Learning is a complicated process that relies heavily on positivity and a multifaceted experience with the concepts at hand. At SCA, we are constantly developing a unique learning environment for every student. Below are seven keys to our curricular and programmatic approach.
1. An Environment of Rigor and Excellence
The aim is for students to be able to meet and exceed expectations. They must be able to use all modalities (methods of learning) to obtain knowledge and communicate effectively.
2. An Atmosphere of Inquiry & Exploration
Students are encouraged to be inquisitive and ask and answer questions as they encounter new information and experiences.
3. Developing Problem Solvers
The school aims to develop dynamic problem solvers who utilize practical skills which they have been encouraged to develop from an early age.
4. Multiple Styles of Instruction
Each student learns differently. We vary presentation with auditory, visual, and other experiential learning methods. This enables students to learn in their own style while having a well-rounded learning experience and offers more ‘hooks’ for long-term memory.
5. A Safe Space to Explore and Take Risks
Our school encourages students to be courageous and willing to take risks. Risk-taking is honored, and milestones are celebrated as students develop their God-given talents in academics, sports, the arts, and leadership.
The process of thinking about one’s own thinking is called meta-cognition. Teachers help students understand their strengths and needs and learn how to communicate with their teachers. They are thus able to work through more complex problems. We teach them to slow down and gain awareness of how they learn best.
7. Working with Parents
When parents are involved, students thrive. The school’s grace-based approach to student discipline emphasizes loving accountability with the support of parents. Open, communicative relationships with our parents, enable us to support the academic and social-emotional needs of the students.