Introducing Free Bus Service for REALM Students

Introducing Free Bus Service for REALM Students

The new REALM school bus is here!

With our beautiful new custom bus, we’re now able to offer our students free bus service to our middle and high schools!

We’ll also use the bus for transportation on school field trips and for our REALM sports teams.

As the only charter school in the area to offer free bus service, we’re thrilled to better serve our school community by making it easier than ever for our students to get to and from school.

Need a ride? Give us a call to learn more!

Important Update on our New Middle School Location

Important Update on our New Middle School Location

Dear REALM Middle School Families:

I am writing to provide an update on our facilities for the 2018-2019 school year. As many of you know, we have a brand-new facility at 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley. This new location is part of our long-term plan to remain in Berkeley and to provide an exceptional education to your children. We selected this building based of its proximity to UC Berkeley and because of the partnership with the Pacific School of Religion. Construction is underway at our new building but we recently ran into an issue that will delay our ability to move in before the start of school. We are improving the strength of the building to withstand an earthquake and we are using the highest standards set by the Berkeley Building Department. This additional work will delay our move in date by four-weeks.

In the meantime, we were fortunate to sign a short-term lease at the Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito. The are closing their school as of July 1, 2018 so their entire campus is available for a six to eight week rental. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you and/or your family. We just found out a few days ago that construction was not going to be completed in time and we felt that this is the next best solution. We promise this will be temporary. We will be in our new, long-term home very soon. Teachers and staff have been planning to make the temporary home as loving and conducive to learning over the past few days. They are also very excited to see and serve your children.

I promise to remain in communication with you throughout this process and will update you with any changes and so as they become available to me.

Temporary address:
Tehiyah Day School
2603 Tassajara Ave. 
El Cerrito, CA 94530

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at (510) 809-9800. Again, thank you for your understanding and support.

Remember, the first day of school is August 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM.

Sincerely

Victor Diaz

REALM Charter School: What We Believe

REALM Charter School: What We Believe

At REALM Charter School, our mission is to advance knowledge through rigorous studies, cultivate resiliency, develop critical thinking skills, and equip students in grades 6-12 to serve our communities and the world in the 21st century.

What does that look like in practice? In our previous post, we looked at the principles of Love, Grit, and Action, on which our school is founded, and how they guide us every day.

In the post below, we’re exploring four of our core beliefs, and how they are embodied each and every day in our learning community.

We believe children walk into REALM with a ton of genius already.

REALM students help each other and learn together. They are creative, compassionate, and different. Whether they’re holding a hammer or a pencil, a stylus or a measuring tape, children walk into our doors with curiosity and open minds, ready to expand their universe.

 

We believe children walk into REALM with a ton of genius already.

 

We believe creativity is rigorous.

We believe that rigorous methods and creativity are not at odds. We hold high expectations and continually challenge our students to engage in the rigorous process of creative thinking.

Our spaces for learning are both structured and spontaneous. The REALM environment is designed and dignified, encouraging students to look under rocks and around corners. Learning happens on smart boards, in pods of rolling chairs, in the park down the street, and in the hallways between classes.

 

We believe creativity is rigorous.

 

We believe education should reinvent itself more frequently.

Our teachers take on radical efforts and attempt the impossible. They explore new and emerging technologies, use design thinking in the classroom, and integrate project-based learning into every unit.

They hear, support and reward the creative ideas of students, and turn those ideas into lesson plans and units. They continually iterate and improve on their lesson plans and teaching practices, embracing critique from peers, leaders, and students. The content they teach every day is experimental, rigorous, aligned to state standards, and always student-centered.

 

We believe education should reinvent itself more frequently.

 

We believe education is a tool to realize a student’s life purpose.

Coursework at REALM is a conversation, not merely a curriculum. We teach and learn from a place of inquiry, compassion, grit and rigor. We recognize there are many answers to the same question, and our teachers build classroom communities around the voices of students and their needs. Students are pushed to ask “why,” to brainstorm, to fail forward, and to make connections across classes and beyond school walls.

