SMART stands for “Students Maximizing Academic Resources through Technology.” The SMART Academy offers year-round programs for academic development.The foundation of CIS Wake’s SMART Academy is the SMART Weekend School, a rigorous enrichment program designed to strengthen students in grades K through 12 in math and reading. SMART Weekend meets on Saturdays or Sundays for three hours each session for intensive instruction. Parents choose one day per weekend for their student(s). Led by certifiied teachers, scientists and researchers, instruction emphasizes:
Project-Based Learning (experiential learning)
Students practically apply the math and ELA principles that they have learned in a fun and interesting science-project.
Interactive Instruction (data driven instruction)
Individualized lesson plans are developed using benchmark data to monitor goal achievement. Lesson plans are loaded in each student’s on-line portfolio for work in our computer labs or at home.
Small Group Instruction (differentiated learning)
With a low teacher-student ratio, instructors help students develop a deeper understanding of core concepts. Students work together to achieve group performance goals and targets during each session.
Real World Application (social impact filtered via historical/current affairs lens)
Students make connections by discussing what they’ve learned in the context of current events. This makes their learning relevant.