Focus on Academy of Excellence

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way that they learn?

 

For the past 40 years, Academy of Excellence (AoE) has provided an exceptional education and a lifelong love of learning to the young minds of the community.

 

The general fundamentals to providing quality care to children are to create a safe, healthy, and loving learning environment. Although these are integral attributes, what about a child’s social, emotional, and academic education? While AoE goes above and beyond in providing a nurturing, healthy, and safe place to learn, what is most unique is the school’s commitment to activating each child’s natural desire to learn.

 

AoE’s teachers have made academics their life’s passion and exemplify the legacy of AoE by their devotion to the success of each child. The school’s small class sizes of only eight students allow teachers the opportunity to establish an individualized learning experience. The end goal in the daily lessons is the same for each student. However, how that goal was attained doesn’t matter or how long it took to get there. What matters is that the goal was conquered and that they accomplished it on their own. The teacher makes it a priority to show every child that they are not just capable of learning, but trained and bound to succeed.

 

AoE students learn life skills by practicing self-regulation; to self-adjust their emotions and be aware of their impulses. They learn to solve their own problems and to get along with others, and to practice the values of their culture. They ultimately learn to take control of their own lives as they grow and develop into an interdependent and productive member of society. As the saying goes, “Our children are the future.”

 

Although academics are essential, positive social emotional growth is vital. AoE teachers strive to build self-confidence in the classroom by incorporating daily affirmations. Children are encouraged and supported so that it’s not just their teachers and parents who believe students can, but that THEY themselves believe they can! It’s not a race to see how quickly a child can read, count, or write. It is simply a small window of time to educate and develop at a pace which is right for each child, to engage and enrich every learning experience, and to provide each child with a fair opportunity to excel.

“The more you learn, the better feeling you have about yourself and the world we live in.” — Mr. Rogers