAP is required to identify goals and measure progress for student subgroups across multiple performance indicators. Ackerman Charter School District follows the exact same procedures as all Placer County Public Schools. We work very closely with our County Office on review of our goals. The LCFF and Ackerman District as a whole are supported throughout the year at the highest level by the County Office in all things school related. We rely heavily on our County Office for budget oversight. Ackerman Charter School District welcomes input from its parents, community, and other stakeholders during the development of the annual LCAP update.
Our LCAP is approximately 56 pages in length and was recognized by our County Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Renee Regacho-Anaclerio, in last year’s LCAP review as a model other districts in our county could follow. We actually presented our LCAP and the process we use at our LEA’s monthly Curriculum meeting to all of Placer County’s represented school districts. As an example we meet monthly at our school with what we have designated our LCAP Team to make sure we are continually refining, updating, and looking at academics, as well as school wide, targets. Our 2014-15 LCAP is posted on our website for your review as well.
Our scores, pre and post CAASPP, match up favorably with other Placer County school districts. This is not to say we are where we want to be but is confirmation we are working towards the goals we should be as they relate to the 8 State Priorities. (Data is attached)
Assessment is a large component of our LCAP Goals. Each goal pertaining to academics has an assessment element attached. Being a Transitional kindergarten through eighth grade school, assessments are targeted to specific grade levels to measure students’ progress and establish benchmarks.
In the area of reading/language arts, many assessments are given to measure students’ progress toward proficiency with the Common Core State Standards. In kindergarten, students are assessed using ESGI (Educational Software for Guiding Instruction). ESGI provides our teachers with a secure assessment platform to easily perform one-on-one assessments to quickly gather student performance data to use as formative and/or summative assessments.
In our primary classrooms (first and second grade), DIBELS Next (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) are used as assessment measures to assess the acquisition of early literacy skills. DIBELS assesses phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary depending on grade level assigned. Also, our first and second grade students are assessed on FRY words (high frequency sight words) and Slosson (measuring where students comfortably recognize words).
In our intermediate grades (third through fifth), students are assessed using DIBELS Next (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills). In the intermediate grades, DIBELS is measuring accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. Additionally, students are assessed using Slosson (measuring where students comfortably recognize words) along with AR STAR Reading. AR STAR Reading Assessments are computer adaptive adjusting to each student’s responses. AR STAR Reading is used for screening, instructional planning, progress monitoring and benchmarking.
In our middle school grades (sixth through eighth) students are assessed using AR STAR Reading. Students who are below grade level (1.0<n) are further assessed using Benchmark Assessor Live.
In the area of mathematics, our school has recently adopted Common Core Math Curriculum. Our primary and intermediate grades have adopted Go Math. Our middle school classes have adopted CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics). The teachers are using the math assessments that are included within each program. Go Math contains assessment and Intervention resources which are built into each unit, module, and lesson. CPM focuses on formative/teacher created assessments to measure students’ progress toward mastery.
Our students in third through eighth grades take the CAASPP test in the spring of each year. Our students participated in the pilot two years ago and took the CAASPP test in the spring of 2015. Initial data has been collected and will be reported in this year’s LCAP. Students at Bowman take training tests and practice tests to become familiar with the testing format and questions. IAB’s (Interim Assessment Blocks) are given to students to use as formative assessment data.
Our school successes are many. In 2006 we were recognized as a California Distinguished School. Our school’s attendance is made up of 40% in District students and 60% Charter students. We have a long waiting list each year of parents wanting to enroll their children into our District. Unfortunately we cannot take them all due to lack of facilities. Our students often go on to be top performing students in Placer County High Schools both in and out of the classroom. We have rigorous electives programs in middle school and are known for our performing arts. This includes, drama, dance, music, choral and general music in classrooms K-4. Middle school electives include STEM Robotics, 3 D printing, Video Production, Web Page Design, Marine Biology and Journalism just to name a few. Ackerman Charter School District enjoys a robust Student government program with active community involvement with the local Leo Clubs of Auburn as mentors. Ackerman fields competitive athletic teams in Sierra Foothill Middle School League in multiple sports. The league includes teams both charter and public schools from the foothills to the Rocklin Roseville areas of Placer County and the League commissioner is our Athletic Director Mr. Joe Swope.
Hopefully this gives you a little clearer picture of the Ackerman School District. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.