All children can learn and succeed if they are given the opportunity to grow at their own pace in an environment of educational expertise and knowledgeable support. The formula for success is to build a child’s confidence and self-esteem through the implementation of the latest educational practices and strategies.
We respect the fact that children reach their goals through circuitous routes and that they achieve their successes in their own time. Each child will make more successful progress if he or she has been given the time to process the information they have received. We view children as curious and active learners. Whether gifted, exhibiting attention deficits, or possessing unique learning styles each child will receive the individual attention necessary for success.
Meeting the needs of our students impels us to address a variety of learning styles and individual differences. We accomplish this objective by carefully analyzing the academic, social, and artistic potentialities of each student through interviews, initial testing, and continuous observation and evaluation after enrollment. The comprehensive growth of every child demands enriching experiences in every area of development – intellectual, personal, emotional, cognitive and physical. We balance their successes in the classroom with different types of experiences in art, music, drama and physical education, areas that open up a wide array of further knowledge and growth. Seeing the world through the eyes of a musician, artist or athlete often has the effect of creating a new vision for the child.
Teaching in a Different Way
In addition to our strong emphasis upon individualization, our non-traditional approach in the lower grades maximizes the individual child’s experience by having the children change classes at the end of each instructional period. Through flexible scheduling the child is afforded an extremely low student/teacher ratio in areas of greatest need, and experiences larger classes in areas where group work is important. This allows for exposure to a variety of teaching styles, different educational settings and a variety of techniques that build confidence for the ultimate return to the regular classroom. Each class represents a new and different opportunity to experience success throughout the day. This policy is maintained uniformly from the lower elementary grades through the high school years.
Mastery learning, employed in all grades, requires the setting of appropriate and realistic individual goals for each learning unit. We then encourage students to master skills and content while learning at their own pace, frequently assess student progress, working directly with students to analyze results, and insure that the final objectives of the learning program are achieved. We do not expect students to learn at a uniform rate; rather, we carefully monitor student growth and work with individuals so that they learn each skill as it is presented.
Our belief in the necessity of social and emotional growth inspires our character-building program. Integrity, honesty, friendship, loyalty and caring for others are among the many life skills that are constantly being reinforced. Children want and seek praise, but past experiences often have been just the opposite. The program emphasizes those positive attributes that bring children personal satisfaction. Knowing that life is truly the end result of the many choices we make, we help children use critical thinking to make sound choices and give them the tools with which to solve their problems.