Derek B. MacDonald, Principal
King's View Academy is a school that has been designed to eliminate those things that take away from your ability to be academically successful, in your terms. We do not have periods or bells or cinder brick walls. We do not have rows of desks facing teachers. We do not have scheduled start and end dates for academic units. We have shed many typical components of an educational system so that you can focus on what is really important: learning. Uncomplicated learning.
Instead, we have resources that you can use to better understand what it is you should be learning, including textbooks, handouts, library books, and content experts (normally called "teachers") to answer all of your questions and help you understand expectations, set goals, and become better learners.
We believe that learning is an individual activity that is best done by the learner, in a way that works best for that learner. We support this approach to learning and believe that it will help you develop into a skilled learner who can take a list of expectations and a calendar and create an effective plan to reach academic success.
We also believe that skilled learners can learn anything. At King's View Academy we help you become a better learner.
Thank you for considering King's View Academy as an option for your learner's academic needs. First and foremost, our approach to learning and schooling is different than many. It also requires your son/daughter to develop as a self-directed learner with the following abilities:
1. the ability to assess what is expected, and what is necessary to reach a goal
2. the ability to set goals, long- and short-term, and plans to reach these goals, and ultimately success
3. the ability to follow the plan to reach those goals
4. the ability to ask questions when anything seems to be hindering one's progress, not limited to understanding expectations, revisiting and revising goals, finding and using resources, and accepting feedback on progress.
5. the ability to become an effective and skilled learner, and the ability to separate the learning of academic content from the assessment of that content (assessment itself should not be the purpose of learning)
Each of these abilities is well-supported by all of our staff, and help is always available. We only ask that when students need help that they do not hesitate to ask, and that they are honest to themselves and our staff about their needs.
If you feel that these qualities are consistent with what you value in an educational system for your daughter/son, perhaps King's View Academy is a viable option. If so, I am happy to continue this conversation to help you better understand what we can offer, and whether or not it might be a good fit.
My advice to all parents is to investigate all types of education available to you before you choose.
Principal, King's View Academy