Welcome to the Den! Twin Lakes Academy Middle School (TLAM) is home to approximately 1300 students in grades 6-8 from Beach Boulevard to Bartram Springs. The school is centrally located on the southside of Jacksonville. Its location on Baymeadows Road along Interstate 295N makes it accessible regardless of place of residence. We offer comprehensive and challenging curricula from our most challenging gifted courses to our more supportive intensive courses in reading and math. Students who meet our prerequisite classes have the opportunity to take up to five high school classes (Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, Digital Information Technology and Spanish I) during their time at TLAM. We also have a state-of-the-art STEM lab, 2D and 3D visual arts rooms, a comprehensive band and choral suite and two computer labs. Each academic classroom is equipped with a laptop cart and a large screen digital display screen with a student response system. In addition, we have a full range of opportunities available in athletics, the arts, and a variety of clubs and activities.
Per San Marcos Unified School District Board Policy 6154, homework should be clear and purposeful, focused on quality rather than quantity, and consist of learning activities related to school goals and instructional objectives. The Homework Schedules in the Board Policy are as follows:
Grades 1-3: 10-20 minutes/ 3-4 days a week
Grades 4-5: 30-45 minutes/ 4 days a week
Discovery Elementary School adopted a Revised Homework Policy that was implemented in the 2016-2017 school year. For more information reagrding this policy review the letters below.
At Discovery Elementary, the only daily, on-going responsibility given to the students outside school hours is to read. We expect students to read daily, either independently or with a family member. Daily reading will improve students overall academics as reading is an integral part of all subject areas.
In addition to the nightly reading requirement, students may be asked to complete grade-level sight words, writing journals, math facts, typing skills, or classroom projects. Students receiving additional instructional support (i.e. Reading Intervention, Math Intervention, etc.) may receive individualized learning activities for home. In addition, 5th grade students will transition from this policy mid-year to prepare them for the expectations of middle school.
Review our Revised Homework Policy letter for more information.
2016/2017 Discovery Revised Homework Letter
2017/2018 Discovery Revised Homework Letter