At The Academy of the Arts & Sciences, we think learning is a passionate experience.  We stress the importance of the process of learning and children come to the realization that often knowing how to find the answer or ask the question is more useful than the answer itself.  We encourage children to try things for themselves, to explore and draw conclusions without fear of failure.  We provide opportunities though which children come to value themselves, other people, ideas, skills, responsibilities, and hard work.

We see children both as individuals and as members of a group.  We encourage them to develop in their own ways.  We want children to know the

satisfaction and excitement of their own creativity and expertise and to know the shared joy and inspiration of the Group.  We expect children to appreciate the unique qualities and contributions of themselves and others.

In our 1st-3rd Grade classroom, children are placed in multiage groups.  Multiage classrooms benefit students as they first learn from peers, and then have the opportunity to lead in academic and social areas.  Our curriculum builds on the strengths, development, and learning style of each student.

Each day, students work one-on-one with their teacher and in small family groups on language arts, reading, writing, math, and science.  The benefits of a multiage classroom are multi-faceted. The younger children are surrounded by thinkers who are more accomplished in the subject at hand.  The older students benefit as well, since acting as a guide and explaining how to do something requires an in-depth understanding of one’s subject.

We view the environment as the “third” teacher.  The classroom is a resource to be used by the children; a safe, well-planned setting in which constructive work and creative dramatic play can take place.  Our teachers carefully choose meaningful materials for developing responsibility and age-appropriate work standards in our classrooms as well as in the outdoor area and Art Studio. 

The Academy of the Arts & Sciences is a place where:

  • Children are respected;
  • Children are active participants in their learning;
  • Children develop the skills necessary to pursue their love of learning;
  • Children are expected to become responsible members of their Group and the School community;
  • Children learn to recognize and accept strengths and weaknesses in themselves and others;
  • Children become lifelong learners.