I am one of the directors at the Mastery School of Independent Learning. I want to share our story: A fellow teacher and I taught at Sts. Peter and Paul school which closed in 2013. When this school closed we decided to open the Mastery School of Independent Learning. We started with 11 students and in our 6th year have a student body of 62 students. We service students from early years (pre-k) through grade 8 from Fall River and several other local towns including some from Rhode Island. We are teaching from 7:30am until 5:00pm with the core of our day from 8:10am until 3:10pm. We offer a homework time and itinerants classes like cooking skills, art, and music. The core of our day is used for learning time in social studies/history, science, math, language arts, poetry, writing skills, social skills, and team building. Students work through modules with facilitator support and are graded on project based assessments. Students must pass with an 85% or better in order to move onto the next module. If they don't pass with 85% or better they are given correctives in order to be successful. Students are kept at a challenge level with this format always striving for their personal best. Our motto is "If students can't learn the way we teach them, we must teach them they way they learn."