 

We believe education is a tool to realize a student's life purpose.

 

The bottom line

Our middle school and high school programs support and challenge the whole child. We prepare our students to pass Advanced Placement (AP) exams, master Common Core standards, find success on the SAT, and succeed in college.

We also measure their growth in how they collaborate with each other, how often they iterate, and how they contribute to building community inside and outside our walls — ensuring they graduate with the audacity and tools needed to change the world.

Would you like to join us? Contact us for more information, or submit your application today.

Love, Grit, Action: What Do These Principles Mean to Us?

Love, Grit, Action: What Do These Principles Mean to Us?

At REALM, we recognize that test scores, analytics, data and grades can never fully capture the learning of a student.

We work collaboratively across grade levels and disciplines to create, refine, and use multiple metrics that honor and illustrate the many forms of learning and genius our students demonstrate and work towards.

Our school rubrics are built around the three principles of Love, Grit, and Action. These principles are both goals and standards by which our school culture is defined in every way.

Here’s a look at how these principles drive our school in 5 key areas. 

School
Culture

Love

Students are known.
Differences are appreciated. Community agencies are integrated.

Grit

Students are tough.
Students are taught how to get “unstuck.”
Collaboration is ubiquitous.

Action

Students have a participatory voice and a hunger for change.

Teaching

Learning is fun, rigorous, innovative, and integrated.
Metacognition is practiced.
Problem-solving is central. Challenges are welcome. Endurance is required.
Communities are transformed and new discoveries unearthed.

Learning

Teachers are reflective.
Leadership values self-care of teachers. Dialogue is ongoing and committed.
Research is comprehensive and rigorous. Analytics are diverse and ongoing. Evidence is systematically collected and shared.
Teaching and learning are always purposeful and thorough.

Parents

Families are actively engaged. Communication with families is individualized and consistent.
Parents employ creativity.
Decisions are made compassionately with family, children, and self in mind.
Children ignite their self-purpose in partnership with parents.

Design
Thinking

Listen.
Learn “how to see.”
Lead with empathy.
Do the research.
Ideate.
Prototype.
Refine.
Repeat.
Build.
Evaluate.
Reflect and share.
Transform.

School Culture

Love

Students are known.
Differences are appreciated.
Community agencies are integrated.

Grit

Students are tough.
Students are taught how to get “unstuck.”
Collaboration is ubiquitous.

Action

Students have a participatory voice and a hunger for change.

Teaching

Love

Learning is fun, rigorous, innovative, and integrated.

Grit

Metacognition is practiced.
Problem-solving is central.
Challenges are welcome.
Endurance is required.

Action

Communities are transformed and new discoveries unearthed.

Learning

Love

Teachers are reflective.
Leadership values self-care of teachers.
Dialogue is ongoing and committed.

Grit

Research is comprehensive and rigorous.
Analytics are diverse and ongoing.
Evidence is systematically collected and shared.

Action

Teaching and learning are always purposeful and thorough.

Parents

Love

Families are actively engaged.
Communication with families is individualized and consistent.

Grit

Parents employ creativity.
Decisions are made compassionately with family, children, and self in mind.

Action

Children ignite their self-purpose in partnership with parents.

Design Thinking

Love

Listen.
Learn “how to see.”
Lead with empathy.
Do the research.

Grit

Ideate.
Prototype.
Refine.
Repeat.

Action

Build.
Evaluate.
Reflect and share.
Transform.
Interested in learning more about our school and our approach to education? We’re here to answer all your questions! Contact us for more information.

More about our school:

Now Accepting Enrollments for 2018-19!

Now Accepting Enrollments for 2018-19!

We’re excited for summer, but we’re VERY excited to welcome new families into the REALM Charter Schools for our 2018-19 school year.

Connect with us to learn more about our project-based curriculum, our talented and diverse teaching staff, and our commitment to educating the whole child. Oh, and our beautiful new middle school is just one block from UC Berkeley’s campus.

Love. Grit. Action.

Submit your application here.

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