My son came to March Academy somewhat behind in his curriculum. The first piece necessary for a successful learning path for him was to gain back his confidence and his love for learning. This was done by meeting him where he was at with his learning. Once he had some success at his level, he was encouraged to help teach a peer who may be struggling with the same lesson. The simple task of helping a peer with a task, demonstrated to him that he has something to offer to someone else and that others, at times, need additional help. He has slowly progressed and gained confidence to bring him back up to par. He may not be excelling academically, but this is not the reason we placed him at March Academy. We needed him to obtain some learning skills and tools to set him back on his learning path to set the stage for future learning success.
I absolutely believe March Academy is preparing my child for life's next steps. I am so grateful. The academic program is right on point with the priorities, being reading and math. They also keep the kids well-rounded by providing choir, yoga, a focus on the natural world, and Tae Kwon Do. The culture has fostered a passion for learning and especially reading in my son! He is only 9 and reading full-on novels. The culture is one of inclusiveness--everyone has different strengths and abilities and we need to work on improving ourselves and not worry about what others are doing, or not doing, around us. The only weakness is that the school only goes up to Grade 6. I honestly believe that when my son leaves March he is going to be academically stronger than any of his other peers in future grades.
Reading is a very important part of March Academy's program. Kids do DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) every day and we have noticed that this nurtures the love for reading in kids. Both of my kids enjoy reading at home and they voluntarily pick up books at the public library every weekend to read at home. Teacher know different methods to teach math to kids, both our kids had difficulties with math and now they've learned so many tricks to solve math problems that they find math to be fun. Every Wednesday, kids have a nature journal where they learned about nature and science. March Academy offers a multi-grade approach which creates an environment where everyone works together and respects one another. Teachers clearly care for the students and will go out of their way to help each child reach their full potential.
The academics at March Academy is dedicated to teaching and learning by the child’s individual abilities. Our son has excelled even with his diagnosis, further than I would have expected. The children are encouraged to learn, and when in a group of avid learners, there is success in the end. Our son is reading and writing at a much higher level than when he was in the system. Our son is prompt in getting his homework finished. There is not a lot of homework, however when it is assigned, there is an expectation that it will be done. Reading is a high priority at March Academy. It teaches the children that quiet reading time is important. The school also has guest speakers to discuss subjects relating to each month's different topic.
March is known for preparing students to be effective independent learners who can go on to succeed in the public school system after grade 6, regardless of the challenges they face in their learning. We believe that our son will leave March Academy with the confidence and tools for lifelong learning. The homework is not excessive and is designed to ensure that we know what our son is learning and share in his progress. The positive, integrated social structure of the school also builds social skills and confidence. The students are challenged and stimulated at a level that meets their individual learning capacity and ensures that they take responsibility for their learning. We believe that March will prepare our son academically and socially for the more challenging atmosphere when he attends grade 7 in a public school.