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 facilitate students’ education who in turn activily direct their learning.
In all coursework, students are guided and encouraged in developing the higher order thinking skills as described in Bloom’s Taxonomy: knowledge, memory, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. We utilize differentiated instruction to challenge each student at their own pace.
The importance of the social graces are emphasazed in communication skills and regard for others that prepares a person for success in life. Students accomplish this through their collaboration and the service learning activities.
Our balanced approach to homework utilizes homework as a movitivation for learning. A well rested child is a more focused student in class, hence increased 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 preparatory level. Edutopia, a project based resource site, summarizes the research on homework at this link: Edutopia- Homework Data