Westlake Academy utilized a committee to organize and develop the academic systems for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The committee, led by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinators, is composed of members from various departments and grade levels to build upon a diverse set of knowledge, perspective, and expertise. The committee met weekly throughout June and July in preparation for August 2020. All information contained in this document is in DRAFT form and was published effective 7/29/20.
The following information is based on official guidance given by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as of July 17, 2020. Any changes in official TEA guidance may lead to changes in the instructional delivery options. All instructional options must address the required curriculum per the Texas Education Code 28.002.
Instructional delivery for August 24, 2020, through September 18, 2020 (and if a mandatory school closure occurs)
During mandatory school closures, remote learning offered by Westlake Academy will consist of both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, aligned with the Planning Guidance provided by TEA.
Primary Years Programme - DRAFT
PYP teachers will provide a detailed schedule for students to follow for their synchronous lessons. Students will have both scheduled and flexible learning times daily. Families can expect to spend the following average times per week:
The following is a DRAFT of the PYP weekly remote learning schedule.
Middle Years/Diploma Years Programmes - DRAFT
Instructional Delivery Options - Starting on Monday, September 21, 2020 - DRAFT
Westlake Academy families with students in grades K-8 will be asked to choose either in-person or fully remote learning. Families with students in grades 9-12 will be offered either a hybrid option or fully remote learning. This selection must be made prior to August 10, 2020 pending any other Tarrant County Health Orders. It will come into effect on September 28, 2020 and remain in place for the first nine-week grading period. The exception to this is if a student is participating in on-campus education and develops symptoms of COVID-19 or must quarantine.
In Person Learning (K-8) - DRAFT
Remote Learning (K-12) - DRAFT
Fully remote learning for students in grades 9-12
Hybrid Learning (Grades 9-12 only) - DRAFT
Following the guidance given by the TEA on July 17, 2020, in grades 9-12, school systems may offer a less than daily on-campus instructional experience if there is a need to reduce the total count of people on campus at any one time to maintain social distancing. Per TEA guidelines, for campuses that select a hybrid model (a combination of in-person learning and remote learning), in-person learning must be available for at least 40% of the instructional days during a grading period.
For grades 9-12, families will choose either the hybrid option or fully remote. It is important to note that we will not offer face-to-face instruction 5 days a week for students in grades 9-12. This is due to the logistical nature of the campus.
Students in each grade level from 9 to 12 will be divided into two cohorts: Navy and Maroon. Navy will be for students with last names from A to L; Maroon for students with last names M to Z. Students living in the same household will be scheduled into the same cohort. Students will receive two days of in-person instruction using the traditional A/B block schedule, followed by two days of remote learning. Over the course of every four weeks, each cohort will receive ten days of in-person learning (five A days and five B days) and ten days of remote learning (five A days and five B days). In-person instruction will, therefore, be available for 50% of the time.
In-person learning in the hybrid model:
Remote learning in the hybrid model:
Assessment and Reporting - DRAFT
For the 2020-21 school year, assessment will follow the guidelines as outlined in the Primary and Secondary IB assessment policies. The pass/fail model implemented in the Spring of 2020 will no longer be used.
IB assessment strategies, such as open-ended tasks, performance tasks, selected response tests and quizzes, and observations, are central to the assessment process. They cover a broad range of approaches and provide a balanced view of the student. Students are also required to complete external assessments as directed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the IB. These strategies apply not only to in-person instruction, but also to students participating in remote learning.
Assessment in the Primary Years Programme
Assessment in the Middle Years Programme
Assessment in the Diploma Programme
Technology Support - DRAFT
All K-12 students will have access to Westlake Academy issued iPads with keyboard cases for in-person and remote learning. Technology staff will be available in both instructional models to assist students and staff with technology support.
Special Education - DRAFT
Westlake Academy will fulfill the student's IEP as laid out by the ARD committee, in accordance with federal law, regardless of the delivery of instruction chosen by the parents.
Section 504 Services - DRAFT
Westlake Academy will fulfill the student's 504 plan, in accordance with federal law, regardless of the delivery of instruction chosen by the parents.
Staff Training - DRAFT
Professional learning is critical to the success of remote and face-to-face learning. It requires a specialized skill set including establishing online norms, identifying expectations for synchronous and asynchronous learning, building relationships with remote learners, crafting teacher clarity at a distance, establishing students’ submissions protocols, and more.