• Our teachers recognize and utilize the natural curiosity and desire of children to read, problem-solve, make sense of their world, and express themselves artistically.
• We provide hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities which support each child’s learning style and unique path toward increased fluency in all academic areas.
• Our comparatively small population allows for many activities and arrangements not afforded by larger class sizes.
• Theme-based learning emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving and allows students to make connections between disciplines.
Integrating the arts throughout the curriculum allows students to find their voice for individual expression and develops their appreciation for the world they inhabit.
The benefits to multi-age classrooms are vast.
• Younger students, inspired by their older peers, work harder and acquire skills faster, much the way a younger sibling observes and learns from an older sibling.
• When older students teach information and skills to their younger classmates, their academic performance improves significantly.
• Research has shown that students in multi-age classrooms perform equal to or better than their peers on measures of academic achievement.
• Students in a multi-age setting are more likely to have positive self-concepts, high self-esteem, and good attitudes toward school.
• Most importantly, a multi-age learning environment allows students to grow and progress at their own natural rate of development. Children are given the time to master core concepts and then are encouraged to work to their fullest potential. At our school learning is based on the individual strengths and needs of the child, no student is limited by age or grade level.
Alternative Forms of Assessment
At The Learning Center assessment is a collaborative process. We want our students to be aware of their strengths and areas where growth is needed. Parents, students, and teachers work together to create individualized learning goals.
We employ assessment strategies such as:
• Student portfolios
• Developmental checklists and observational notes
• Structured one-on-one interviews with students
The unique gifts and talents that each child brings to the classroom are the basis for documenting students’ growth and development. Combining various methods of assessment allows us to provide a more in-depth view of each child.