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LEAP – Learners Engaged Actively in Projects

img_2656-1Project-based, inquiry learning is the foundation for our LEAP program. This program challenges students to move from simpler, surface level questions (What is the weather like in Hawaii?) to deeper, more complex questions (How does the geography and climate of Hawaii impact its farming and crop production?) that will open the door to independent investigation. Learning is student driven, and engagement remains high as students delve into the topic of their choice, inspiring a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the material. The teacher takes on the role of facilitator, providing a framework in which the students can conduct their research and present their findings – whether it be through song, poster board, video, or diorama. In the end, one question is answered, but many more have arisen, and a spark has been ignited.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
~ Dr. SeussOh, The Places You’ll Go!

 

FLEX – Friendship and social skills, Learning skills, Executive Functioning

img_2643Our FLEX program combines explicit instruction and situational discovery to help students develop some of the most important skills needed in our rapidly changing 21st century.  FLEX utilizes the Tribes Learning program (http://tribes.com/about/) to promote social and emotional growth, while incorporating the six key learning skills outlined by the Ontario Curriculum – Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative and Self-Regulation. Through discussion, role-play, team-building exercises, cooperative games, organizational tasks and many other varied activities, students learn how to be respectful of differences, flexible in unforeseen circumstances, and resilient in the face of adversity. The FLEX program at Junior Academy is reflective of our mission as an institution, where we strive to instill in students a growth mindset and a desire to become lifelong learners.

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.
~ Albert Einstein

Outdoor Education

img_2636Our Outdoor Education program is where the natural world becomes our classroom. This is a chance for students to get their hands dirty – literally. Students are afforded the opportunity to study firsthand how an ecosystem operates and interacts; to measure the Ph balance of soil and evaluate its conduciveness for growth; to build a shelter of sticks and mud and leaves; to see a snail slowly ascend on a stream of slime. While making meaningful cross-curricular connections, the goal of this program is to help students better understand, appreciate, and respect nature and our place in it.

We stand somewhere between the mountain and the ant.
~ Onondaga Proverb

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