The Academy Way is a unique child-centered approach to educating children with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, severe reading deficiencies, and those who struggle in traditional school environments.
It is our belief that every child has a GREATNESS to be discovered and cultivated. We focus on helping children understand that they each have a unique life path that leads them to their individual GREATNESS. As educators, we want to learn who each of our children are and what they can become.
Our highest academic priority is getting our students to become amazing readers. To accomplish this, we utilize a Structured Literacy approach for all of our students and in all of our schools. In addition to Structured Literacy, we incorporate a well-rounded, foundational curriculum aimed at developing literacy, math and critical thinking skills.
More specifically, The Academy Way involves these additional academic areas:
- 1. Writing (Institute for Excellence in Writing)
- 2. Phonemic Awareness (Heggerty)
- 3. ELA (Reading Comprehension, Current Events)
- 4. Real-Life Math and Science
Additionally, each day our students are involved in the following non-academic areas:
Academy students practice these 10 goals (and 1 belief) everyday. This is the Academy Way:
- 1. I believe I have a GREATNESS!
- 2. I will be on time.
- 3. I will be honest with myself and others.
- 4. I will ask for help and offer help to others.
- 5. I will dream BIG!
- 6. I will make mistakes and try to learn from them.
- 7. I will fail and accept that my failures will help me succeed.
- 8. I will surround myself with people who make me feel better about myself and lift me up.
- 9. I will be respectful, kind, generous and thoughtful to others.
- 10. I will READ like a champion!
We believe . . .
- 1. A child’s ability to read well is our top priority.
- 2. Structured Literacy helps children become amazing readers.
- 3. In going deep, not wide.
- 4. Movement, the Sun and unstructured outside time are keys to a child’s happiness.
- 5. Every child has a unique life path to be identified and cultivated.
- 6. School should be awesome, fun, and awesomely fun!
- 7. In teaching children to understand and respect others, not necessarily agree.
- 8. In building and cultivating relationships with each other.
- 9. Students should be comfortable while they learn.
- 10. Entrepreneurial skills are invaluable life-skills.
- 11. Progress is more important than perfection.
- 12. In low student:teacher ratios in all of our academic learning environments.
- 13. A student’s time after school should be spent with friends and family having fun.
- 14. The social, emotional and physical health and safety of our students is never compromised.
- 15. Everything a child learns in our school should have real-life application.