A Charter School is a school of choice that is not bound by one geographic location. Charter schools provide innovative alternatives to traditional schools and are accountable to the same mandates as public schools, are completely free, and are limited in seating. Anyone within select districts can apply, but not every student will be provided enrollment.
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Expeditionary learning is one of the Nation’s most innovative and successful school design instructional models. Through expeditionary learning design principles and practices, school designers enable our teachers to implement real life, project-based learning “expeditions” that promote literacy and integrate curricular content. Expeditionary Learning also delivers the school’s stated mission goals of providing students with a creative, adaptive and ethical environment consistent with the state’s curriculum standards.
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A positive school culture
Our schools are safe and respectful learning environments. The motto “we are crew, not passengers” guides our schools as they build cultures of respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness- where students and educators are committed to quality work and citizenship. Students take responsibility for each other and for their learning and build leadership skills that help them excel.
A great teacher in every classroom
We work closely with schools to provide the training and resources necessary to provide every student with a great teacher. Our teachers are trained to tailor instruction to help a diverse range of learners achieve. Research shows that our teachers are closing critical achievement gaps for English language learners and for Hispanic, African-American and low-income students.
Learning with a purpose
Our students are highly engaged learners, motivated to master academic content and produce high quality work. Their learning expeditions- which may result in original scientific reports, presentations to government officials, or urban renewal projects – contribute beyond the classroom. Learning with a purpose helps students develop the academic skills and work ethic that prepare them for college and beyond.
High expectations for all students
Our students are outperforming state and district averages on standardized tests and, in our high schools, 100% college acceptance is the standard. Our college-bound students learn inquiry skills, research skills, and habits of scholarship that motivate them to work independently, think critically about the world around them, and persist with their work until it is of high quality.
“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” – Bruce Lee
We track and coach character through tracking habits.
Responsibility: I can do what I am supposed to do
I can do what I am supposed to do and accept consequences for my actions.
I can make choices with others in mind.
I can always try and do my best work.
Perseverance: I can keep trying
I can keep going even when I’m tired and something is hard.
I can have patience and do what I can to help my crew move forward.
I can strive to do good work.
Gratitude: I can be thankful
I can be grateful for all that I have.
I can say thank you when someone does or says something nice.
I can appreciate the opportunities that I have at Manara Academy.
Collaboration: I can work with others
I can listen to others while they share and take turns.
I can say thank you when someone does or says something nice.
I can share materials and resources respectfully.
Compassion: I can be kind
I can be kind to myself.
I can show kindness towards others.
I can learn with my heart as well as my mind.
Early Language Development
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
As businesses and parterships become more global, it has never been as important as now to learn a second language. We prepare our students to learn a new language starting in Kindergarten so that they would be able to communicate effectively around the world.
Current languages taught in Irving: Arabic, French
Current languages taught in Arlington: Spanish
We like to embrace that everyone is different and every voice matters. Every day in our school, our students are set aside time to meet with their crew: a group of students that are not normally grouped together. A crew leader sponsors a lesson that requires the crew to work together to unravel a concept learned by active demonstration.
21st Century Learning
Through multiple programs, such as our one to one initiative (one device per student) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math), we do our best to prepare our children to become a global citizen through the means of technology. Not only will our programs serve as a valuable resources, but one of the main goals is to teach them the morals and characteristics of being a digital citizen, understanding how to interact properly in virtual environments, and train them to stay away from vulnerabilities.
Single Gender Classes
After thorough research, we found that students perform better when in gender-seperate classes in their pre-teens. A series of studies show that boys and girls learn differently and have different physical and emotional needs. Manara offers gender-seperate classes in middle school to provide a tailored environment in order for students to reach full potential in education and character.
It is our vision to be the pinnacle of knowledge, character, ethics, and community building.
- Teach children to be cognitive, analytical, creative and enthusiastic lifelong learners.
- Teachers are role-models for their students.
- Parents are role-models for their children.
- Senior students are role-models for younger ones.
Manara Academy will provide students with a creative, adaptive and ethical environment to prepare them to become future leaders of the society. Provide high academic achievement. Firm command of a foreign language. Address the needs of students, their families and their communities by building on the strengths of students’ cultural heritage and life experiences to enable them to become successful.
Our Core Values
We believe in individual, family, community, and global responsibility
We promise what we can deliver, and deliver on every promise
We need to give our best, for our school to be the best
We believe in innovation, hands-on experiences, and life long learning
We believe that what gets assessed gets improved
Character & Ethic
We believe in truthfulness, integrity, trustworthiness, and doing the right thing sincerly