Children will be immersed in units of study that require applying knowledge in many disciplines simultaneously (Social Studies and Language Arts, for example). The use of authentic tasks like experiments, field trips, real life projects, and book clubs make learning a more natural, fun and meaningful experience. Students enjoy an increasing level of choice and decision making in their learning, which increases motivation and engagement and teaches independent thinking and responsibility.
Our approach includes time for collaboration and group work as well as individualized and small group instruction.
This framework requires highly trained professionals who use informal and formal assessments to tailor their teaching to each student’s needs.*
Our student expectations are high, but the level of support and encouragement we offer is even higher. We expect our students to be successful in every aspect of life, which requires that “education” include not only academics, but attention to emotional well being, physical wellness and good citizenship skills.
Our curriculum excited and engages students in their learning. Check out the video below for an example of a student reading his published story.
*The Hess Academy curriculum conforms to the standards outlined in the Common Core Curriculum adopted by the Georgia Department of Education.