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The Ernest Kimme Charter Academy for Independent Learning

What we are about...  
It was the staff’s recommendation that the school’s namesake be Ernest Kimme, a remarkable individual, who was intimately and immensely involved in the community of Vacaville; a man who carved out his own path and took satisfaction in helping others.  He purposely chose a life of service which left a legacy that may best be epitomized by the last stanza of Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken”:  


                                      I shall be telling this with a sigh  

                                      Somewhere ages and ages hence;  

                                      Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –  

                                      I took the one less traveled by,  

                                      And that has made all the difference. (“The Road Not Taken” 16-20)  

 

Ernest Kimme’s road of life led to a service record for the Vacaville community which was extraordinary and his accomplishments numerous.  He was a man who believed deeply in education and community service.  He was a committed educator for the Vacaville Unified School District as well as Vacaville Teachers Association President.  He served on the Vacaville City Council, as Vice-Mayor of the City of Vacaville, Chair of the Solano County Orderly Growth Committee, Vice President of Vacaville Community Housing, and Board member of the Vacaville Public Education Foundation.  His influence would endure and spread through his weekly column, which often focused on social issues, for the Vacaville Reporter.  He would also serve on the Reporter’s Editorial Board.  In addition to his public service, he was a mentor, teacher, and friend to countless others to better themselves as students, professionals, and citizens.

 
The Charter School offers the students of Vacaville in grades kindergarten - 12th grades interactive, innovative, and inspiring learning opportunities that are tailored to students’ unique interests as well as college/career pathways.  Our vision is to create an educational environment that embraces and encompasses the whole child; one that provides its learners with an innovative standards-based curriculum and extended learning options that are relevant and engaging to its students.  The hybrid learning environment of independent study, online courseware, and classroom instruction provide an educational paradigm shift that customizes the educational program to the student rather than forcing the student to conform to the school’s educational program.    
Community service is an integral part of the legacy of Ernest Kimme. This legacy is reflected in the Charter School’s philosophy of not only engaging students academically but through strategy of service learning and community engagement.  This teaching and learning strategy integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

   
Students at every grade level learn the value of giving of themselves for the greater good of their community.  As they participate in volunteer work and service projects students gain a greater sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, spiritual growth, personal identity, and moral development.  Students also develop the ability to work well with others as well as build leadership and communication skills.  They also gain greater intercultural understanding and improved social responsibility and citizenship skills.    
Ultimately, these community service activities and projects will foster a deep understanding of the importance of volunteering and helping others in a meaningful way.  Some of our on-going and grade-appropriate community service programs include:

● Support for homeless shelters

● Mentoring and tutoring programs

● Local food banks

● Creek clean up

● Park clean up

● Horseplay

● Toys for Tots

● Projects for veterans

● Support for local senior citizen communities

● Others  


Through our ongoing commitment to serve the broader community, we help build a school culture that exemplifies and honors the memory of Ernest Kimme.  
 
Vision, Mission, and Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs)  

 

Vision

The Charter School exists to provide an alternative education model that meets the individual academic and social needs of today’s students, through a focus on a culture of community service, in order to maximize their potential to positively impact their families and community.

  
Mission Statement

The Charter School will:

● Provide a rigorous standards-based instructional program so that students are equipped for success in college and career in the 21st century.

● Provide all students with an individualized Personal Learning Plan (PLP) that recognizes and responds to the unique needs of every learner.

● Offer blended learning options to meet the diverse learning styles of our student body.

● Offer Project Based Learning options to foster critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and presentation skills.

● Offer additional academic support for students in order to ensure their academic success.

● Involve all students in developmentally appropriate Service Learning and Community Engagement opportunities to instill cultural understanding and social responsibility.

● Offer extended learning opportunities to enrich the educational experience and engage students to foster the sense of belonging to our school community.

● Provide for the social and emotional well-being of each student by providing a safe and intimate learning environment.  

 

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs)

The Charter School strives to offer a rigorous educational program which fosters uniquely positive personal attributes in its students. Through the independent study strategy and augmented by direct instruction support, blended learning options, as well as clubs the school’s Essential School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs) provide a description of the student our school produces.  The five categories and descriptors also detail what we believe it is to be an educated person in the 21st century.       

 

1. Complex Thinkers who:

● Complete projects using effective problem solving techniques and a variety of resources.

● Apply learned skills, complex problem-solving processes and critical thinking to new problems and real life scenarios.

● Use higher level thinking skills, processes, and competencies to develop and extend their learning beyond the formal academic setting

● Analyze, integrate and synthesize multiple sources and perspectives to formulate a justifiable rationale within various contexts. 
 
2. Self-Directed Learners who:

● Use effective goal setting strategies to determine priorities and meet educational, vocational, and personal goals and standards.

● Exhibit good study and work habits that include completed schoolwork, attendance, promptness, and effective time management to accomplish projects.

● Exhibit teamwork motivation and discipline. Accepting individual and group responsibility while working in a group setting on projects and assignments.  

 

3. Responsible Citizens who:

● Utilize their skills, talents, and resources to serve and support others.

● Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures and engage in school, community and world affairs.

● Foster tolerance for individual differences and demonstrate skills in resolving conflicts through positive, non-violent alternative actions.

● Convey environmental awareness and responsibility.  

 

4. Productive Workers who:

● Use effective leadership and group skills to foster, develop, and maintain relations within a group to achieve mutually significant goals.

● Exhibit the confidence to lead a group and the flexibility to recognize and follow the leadership of others.  

 

5. Effective Communicators who:

● Convey complex ideas and emotions through written, verbal and visual mediums.

● Receive, interpret and analyze ideas and messages from others.  

● Use technology as a tool to enhance the communication of various ideas and points of view.