Our Curriculum: Paragon
Mosaica School Design
The Mosaica Education Inc. (MEI) model subscribes to the philosophy that rigorous college-prep courses will allow students to be well-equipped for today’s competitive and changing world. At Mosaica, students acquire the academic skills and confidence that are necessary to succeed in further studies and well beyond in the 21st-century workplace.
Mosaica features an innovative curriculum, a high degree of connectivity and personalized attention, intensive teacher training and constructivist, student-centered learning. Mosaica utilizes and integrates technology to enable teachers to custom-tailor academic programs to students’ unique skills and interests. The integrated high-tech/humanities approach encourages all students to realize their full potential, and to benefit from a world-class curriculum with effective teaching strategies woven seamlessly into rich, relevant content for today’s global economy.
Mosaica encourages families to commit to the long-term K – 12 International Model. Students coming in at the high school level will do so with a strong academic and extra-curricular background in K-8, solid student achievement scores, as reflected by standardized and placement tests, and a firm commitment to rigorous, college preparatory study.
The Mosaica Education K – 12 Model is accredited by AdvancEd in the US and aligns with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Mosaica provides strong support to students applying to U.S. colleges and universities with SAT exam preparation, Advanced Placement (“AP”) course work and college placement assistance.
At Mosaica, personalized attention not only fosters a positive behavior support and accelerated learning environment, but also emphasizes that each student has the ability to achieve personal excellence. Every student’s talents, challenges, and needs will be addressed. Personalized Student Achievement Plans (PSAPs) are an integral tool in helping students to meet their academic goals successfully. Guidance counseling will support students in discovering the different opportunities for which they can strive. Particularly as students proceed to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12, they will receive expert guidance and coaching in their course work and AP examination(s) selections. Even those students who are on the path to becoming the first college graduate in their family will understand how to select coursework strategically and to craft admissions and scholarship applications that showcase their unique talents and convey their case compellingly. College Placement will not only help students find the right match for their academic and personal interests, but will also assist them thoroughly and systematically with the application process. Mosaica students will also receive expert assistance with locating scholarship and financial aid funding sources. As active participants in the Mosaica learning community, students will cultivate the skills, the love of learning, and the confidence they need to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.
Vision: Pillars and Portals of the Academic Program
Mosaica features an engaging college preparatory model. At the center of the curriculum is an academic core that provides students with a strong foundation in language arts, math, science, social studies, history, and foreign languages. This broad education maximizes student options for careers and future studies in the arts and sciences, while also providing opportunities for intensive study and AP coursework in selected areas of related interest. The academic program balances its emphasis on both the arts and the sciences, providing students with world-class opportunities to explore and develop their talents in both areas.
Mosaica has a technology infrastructure that supports the overall educational model. In-class computers provide seamless, integral support for student learning in Language Arts and in Paragon. Exemplary educational software serve as multimedia support in conjunction with websites in virtually every lesson plan. Image-rich slideshow, presentations for SmartBoard delivery in the classroom and for Elluminate delivery via distance learning, engage all kinds of learners and model for students effective reading and note-taking strategies. These distance learning delivery models of core content areas also provide job-embedded professional development for classroom teachers as they collaborate in real-time with expert online instructors and bring to life the hands-on, interactive element in the classroom.
In addition to the integrated use of technology as an effective tool for learning, Mosaica will also offer quality online coursework with rigor, relevance and expert instruction for personalized accelerated learning
A state-of-the-art computer lab is in place for computer science courses. Additionally, a formal technology instruction program leads students in their mastery of office applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.), web page design, graphic design and photography and filmmaking, along with the conversions of the latter to digital platforms.
Mosaica features classes in Theater and the Visual Arts. In the Information Age, visual literacy, design, and communication skills are as necessary as computer skills, literacy, and numeracy. Twenty-five years ago students had to manipulate words (and typewriters) to write high school term papers. Pictures did not enter into the equation. Now students are expected to cover that same material in multi-media presentations using audio voice-over, video, graphics, animation, and edited sound bytes. Students today may know how to manipulate software to create a multimedia presentation, but for true mastery they must also know how to design it aesthetically to convey their point compellingly.
At the same time, face-to-face communication will always remain vital, as social intelligence becomes an ever-more critical differentiator in future success. Although increasingly, our communication occurs via internet, the most vital form of communication occurs face to face. The performing arts teach not only communication and collaboration skills useful in any field of endeavor, but they also connect us to our own humanity.
In addition, specialized study of the respective histories and philosophies of the arts and sciences will help students to discover, explore, and enjoy the many connections and commonalities between these fields of human endeavor such as creativity, curiosity, intuition, self-expression, perception, use of the senses, analytical and critical thinking, decision-making, and the development of representational structures.