A major part of why parents started Loveland Classical Schools was because they wanted a school that focused on the quality of the subject matter their students would be receiving.
As a charter school and school of innovation, LCS' elementary, middle, and high schools were organized around this desire of high quality content. And how better to provide quality instruction in a subject than to have a subject matter expert teach that class? This occurs in traditional middle and high schools but not in elementary schools. At Loveland Classical Schools, we believe that this level of expertise should be brought into our elementary school.
Beginning in the first grade, content level experts teach his/her subject: scientists teach science, mathematicians teach mathematics, historians teach history, artists teach art, and so on. Because each teacher teaches his/her specialty, each also brings passion and knowledge into the classroom, providing high quality content not commonly taught in the traditional elementary school model. This is known as departmentalization. For example, picture your average high school or college classroom where students have a different teacher for a different class. However, at LCS we have two modifications to this system. The first is the Classroom Coordinator (CC), who adds the essential piece of stability that our young students need as they grow in their educational environment. The second is, unlike high school and college, our model ensures that students stay in a primary classroom while their teachers rotate between classrooms to teach the subject. As a result of this system, at a younger age students are able to pick up on the teacher’s enthusiasm and love for the subject matter and become more engaged with the content. Further, students receive the core subject matter classes every single day, allowing for the class to engage deeper into the content than they would otherwise.
In case you’re wondering exactly what a Classroom Coordinator does, their primary responsibilities include the following:
- Establish a constant presence in the classroom
- Act as a central point of contact for parent communication
- Handle transitions between classes for efficient use of class time
- Establish and maintain meaningful relationships with all students
- Assist educators while they are teaching with non-academic needs (e.g. assisting students who need to go nurse’s office because they aren’t feeling well)
- Serve as a classroom assistant during teacher instruction to provide additional support to students
This is an innovation unique to Loveland Classical Schools, and we invite you to observe departmentalization firsthand and view the countless benefits that it provides.