Almondale Academy is committed to nurturing the whole student: the intellectual, social, moral and physical aspects that help to ensure a child’s full development with our experiential, expeditionary, and project-based academics that meet or exceed CA academic standards.
Taking inspiration from the famous Reggio Emilia Philosophy our teachers guide students through the curriculum of California Standards but it is our students who are comfortable with speaking their interests and choices in each subject. Using a teacher guided but student-centered and constructivist self-guided curriculum that uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments is what makes Almondale such a successful educational environment.
In all coursework, students are guided and encouraged in developing the higher order thinking skills as described in Bloom’s Taxonomy: knowledge and memory, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. We utilize differentiated instruction to challenge the excelled students and support the struggling students.
While also teaching the importance of the social graces: the communication skills and regard for others that will prepare them for success in a world that is increasingly more integrated and fast-paced. This is done through our Service Learning Model.
Our educational philosophy, including homework is analogous to the Finland model of education, which has the highest test scores in the world. A well rested child is a more focused student in class, hence increasing learning. A reasonable degree of homework also allows for more family interaction, a highly needed aspect in today’s accelerated pace. Therefore, homework is kept at a prudent, age appropriate level, increasing in the middle school, with the high school at a college prepatory level. Edutopia, a project based resource site, summarizes the research on homework at this link: Edutopia- Homework Data