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Custom Learning Academy students perform above grade level, limited openings available

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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Custom Learning Academy (CLA), a private kindergarten through 12th-grade school in Truckee, takes a personalized approach to education by offering rigorous national standards-based curriculum tailored to the individual needs of students. CLA announces higher than grade-level national standardized test scores across elementary and secondary grades.

CLAand#8217;s learning environment focuses on individual academic success and self-esteem. Studentand#8217;s academic performance combined with extracurricular offerings and a nurturing learning and teaching environment have led to an increase in full and part-time enrollment.

and#8220;Weand#8217;ve created a place where learning happens. We teach students how to learn in a supportive environment that promotes academic performance and self-esteem and fuels success in college placement and beyond,and#8221; said Lisa Crosby, founder and director of CLA. and#8220;Custom Learning Academyand#8217;s Iowa scores have been stellar each year confirming our schooland#8217;s rigorous and engaging 21st century design is working. Keep in mind, we accept students of all academic levels, but we do filter for the ability to adhere to our strict behavior contract.and#8221;

A fourth year of outstanding Iowa test scores validates CLAand#8217;s approach. CLA measures success based on academic self-esteem and attitude as well as classroom performance and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), a standardized test used by private schools nationwide to measure achievement across academic disciplines. The Iowa composite score blends reading, writing, math, social studies and science scores to determine an overall skill level.

Every student at CLA is performing at or above grade level. Custom Learning Academyand#8217;s 2011-2012 Iowa composite scores show academic mastery exceeding grade level across all grades. CLA attributes itsand#8217; astoundingly high national standardized test scores to the schooland#8217;s attention to mastery of concepts, 10-to-1 (or less) student to teacher ratio, outstanding educators, and an involved executive director who collaborates with teachers and students on a weekly basis to guide success. Find test score data in the Press Room at http://www.customlearning.org.

Enrollment during the 2011-2012 school year grew throughout the winter and spring with the influx of families seeking a proven learning environment for their children and ski and snowboard student athletes seeking a flexible schedule without sacrificing academics. As of June 2011, CLA full-time enrollment was 68 students.

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Crosby said it is common for students to enter CLA and soar above grade level standards within one to two years, regardless of how past performance.

CLAand#8217;s enrollment includes elementary and secondary students of all aptitude levels. CLA accepts students who are above, below and at grade level. The main filter is whether a student can follow the schooland#8217;s strict behavior contract. In addition, CLA offers tutoring, courses for credit and individual assessments.

CLA is accepting new students, with limited openings. The 2012-2013 school year begins Sept. 4 (the Tuesday after Labor Day) and concludes June 14, 2013. Families are encouraged to begin the application process by meeting with Crosby to learn about student expectations and the teaching philosophy. Annual full-time tuition, including all books, school supplies, four core academics plus a foreign language, art, music and physical education, is $11,000 for elementary students and $14,500 for secondary students. Call 530-587-5470 or visit http://www.customlearning.org for more information.