Barack Obama Charter School, in Los Angeles, CA is part of
the Ingenium Schoolsâ€™ charter school campuses. How are they different from any
other school? Ingenium Schools use the RISC (Re-inventing Schools Coalition)
philosophy and model, a model that has won the Malcolm Baldrige National
Quality Award, the toughest standard for organizational performance in the
At Barack Obama Charter School, students learn at their own
rate, and teachers engage the children in learning. With parental
communications, parents know exactly what their child needs to achieve in order
to master the next academic level. Ingenium Schoolsâ€™ focus is helping all
students develop a passion for learning and fulfill their individual potential.
At Ingenium Schools you will find a deep commitment to
children. Every child will learn, every child can meet high standards, and every
child can succeed in life. By combining this dedication and belief in children
with a learner-centered approach, we provide each student the best opportunity
Why use a learner-centered rather than a teacher-directed
approach? Students become leaders of their own learning process; they buy into
it. Teachers become a guide to learning instead of always being the director.
Students are expected to demonstrate a much higher level of mastery for each of
the California State Standards. Each childâ€™s knowledge and progress towards
proficiency is evident to all. In a traditional system, time is the constant
and learning is the variable. In a RISC system, it is the opposite: learning is
the constant and time is the variable.
Students move at their own pace, continuously being
motivated and challenged by their teachers, while honoring each studentâ€™s
natural developmental differences. This learner-centered approach is at the
core of the RISC model and drives all choices. The first and final question
that is discussed before making any decision is: how does this affect the students?
This is imperative when decisions determine how to relate to the schoolâ€™s
shared vision, what kind of changes need to be made in the way we instruct our
students, how the school leadership can improve, or how we can never settle for
mediocrity. All of these questions are continually considered with your
studentâ€™s best interest coming first. When thinking about the education that
you hope to provide your child, what could be better than this?