By LUKE BURTON
Throughout the years ACA has offered a variety of languages and english language arts (ELA) classes. There have been different language classes ranging from French, Spanish, and American Sign Language, although most have disappeared due to lack of staffing. “We are open to new languages it just depends on teachers and proposals.” said Nic Chapin, Principal of ACA. “For other languages students can go to CCC, BYU, or private tutors.” Sadly ACA will not be offering any new languages this upcoming year.
On the side of ELA, most classes stay the same unless we get a new teacher or a prior teacher decides they want to start a new adventure. Sometimes teachers decide to switch classes. For example Mr.Wynne is teaching Modern World History this year but next year he will be teaching High School Social Studies. Another factor, for teachers, that goes into offering a class is the cost. Depending on the class the cost will be more or less than other classes. When a teacher proposes a class they find what the cost of every hour. This means the price of the classroom and the teacher, the curriculum used, and the materials they need for that class. A factor for the school is core classes cost more for the school. Especially classes like Language arts that require a lot of extra preparation by the teacher outside of class hours.
Each language and ELA class also has to fit in the Master Schedule. Master Schedule building is a year long process that builds the schedule each year. In December and January the teachers have to propose courses for their subject. In February the board pulls the information from the teachers and starts building the Master Schedule. When building it, core classes always come first. Then they fit in as many electives as they can. This process is difficult because ACA has 395 people all on their own schedule and the schedule builders don’t want to schedule two classes at the same time that would cause conflict in many schedules.
A big factor for the students and parents is the allotment. ACA has a system where allotment increases each year with grade. This is due to the way that the school is intended to operate, parents homeschool their kids at home more frequently in the younger grades and less and less as they get older. How much allotment a student needs varies because everyone has their own unique schedule. For any overages of allotment, parents comes out of pocket. ACA can also provide a scholarship or offer a payment plan.
The teachers here at ACA are utilizing all their expertise and credentials. Mrs. Sanderson, teacher of Developing authors- Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5, and Middle School Speech – Grades 6-8, says, “I have a degree in English, a Master in Teaching degree, and am almost done with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I feel that my skills and experience with both teaching and writing are well utilized in the courses I teach.” Having teachers that love what they do and have the choice to do what they want is how ACA is built. This creates a great environment for the students.
ACA has always been family focused and student oriented all while having teachers that love to do what they do. “Our teachers get paid 60 to 80 percent of what normal school teachers get but have benefits like not working on Friday, and getting to go home right after they are done.” Says Danelle Till, ACA’s Business Manager. This just goes to show that the teachers here love what they do and are all for the students they teach.
ACA’s language and ELA department is strong offering classes that students want and teachers want to teach. Of course a new language class would be fun but at this time what we have will suffice. Keep a lookout for the new schedule coming out for next school year, and keep a lookout for new classes that you might enjoy.