The start of each new school year brings with it a variety of emotions for parents and students alike. With excitement and anticipation often come questions and concerns. These guidelines should prove helpful to get both you and your children off to a great start this September.
There is no comparison. Our proven writing curriculum produces exceptional writers and effective communicators.
Our research-based CWIL™ supports the whole child and provides valuable resources for parents.
Faculty trained in engineering lead an authentic and engaging STEM curriculum.
Partnerships beyond our campus bring enriched opportunities for local and global learning experiences.
Faculty members trained in Project-Based Learning
Field trips per year schoolwide that connect curriculum to the world
Community service hours completed by grades 6-8 during the 2018-19 school year
FIRST LEGO League and LEGO League Jr. teams
Acres on our beautiful, expansive campus with fields, streams and woods
Middle school students in a performing music group or ensemble
Scholarship money awarded to Independence's Class of 2019
Chess tournament trophies during 2018-19 school year
Consecutive-match unbeaten streak for tennis, dating back to 2011
A 2009 survey by Booktrust revealed that 25% of parents had never sung a nursery rhyme to their child, 20% of young parents (under 24) believed that nursery rhymes were not educational, and 33% of young parents said they did not sing nursery rhymes because they were too old-fashioned.
All of us, including our kids, are surrounded by technology. Whether it’s a cell phone, tablet or computer, these devices have become a part of daily life. So much so that it’s hard to put them down - even at bedtime.
What happens to the infinite array of questions that preschoolers have? They can be endless, tiresome, even embarrassing when asked in public. Interestingly, such questions are a perfect vehicle for cognitive development, asked right at the time that information is needed by the child to resolve the uncertainty or disconnect with what is already understood.
While working with a group of fifth-grade students on creating study strategies for an upcoming test about Mexico, one student posed an excellent question that became a lesson for everyone in the room.
Engineers have long utilized a design process that involves a series of steps to come up with a solution to a problem. As in any field, the first try may not always be the best. In fact, their design process is iterative, meaning steps get repeated as many times as necessary to make improvements based on what was discovered through a failure. What a great analogy for learning - at any age, at any stage!