School Year 2013-2014 has arrived! The teachers are gearing up for another phenomenal year. We are growing and have added more classrooms/students at all 3 sites. This year we are focusing on Early Modern Times (1600-1850) and Chemistry/Physical Science. The teachers are busily planning amazing lessons and activities.
CASE day will be implemented differently this year – it will occur at all 3 sites and will not be a full day. We made these changes based on the feedback we received. We are also hiring outside vendor teachers who specialize in an area to provide this instruction. This school year we will have a semester of acting/drama and a semester of sign language. We chose these classes because a) the kids surveyed asked for them and b) these are tough types of classes for students in junior high and high school to have exposure to when they are enrolled in an Independent Study program. For those students that are on the shy side, these are great classes to help develop a greater sense of confidence. For those students who have never known a shy day in their life, they will hone their public speaking and communication skills. Both classes require a study of body language and clear communication. Study Hall support will occur after the ACE days instead of on CASE day. Tuesdays after ACE will be for academic support and Fridays after ACE are focused on enrichment classes. CASE days start after Labor Day
CASE is for 7th grade and older and will be at each site this year (6th grade will be on a space-available and readiness determination). Lompoc will meet on Thursdayfrom 10:-12:30, Santa Maria on Wednesdays from 10:00-12:30 and Arroyo Grande on Thursdays from 10:00 – 12:30.
FALL ORIENTATION: Please come and get all of your paperwork in order, have your questions answered, meet your teachers and pick up your curriculum! We expect most curriculum to be filled however we are at the mercy of shipping companies! Also, if you ordered after July 6th, your order may only may be partially filled.
Lompoc, Tuesday, August 13th from 9 – noon
Santa Maria, Wednesday, August 14th from 9 – noon
Arroyo Grande, Friday, August 16th from 9 – 1:00 PM
If you can’t make these dates, there will be a make-up Orientation on Monday, August 19th at all 3 locations from 10am – noon.
TRIVIUM is HIRING!
Full – time Credentialed teachers (Single Subject, Multiple Subject and Educational Specialist)
Part-time support staff (classroom aides and lunch aides)
Part time ‘specialty’ teachers (drama, Sign Language, etc…) – please include hourly rate requested.
Please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a cover letter and resume. If you already emailed me at email@example.com, please re-send email and attachments to the above email address. We will be interviewing in early to mid-July. Please include any interview availability restrictions in your cover letter – it makes scheduling much easier! We will accept applications until June 30th.
Enrollment for Fall 2013
Charter school law requires us to hold a lottery if the school has more students asking to attend than the charter can accommodate. Trivium holds a lottery on or near February 15th. New families to Trivium must fill out an “intent to enroll” for Fall 2013. This electronic form will be on the website in November 2012. The “intent to enroll” form automatically becomes the lottery entry form. As the forms are drawn in the lottery process, students are listed in order and this is what creates the list of admitted students and the “waiting list”. Even if a request is made three years in advance for a spot at Trivium, we can’t bypass this lottery process. This is understandably frustrating to the planners among us! On the form, you will be given an option to add a second choice location if your first choice is full.
We do give priority to siblings of currently enrolled students in our lottery process.
The “intent to enroll” form that is currently on the website is for families who want to join during this school year. We can still admit students until February 15, 2012 where we have room.
Trivium serves students Kindergarten through 12th grade
Trivium Charter school is a public school and free to the public. Trivium uses a Classical Education model as its foundation. Students from Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County may attend any of the three learning centers – Lompoc, Santa Maria and Arroyo Grande.
Students attend Trivium’s ACE days (A Classical Experience) Tuesdays and Fridays in one of the 3 Learning Centers. Students attend from 9:00 to 2:30 focusing on Science and History. Students also study art and music as it relates to the historical time period. As a Classical-based school, students will also engage in public speaking, debate, Socratic-method discussion, dictation, copy-work and memorization as appropriate for the age level. Teachers at Trivium post their lesson overview each week so parents always know the subjects and activities planned. A third day of classes is being added for the 2012/2013 school year (please see information above).
Home Study days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and students focus on math, Language Arts, PE and other electives. Students have many curriculum options at Trivium for Home Study use. Parents are encouraged to individually tailor lessons and progress to their student’s unique needs, interest and ability. Trivium has a full-time Homeschool Coordinator to help new homeschoolers transition to this hybrid program.
At Trivium, we rotate through time periods in a 4 year cycle.
Year 1: Ancient History and Biology
Year 2: Medieval History and Earth/Astronomy
Year 3: Early Modern Times (1600-1900) and Chemistry
Year 4: Modern Times (1900-present) and Physics
Students will repeat this cycle every four years – the early years of study create the foundation that more in-depth knowledge is built upon in later years.