Teachers strive to help our students set high expectations, work cooperatively with others, find their passions and develop the enduring self-confidence that comes from engaging with the world and communities around us. Our program encourages intellectual growth and social development in a safe and nurturing environment.
Many facets of our program are designed to provide a balance of opportunities and foster a joyful learning experience:
• AMSTI Math and Science Activities & Experiments; STEM Activities; ARI Strategies — Our elementary schools meet College and Career Readiness Standards by using Alabama Math Science Technology Initiative (AMSTI) and Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) activities, as well as Alabama Reading Initiative strategies.
• Advisory — Students belong to faculty-led advisory groups. The time spent together each week is dedicated to social and intellectual growth. Through discussing matters of character or playing a team bonding game, advisory groups become an important part of a student’s support system at school. Advisory time is allotted at every school where every student has at least one supportive adult assigned to them for two-way communication.
• Parent/Teacher Contact — Advisory teachers contact parents on student progress at least once a month (phone call, conference, e-mail, etc.). This contact is a two-way communication between family members and school staff, to the extent practicable, in a language that family members can understand.
• Parent/Family Activities—Our elementary schools offer a variety of Parent/Family activities during the school year. Examples include Math Night, Family Night, and Fall Festival.
• Activities/ Clubs — There are many activities and/or clubs at our schools to allow students to explore and flourish in a variety of areas. Some are just for fun, like the book club, others are competitive like the Math Team and Robotics. Several clubs offer service opportunities, including reading pals for younger students.