Academics

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Assets School specializes in serving children and young people from age 5 to 18 years of age whose capability is greater than their achievement. We serve a variety of learners and individualize the program to ensure that each student is challenged and supported to maximize their academic potential.

Our curriculum is unique in that it is first informed by 'who' we teach as opposed to a standards-based approach driven by traditional content objectives. Through strong teacher-student relationships, the teacher gains insights into the way each individual child learns and identifies tools and strategies to help maximize those strengths and remediate and/or compensate for the student's challenges. 

Our teachers use a wide variety of methodologies that are multimodal and multisensory. We promote student driven learning opportunities such as project and problem-based learning. Threaded through this approach to instruction is an emphasis on study skills development (learning how to learn) and the Schoolwide Learning Expectations in the high school (goals that target academic, personal, social, and civic growth). 

Personalized Learning

Content

Where content is concerned, we know that students come to class demonstrating content knowledge at different depths. Teachers adjust the curriculum to allow students to advance their learning from wherever their baseline may be.

Environment

In structuring the environment, teachers find that some students are better able to focus if allowed to move, so students sit on a wiggly stool or bounce their feet on bungee cords secured to desk legs to allow them to expend excess energy without distracting peers. 

Some students enjoy the social aspect of working in groups whereas introverts prefer to work alone.  For assignments requiring intense concentration, some plug into music, while others seek out quiet corners.

Our teachers are cognizant that students need to have calm brains in order to learn; counselors and quiet spaces are available to help support recalibration of equilibrium.

Process

How students learn best often comes down to preference.

Some love the printed word and either read silently or aloud; others enjoy getting their information through audiobooks or videos, multisensory learning such as experimentation, or via small group or individual instruction.

Technology is especially useful in allowing students to access content in a variety of ways.

Product

Teachers tap into strengths to leverage weaknesses.

For example, if a child is great at art, he or she might be given an option of creating a comic book, movie, photo slide show, diorama, or poster to explain a science concept.

In other words, teachers assess learning in ways that include, but also extend beyond, standard read-write-speak formats. By leveraging strengths, student buy-in increases as does the quality of the assignment.