VIDEO: Guam’s First Charter School Opens to Students

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Guam – The island’s first charter school began the 2013/2014 School Year today at its campus in Tiyan.

Guahan Academy Charter School is holding student orientation throughout the week with students reporting to school one day out of the week depending on their grade level.

Students in grades 8 through 10 were on campus today.

“What we’re doing today is we’re doing some baseline (testing) and that will give us an idea of where the kids skills are and that’s both a criterion reference as well as a norm reference where their performance is being compared to others in their grade level,” School Director Donna Dwiggins told PNC. “So that gives us an idea of where the students are entering so at the end of the year when we re-administer the tests then we have a pretty good idea of the gains that students have made during the academic year. We’re also doing some one on one individual assessment and some of that individual assessment is part of our baseline and some of it is program placement to make sure that we have them in the right reading math and language classes so that we maximize their progress.”

Sixth and seventh graders enrolled in the school will have orientation tomorrow.  Dwiggins reminds parents that students attending GACS will ride the private school buses.  Students being driven to school by their parents can be dropped off in the back of the campus by the Tiyan soccer fields.