Griffin Academy: A New Charter School in Vallejo, California

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Instructional Model

At Griffin Academy, the framework for the instructional design in the core academic and technology courses is from Summit Learning. The curriculum was developed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), based on an analysis of the Summit Charter Schools’ curriculum, data, and feedback by students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Since 2013, Summit Public Schools has partnered with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, & Equity (SCALE) to develop performance assessment tools and systems that support and build teachers’ capacity to build better performance assessments and to implement performance assessment effectively and equitably. MIT Griffin Academy, as a Summit Learning partner school, is the beneficiary of this extensive, research-based curriculum effort.

Learn more about the Summit Learning Program Agreement.


The following videos provide more information about the program.

The Teacher’s Role

The Student’s Role

Cognitive Skills

The Teacher’s Role

Teachers facilitate authentic, deeper learning projects and provide coaching and feedback on cognitive skills.

The Student Experience

Students engage with projects that connect the classroom to the real world. When students work in teams to apply what they’re learning to projects that mimic and solve real-world problems, they develop strong collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills.

Content Knowledge

The Teacher’s Role

Teachers target instruction individually and in small groups based on real-time student assessment data.

The Student Experience

Students work through playlists of Common Core and NGSS-aligned content at their own pace and take assessments on demand.

Habits of Success

The Teacher’s Role

Teachers mentor students in weekly check-ins, providing ongoing feedback and serving as a coach and advocate. to develop habits of success such as learning strategies, emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.
What are Habits of Success and how do you use them?

The Student Experience

Students reflect on their experiences with their mentor and develop habits of success, including learning strategies, emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.

Sense of Purpose

The Teacher’s Role

Teachers develop strong relationships with students to understand their aspirations, help them set goals and reflect on their progress through weekly mentoring check ins.

The Student Experience

Students make a plan for success in college, career and life. No matter what students want to accomplish in their lives, they need a plan to make that dream a reality. Students set and track short-term academic goals and long-term college and career goals.