Northwest Expedition Academy

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Welcome

  • Find your 2017-18 Back to School Info here

    2017-18 NExA School Supply List: Download or print [PDF]

    2017-18 Parent Calendar: Download or print [Color PDF, 18MB] OR [BW PDF, 8MB

    First Day of 2017-18 School Year: Tuesday, September 5

     

    Join us for our Open House /Back-to-School event!

    Join us to see your new school, see posted class lists and meet your teachers!

    Wednesday, August 30 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm

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    Summer Hours: 

    The front office is closed for the summer through August 16.

    Thursday, August 17: Open from 12 noon to 6 pm

    August 18 - Sept 4: Open from 9 am to 3 pm

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    New Student Registration

    Are you a student *NEW to our district* who is zoned for NExA? New Student Registration is Thursday, August 17 from 12 noon to 6 pm. If you have questions during summer break, call Christine Ballard at the district office, 208-664-8241.

     

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What are expeditions?

    Our students will go on academic and physical expeditions of learning. We believe students must learn outside the walls of the traditional school. Students will visit their community, job sites, businesses, lakes, forests, colleges, parks, mountains and museums to broaden their understanding of the world. Students will learn from real people, doing real work in the real world.

    During these journeys, students use critical thinking, hands-on learning, journaling, observation, exploration, collaborative learning and strategic and scientific methods to truly get to understand their world. Using the Idaho Core Standards, academic work is rigorous, challenging and purposeful.

     

    What is Project Based Learning?

    Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

    Learning must be purposeful and make a true difference in the community we live. For this reason, an authentic audience with community partnerships are paramount for all Project Based Learning (PBLs) at Northwest Expedition Academy.

     

    What is Genius Hour?

    Genius hour is a time of learning where students explore deeply their PBL and prepare for the exhibition of their work. This time is 2:15-3:15 for all students. The school will be buzzing during this time of learning  

     

    What is an exhibition?

    Exhibitions are an opportunity for students to exhibit the learning they are doing. The audience for these exhibitions will be parents, teachers, students, and community members. Students will be evaluated on the authenticity of their project, the project's focus on making a positive difference in the community, the academic rigor of the project and the student’s ability to present the project.  

     

    Why will parent teacher conferences feel dramatically different at NExA?

    At NExA, students are in charge of their learning, with purposeful nudging and encouragement from their teacher. We believe the best person to explain a child’s academic progress is the child. Therefore, the student will exhibit his/her work during the district's scheduled parent teacher conference.

     

    What will the Advanced Learner Program look like?

    ALP students will have an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) developed by the ALP teacher, the student and the parent. In this plan, the student's special needs will be outlined, addressed and detailed. Students assigned to ALP will be students who perform in the top 5% of their grade using nationally normed assessments.

    ALP students, grade 3-5, meet with the ALP teacher weekly to determine if the student is meeting his/her academic goals, to assess academic progress and to offer encouragement and support.

    During genius hour, students in grades 3-5 will work on their projects with the ALP teacher in the ALP classroom. Students in this classroom will be expected and encouraged to perform in an academically rigorous manner and will be challenged to reach their full potential.   

    What is inclusion?

    NExA believes that students learn best in their homeroom classroom, taught by a highly-trained teacher with specialized academic support pushed into the classroom learning. This means that students with special needs, students who have holes in their learning and students of exceptionality, will remain it their homeroom classroom for the majority of the day.  The special education teacher will work with the IEP team to ensure that all student needs are being met.

    There will be times when a child needs to be pulled out of the classroom to work on specific goals or progress monitor IEP goals, but this time will be minimal.  

    In the U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), least restrictive environment (LRE) means that a student who has a disability should have the opportunity to be educated with nondisabled peers, to the greatest extent appropriate.  IEP’s may need to be reviewed and amended to ensure each IEP is meeting this requirement.

    NExA has a Life Skills program for students with varying disabilities. Students in this program will be included in the classroom. It is important for students with disabilities to be with their nondisabled peers and it is just as important for nondisabled peers to learn beside a student with a disability.   

     

    What are the school rules?

    At NExA we believe that a large list of rules and regulations is difficult to remember, hard to teach and ineffective in positively changing a child’s behavior. For this reason, we have three rules at NExA-Be Kind, Work Hard, Be Safe. If a child is playing on the playground too roughly we ask, “Are you being safe? Are you being kind?” If a child is not putting forth his or her best effort in class we ask, “Are you working hard?” These three rules are taught to daily and will generally take care of most issues we see, everyday.   

     

    What does art look like?

    Art will be purposeful and follow the guidelines of our expeditions. Students will learn to make paper for their journals, tan hide for their journal covers, create sketches of what they observe in the natural world, draw buildings and engineer bridges; the list goes on.

     

    What does PE look like?

    Students will learn to move and play in their natural environment.This will include urban trekking, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, camping, team sports and individual sports.

     

    Is NExA a private or charter school?

    No. we are a public school in the Coeur d’Alene with a focus on Project Based Learning. We have a school zone and kids in this zone attend our school. Students outside our zone may apply for a transfer into our zone. These applications will be approved on a space-available basis.

     

Questions About Our School

  • About the new Northwest Expedition Academy

    “The Expedition Starts Here” — Expedition for 2017-2018

    ”How might a school be built to best educate children?”

    This expeditionary school (not affiliated with EL Education) is exemplified by Project-Based Learning expeditions (using the Buck Institute PBL philosophy), in a workshop model (using inquiry-based learning and the thinking strategies) with the world as our classroom. Students take physical and academic journeys using critical thinking, hands-on learning, journaling, observation, exploration, collaborative learning and strategic and scientific methods to truly get to understand their world. Using the Idaho Core Standards, academic work is rigorous, challenging and purposeful.       

    The key to academic success is a strong character. This school embraces the work by Angela Duckworth and Paul Tough which focuses on grit, curiosity, self-control, social intelligence, zest, optimism, and gratitude. PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is the framework to support students to make good choices and to work hard. Rather than telling students what not to do, this school focuses on praising preferred behaviors. Kindness will be embraced and taught and bullying will not be tolerated.

    Learning must be purposeful and make a true difference in the community we live. For this reason, an authentic audience with community partnerships are paramount for all Project Based Learning (PBLs) at Northwest Expedition Academy. Our advisory committee continues to search for positive role models, innovative community members and interesting people to increase the diversity of our learning.  

     

    Questions About Our School

    We welcome your questions about Northwest Expedition Academy! Have a question that is not answered below? Contact Principal Bill Rutherford at 664-2659 or email him at brutherford@cdaschools.org. He is happy to answer any other questions you may have.

    Will there be bus services?

    If so, when will the routes be available to review?
    Yes! There will be bus service. The Director of Transportation and I are working on those plans now and hope to have them available by June.

    Will Northwest Expedition Academy offer: PE/Library/Spanish/Technology/Art/Music?
    Yes! We will have PE/Library/Technology-STEM/Art/music. We do not have plans to have Spanish but if there is a desire, we sure can talk about it. Parents will have a voice in everything that happens in our school.

    Will students be provided ALP services?
    Yes! We will have an ALP teacher.

    What about a 5th Grade Class?
    Originally this was to be a K-4th-grade school. Thanks to the interest of our parents, we now have one 5th grade class. Jessica Moore is our teacher.



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