Houghton Academy is a private, Christian day and boarding college prep school located on the beautiful rolling hills of Western New York. The Academy is a traditional boarding school where motivated and capable students come to prepare for college. The Academy has been blessed to serve students representing more than 60 countries providing our students with a unique opportunity to share and unite their cultures through communication in class time, after-school activities, and dorm life.
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Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.Primary Curriculum: Traditional
Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Uczniowie najpierw zdobywają wiedzę podstawową i teoretyczną, aby później stosować ją w praktyce. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.Secondary Curriculum: American Curriculum
|Flexible pacing style||offered|
|Multi-age classrooms as standard|
|Ability-grouping (in-class) as common|
|Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)|
|Regular guided independent study opportunities|
A school with a "supportive" academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, that the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a "rigorous" academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
|Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation|
|Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties|
Formal adjustments are made to the delivery of lessons to help mitigate the learning difficulty or exceptionality. The underlying content and expectations remain unchanged with accommodations, however. (Example: allowing a student to write tests in a quieter room).
The underlying content and expectations are modified and/or simplified for the sake of the student. (Examples: allowing student to use a calculator on a test when other students can’t; allowing students to bring word-banks or “cheat sheets” into certain tests, etc)
Research-based therapeutic measures that target and ameliorate the underlying weakness.
|ADHD (moderate to severe)|
|Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)|
|Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)|
|Language Processing Disorder|
|Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)|
|Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit|
|Behavioral and Emotional|
|Troubled behaviour / troubled teens|
|Drug and alcohol abuse|
|Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)|
|Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)|
|Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)|
|Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)|
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|Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)|
|Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)|
|Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)|
|Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)|
|Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)|
|Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)|
In grade Gr. 12, Houghton Academy students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.
|Houghton Academy||30 mins||30 mins||45 mins||45 mins||60 mins||60 mins||60 mins|
|Site Average||39 mins||51 mins||52 mins||72 mins||75 mins||104 mins||112 mins|
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|Gr. 6 to Gr. 12||Coed||Day School||75|
|Gr. 6 to Gr. 12||Coed||Boarding School||75|
|Gr. 6 to Gr. 12||Coed||Homestay||50|
|Average enrollment per grade||29|
|Average class size||Varies|
|Grades||Gr. 6 to Gr. 12|
|Boarding offered||Gr. 6 to Gr. 12|
|% in boarding (total enrollment)||38%|
|% of foreign students||45%|
|# of nationalities attending school||16|
|Average graduating class size||20|