New Heights School is Now Open
New Heights School opened its doors to its first children in September, 2004.
The children are enthusiastic and happy
learners who are eager to come to school and participate in the learning
process. The total enrolment for the school will remain small with the number of
full-time students remaining low.
New Heights School is a small school whose focus is to provide an education that
meets the needs of the individual students enrolled. It is not a top-down model
of education where students are expected to follow strict teacher directed rules
and engage in a lot of paper-and-pencil work that may not produce enthusiastic
learners. The school is founded on the belief that children learn best when they
are provided with the opportunity to learn without coercion in a positive and
non-threatening environment. Children are provided with a balance of
teacher-directed instruction and guidance, as well self-directed learning
opportunities so that the students may select work that is personally meaningful
to their needs and likes. The environment allows for a lot of creative
spontaneity and is a happy, busy place to learn in. A large selection of
learning materials are available for the children and they are encouraged to
explore, manipulate and play, thereby expanding their learning and offering
creative learning opportunities in which to grow with.
Children are not placed in a grade based on age and are instead provided with
work that meets their needs. A child who is 7 may be working at a grade 2 level
in several academic areas, while concurrently working well above their grade
level in some areas and need remedial work in other subjects. Children of
different ages are working together, working as a community of learners, and
sharing their skills and interests. Children are encouraged to take risks with
their learning, something that comes naturally from feeling safe and secure in
their environment. The role of the teacher is not to control, but to be
supportive. There is an understanding that each child is a unique individual
with unique needs and experiences, and with varying levels of sensitivity. The
teacher keeps an open mind, and strives to help the students reach their
potential. When we better understand that the needs of a person could be very
different from our own needs we help to eliminate misunderstanding and
frustration, and truly allow individuals to be happy with who they are. With
this confidence we can ultimately nurture a positive self-concept and produce
happy learners who look forward to going to school in the morning.
If you are interested in finding out more about our school please call ahead
to make an appointment.
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