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. Our experiential, expeditionary, andproject-based academics  meet or exceed CA academic standards.   Almondale leaves the teaching of the CA social mandates to the guidance of the parents.

 

We draw direct inspiration from classical literature that is imbued with the virtues that promote altruism.  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.  

We also teach 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.

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