UCP Charter Schools has created a new kind of community; one where everyone has access to individualized learning and everyone is encouraged to learn together.
Mainstream instruction models don’t always work for every child because every child learns and retains information differently.
Some students are gifted and accelerated, some students are bright but need more time or strategic intervention, some students have disabilities, some students are artists, engineers, shy, empathetic, outgoing. We strive to engage all learners through an inclusive model that focuses on the potential of each individual child.
UCP’s first venture into academic inclusion was bold, as we challenged the use of special education classrooms by raising the expectations drastically and beginning with a philosophical belief that all kids deserve a high-quality accessible education.
Studies show that instruction in an inclusive classroom (commonly 50% kids with disabilities and 50% kids without disabilities) was mutually beneficial to both sets of students. The interpersonal benefits seem obvious, it destigmatizes preconceptions about disabilities and cultivates compassion, but the model also has the potential to destigmatize preconceptions about learning. When you place learning in an inclusive setting it’s no longer solitary, boring or stressful, it becomes communal.