Explore. Invent. Build. Discover.
We believe that an effective educational experience is one in which each student is given varied opportunities and the support he needs to learn. The school’s curriculum reflects a clear commitment to the essential learning in language, mathematics, science, social studies, religion, and the arts. From junior kindergarten through eighth grade, we introduce students to literature that is significant and richly textured. We give special emphasis to developing writing skills in all areas of the curriculum. We provide a capstone project during every grade to celebrate a child’s developmental and intellectual journey. Teachers provide students with meaningful tasks, work in small flexible groups, and create authentic learning environments. Ongoing assessment tools guide teachers to meet the intellectual, spiritual, and social-emotional needs of the whole child.
Social and emotional support through class meetings, counseling, mentoring, school liturgies and assemblies, and classroom work creates a safe and happy environment for the students - safe in the sense that a student feels supported by teachers and peers to take risks, to be willing to try and try again, and to stretch and set reasonable challenges for himself. When students are able to feel free to explore, invent, build, and discover, they are happy and take ownership of the school environment they help to create for one another. We offer a mentoring project where younger students are paired with older students to instill a genuine understanding and experience of community building. All learning -intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual- is grounded in Respect
for the Academy's five core values: Integirty, Independence, Responsibility, Positive Self-Esteem, and Building Community.