Ki Charter Academy provides educational services for the students at San Marcos Treatment Center. Ki Charter is a free-standing independent charter school accredited by Texas Education Agency (TEA). The school model was designed with our students’ needs in mind and school lessons incorporate evidence-based tools to enable students to engage in the learning process. Programs and tools used for students include:
- Math and Reading curriculums are designed to address the needs of struggling students. Ki Charter’s participating student outcomes grew over 70% during the 2016-17 school year.
- Our unique STEM lab provides modular, hands-on, inquiry-based content for elementary-level science students. In 2016-17, 96% of participating students displayed improvement from pre-test to post-test.
- The STEM lab also provides a cloud-based program that immerses middle school and high school students in a variety of hands-on activities designed to access relevant real life skills and the lab guides students step-by-step through interactive intuitive software and includes embedded supports designed for independent problem solving.
- The Social Emotional Learning Curriculum is directly taught in class and embedded throughout the school year. Ki Charter’s Individual Development competencies mirror San Marcos’ language and behavior enhancement model to create a seamless partnership geared towards student growth.
- Career Technology Education classes are geared around project-based learning and career exploration based on personal interest. Students can earn applicable certifications including Food Handlers Certification, ServSafe food and beverage safety certification and OSHA certification.
- Kinetic furniture is designed to improve health outcomes and increase academic achievement. Kinesthetic desks support the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and ADHD and include small group bicycle desks, desks with a pedestal that students can stand and sway and balancing stand-up desks.
Ki Charter’s commitment to partnership with U.S. Military service members is engrained in the organization as the charter itself was founded by four U.S. Army veterans. Ki Charter staff have vast experience in working with diverse and challenging populations and the school participates in “Troops to Teachers” to actively recruit service members that are transitioning from active duty to a career in education.