John E. Flynn a Marzano Academy
The John E. Flynn a Marzano Academy is a public school of innovation created around the vision of Dr. Robert Marzano where highly-trained teachers and staff will deliver a quality education focused on academics and the development of social and emotional skills to prepare students to live productive, fulfilling lives. Flynn Elementary will become just the second Marzano Academy in the United States.
Dr. Marzano is a leading supporter of competency-based education, and was looking for a school that was equipped to implement his vision of a personalized education that meets the needs of all children. Westminster Public Schools (WPS) is the largest school district in the nation to adopt a Competency Based System learning model, and after nine years refining the model made WPS an ideal partner for Dr. Marzano.
The school will open as a pre-kindergarten though level 5 school, and will expand to include levels 6, 7 and 8.
What is a Marzano High Reliability School?
A Marzano High Reliability School helps students to learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers and beyond. The framework consists of five levels:
- Safe and Collaborative Culture
- Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
- Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
- Standards-Referenced Reporting
- Competency-Based Education
In addition to a solid core curriculum, students will focus on a yearlong project in which they find creative, meaningful ways to give back to their community. For more information about High Reliability Schools, visit marzanoresearch.com/hrs/high-reliability-schools.
What is Different?
Students at the John E. Flynn a Marzano Academy will wear uniforms and have a longer school day beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 3:30 p.m. The extended hours equal two weeks of additional instruction. In addition, extended day opportunities will continue until 5 p.m. Among the programs under consideration are lacrosse and martial arts. The Academy partners with outside groups including Rachel’s Challenge to develop a climate and culture that ensures a safe nurturing environment in which students learn tolerance for others and build their own self esteem.