Award-Winning & Accredited Academic Program
Performance-Rated by CDE, Winner of the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, Accredited by Cognia™ & more!
K-12 Academic Overview
At Banning Lewis Academy, we teach a rigorous and content-rich curriculum where the Humanities merge with High-Tech to offer a world class education. Our program combines a rigorous education with the practical technology training required for college and career readiness. Our program integrates character education beginning in Kindergarten all the way through High School. By Middle School, specialty subjects increase with opportunities such as online courses, experiential and enrichment programming, and the Concurrent Enrollment program. Each student receives a well-rounded education that is individualized to their achievement and customized to their interests.
Elementary School, K-5
Our interdisciplinary program instills in students a captivating conceptual understanding and chronological picture of history, as well as an awareness of the interrelationships between different domains of knowledge such as English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Science. In addition to these core subjects, our elementary students also receive regular instruction in Performing Arts, Art, Music & PE. Our students additionally benefit from a longer school day, with 20-30 minutes more learning time than the district average.
Daily instruction in:
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
Additional instruction in:
- Physical Education
Since 2018, Banning Lewis Ranch Academy has been selected by the Flippen Group as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School®.
Capturing Kids’ Hearts is an ongoing and immersive process to engage students academically and reduce behavioral distractions. The program is grounded in the belief that “if you have a child’s heart, you have their mind.” The program creates high-achieving centers of learning by strengthening students’ connectedness to others by establishing collaborative agreements of acceptable behavior. These “social contracts” are present in each Banning Lewis Ranch Academy classroom.
The 7 Steps to a Language-Rich Classroom are embedded into instruction which fosters a high level of student engagement in each classroom. We focus on reading, writing, and speaking throughout all content areas.
Our content-rich curriculum converges high tech with the humanities, combining the rigors of a classical education with the relevance required by contemporary culture. Our interdisciplinary program instills in students a captivating conceptual understanding and chronological picture of history, as well as an awareness of the interrelationships between different domains of knowledge.
Each classroom is equipped with Education Technology used to individualize and accelerate student learning.
Beginning in Kindergarten, students have access to computers and other devices and are taught to use technology purposefully to produce and create content to showcase their learning.
The barometers that gauge Banning Lewis Academy’s success include higher student standardized test scores, marked progress in the quality of performance-based assessments, improved student attendance, and retention as well as enhanced motivation, satisfaction, and morale on the part of students, teachers, and parents.
Banning Lewis Academy hires, trains, and is committed to retaining star teachers and talented leaders in educational management. All teachers are highly qualified, experienced individuals who have a strong sense of purpose, and a willingness to challenge themselves as lifelong learners, just as they would challenge their students. They compel all students to excel by concentrating on engagement and upholding high standards.
Because every child needs stability, continuity and a champion who believes in their potential, Banning Lewis Academy works to foster a close connection between home and school and partner together to enhance each student’s education.
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The ACCEL Schools DifferenceWe are a proud member of ACCEL Schools—a public charter school network serving thousands of PK-12 students throughout the United States. ACCEL was founded in 2012 by the early pioneers of online learning. Our leadership believes that all children, regardless of location or socio-economic background, deserve a quality education that…
Banning Lewis Academy partners with District 49 special education services under an insured model. We serve over 70 students on our k-12 campus with Individual Education Plans. We are proud to partner with families to meet the needs of diverse learners though individualized instruction and itinerant services.