The Ben Franklin Academy

Mastery Learning

Mastery Learning Ben Franklin Academy

"BFA teachers start by finding out what a student knows"

At BFA, we make students the masters of their lives and of their learning.

We teach a “mastery” curriculum: students work on a subject until they demonstrate mastery of it, which to us means a grade of 90% or higher on each assignment and assessment. Our mastery standards are as high, if not higher, than the ones used at most traditional schools, and we think our mastery curriculum is a superior model for preparing students for the rigors of college work.

Although most BFA students complete their high school coursework at the same time, if not earlier, than their peers in more traditional schools, our mastery curriculum, in conjunction with our individualized instruction, allows us the flexibility to accommodate students who may need more time on a particular subject or who want to speed up their progress. An additional advantage of mastery learning is that it gives those who are ready for additional challenges in a subject the opportunity to do advanced work.

Here’s how it works: BFA teachers start by finding out what a student knows. Then, taking into account individual learning styles, needs, and special interests, we craft a personalized curriculum that will help a student down the path that will end in mastery of a subject.