“Tell Me and I Forget. Teach Me and I Remember. Involve me and I Learn”
An Inspiring and Innovative Educational Program
At Schoolhouse Academy, your child will learn the necessary skills, knowledge, and real-world experiences required to gain entry to the Best High Schools in Connecticut.
Our inspiring and innovative educational program is based on the Tenets of Highly Effective Schools, which include : 1) Strong Leadership; 2) Rigorous Academics; 3) Research-Based Curriculum; 4) Highly Effective Instruction; and, 5) Positive & Supportive School Culture of Achievement.
At Schoolhouse Academy, your child is taught how to learn and critically think by doing. Your child’s learning will accelerate to new heights through: Project Based & Hands-on Learning; a STEM & Art focused curriculum; Strategic Small Group Tutoring; Mastery-Based Education; Subject Expert Teachers; and Advanced 3D & Interactive Technology.
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Project Based Learning
Our educational program emphasizes project-based and hands-on learning. Project-Based learning allows students to construct knowledge and understand concepts across multiple curriculum and connect to the real world. Research has shown "Learning by Doing" leads to higher student achievement. This pedagogical approach fosters a greater depth of understanding of concepts and skills acquisition, such as, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, interpersonal skills, communication, creativity and presentation skills.
STEM & Art Focused Curriculum
("STEAM": Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, & Mathematics)
We offer an fully integrated curriculum rooted in literacy and numeracy acquisition appropriately leveled for each grade with a specialized focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and the Arts (STEAM). The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving skills, collaborative learning, and scientific method. It challenges students to consider real world problems in different ways, to detect mistakes, gather relevant data, understand how different parts of a system work, apply inter-disciplinary knowledge, and develop effective solutions. We partner and collaboratively engage organizations in the STEAM fields to provide structured learning experiences for our students.
Advanced Technology-Rich Environment
Our Advanced Technology is used as tool for accelerated learning and increasing student engagement. Our 3D, Augmented and Virtual Reality Computers, 3D-Printers, Interactive Teaching Walls are an integral part of instruction and learning for both teachers and students. Student learning using interactive three-dimensional imaging software technology creates transformational learning experiences; inspires curiosity; and fosters a deeper understanding of the subject matter. This learning tool supports learning in multiple subject matters: literacy: mathematics; earth/space science; physical/life science; engineering design; social science; the arts; geography; and biomedical; to name a few.
Small Group Strategic Tutoring
We are committed to the success of every student who attends our school. To achieve this, we provide heavy doses of small group tutoring. Researchers have continually found the positive and sustained effects of strategic small group tutoring. Tutoring supplements and supports classroom teaching and is carefully coordinated and tailored to student's academic needs. Tutoring includes targeted assistance with specific subjects, and general assistance as needed.
Our Educational Program ensures every student masters key foundational knowledge and skills before moving on to the next topic. Students will demonstrate mastery in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Classical Literature, Science, History, Geography, Civics, the Arts (visual/performing); Music; and Foreign Language. We utilize a variety of instructional methods to ensure mastery including: direct instruction; hands-on learning; Blended Instruction; and Self-Paced Learning.
Personalized Student Learning Plans
To ensure all children meet and/or exceed our academic standards, every child has a personalized learning plan to identify and support their individual needs. These Personalized Learning Plans ("Student Succes Plans") are a key resource for our teachers and advisors in supporting students academically. These plans are a web-based central depository of real time information of student needs and a roadmap to success. It includes academic goals, assessment data and analysis., Parents will also have real-time access to stay informed on their child's progress.
Mind & Body Connection
We implement an integrated, evidence-based approach to Health, Nutrition, Fitness and Mental Health. We believe providing healthy, fresh, and whole foods is a key component for learning-ready students. We have created a high quality physical fitness program focused on daily vigorous to moderate movement for all students. Our goal is to provide students with the appropriate knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence to be physically active for life. Our program combines aerobics, cardiovascular, and large motor development activities. This includes fitness and circuit training, low impact aerobics dance and games, yoga, and martial arts. A growing body of evidence has shown that physical activity is associated with academic benefits such as improved concentration, memory, and classroom behavior. These benefits are the foundation for learning-ready students.
We believe a strong leader is a critical component in creating successful, sustainable schools. An effective school leader is responsible for creating a school culture of achievement, and a safe, nurturing, and positive learning environment conducive to high quality teaching and learning.
A Focus on Highly Effective Teachers
Recruiting the Best and the Brightest
Great classroom teachers are one of the most important factors in attaining high levels of student achievement. We expend significant resources on recruiting the best and the brightest teachers both locally and across the country. We employ a number of recruitment strategies from collaborating with professional teaching organizations, national job fairs, prestigious colleges and alumni associations, Teacher Colleges, and Higher Ed Institutions focusing particularly on STEM trained teachers.
Content and Industry Expert Teachers
Our STEAM focused curriculum requires teachers with expertise in their subject matter, and industry experience in a STEAM related field. A content and industry expert teacher ensures students will gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter, develop skills at a higher level, and inspires students to learn.
We believe and value parent involvement as a critical and integral component of creating a highly successful school. We believe our duty and responsibility of teaching and guiding your child to achieve their greatest potential is the driving force which motivates us to create a great school for your children. Our promise is we will always be transparent and open to what your children are being taught and value your input along the way.