In most multi-grade
classrooms, the teacher has fewer students and therefore can give each child
more individual attention. The lower pupil-teacher ratio allows for more
careful assessment of the needs and strengths of each student. The multi-grade
environment also helps students take more responsibility for their own
behaviors and learning.
Psychologists and educators
have come to understand that children do not develop according to a rigid
timetable. Parents with multiple children have known this for a long time. No
two siblings walk at the same time, talk at the same time or even cut teeth at
the same exact time.
In a multi-grade classroom,
the teacher can easily gear the student's work to individual needs. An added
advantage is that most multi-grade teachers have their students for more than
one year and work on the continuous progress of each student rather than the
repetition of classwork assigned to each grade. Thus multi-grade educators can
more easily provide developmentally appropriate activities for their students.
Multi-grade classrooms are
grounded in active learning and exploration. Each child has the opportunity for
success through many types of instruction, including whole group, small group,
A classroom having children
of several ages enables students to gain perspective on what is happening in
the lives and education of children both younger and older. It helps them gain
a more accurate sense of the past and future in terms of experiences and
interests and stimulates the entire learning environment. Multi-grade education
is designed to encourage collaborative learning and de-emphasizes age barriers
encompass the philosophy of "Success teaches Success." Students are given a chance to learn from
each other through modeling. Not only is this of benefit to the younger or
challenged child, substantial research reveals that the older students learn
more than those they tutor and they develop excellent leadership skills, as
Small school environments
provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social,
emotional and cognitive development of children. Multi-grade classrooms enable
children to seek their own levels for learning and social interaction, as well
as, fostering positive peer relationships. Friendly interaction based on
understanding and respect is embedded in the curriculum of multi- grade
More than a decade of
research reveals positive findings about multi-grade classrooms. Research shows
that students in these classrooms perform equally or better academically than
their peers in traditional grade level classes and they shine when it comes to
developing social competency and acquiring positive attitudes toward school.
Combined classrooms also offer ample opportunities for students to become
resourceful and independent learners.
The small student-to-teacher
ratio gives excellent opportunities for the teacher to share Christ with the
students on a more personal basis. With a home school like environment,
students generally feel safe and nurtured, which in turn makes them more open
to spiritual guidance and growth. From these experiences and the advantage of
flexible scheduling, the teacher can more easily lead the students into
community service and witnessing activities.
Where you find us...
The school is located in the Cook/Iverson Activities Center, behind the church, 401 Avenue K, SE. There is still room for a few new students for the 2007-2008 school year. It is not too late to register for second semester. See the School Calendar for Registration dates and times as well as other important events.