First, you have to figure out the information you’ll need and where to find it. Then, you’ve got to turn your facts into something useful, without step-by-step guidance from a teacher.
This is the territory of project-based learning, and it’s one of the key ways that Independence students grow into independent learners.
A team of children may be asked to design an autonomous robot to complete a specified task. The insights they gain, however, go far beyond robotics. Students learn problem solving, teamwork and communication. They exercise ingenuity, resourcefulness and persistence — all key strengths for the years to come.
This means we focus on phonics, reading, grammar, writing and math fundamentals. It also means we take a thorough, intentional approach to teaching the skills of the successful student: how to organize your time and materials, how to plan and carry out long-term projects, and how to read, study and test effectively.
In our Learning Applications (LeApps™) class — a highlight — each student discovers the type of learner he or she is (visual, auditory, bodily/kinesthetic, etc.) and the best learning strategies to employ, plus much more.
Our investment in foundational skills pays returns for years. High school teachers can spot Independence graduates immediately, and our alumni now in college write back in thanks for the solid preparation they received.
“Our Learning Applications curriculum is phenomenally strong. Teachers in the high schools our graduates attend want to know our secret.”
Kerri Kacmarcik, Middle School Math Teacher
“Everything starts with a growth mindset. If you believe you can turn your weaknesses into strengths, it turns out that you can.”
Valerie Rodeheaver, World Languages Teacher