How we see Revel Academy
Revel Academy offers a progressive, student-paced curriculum where kids have a lot of flexibility in and take responsibility for their learning. Students thrive in this small and inclusive school community, feeling a sense of belonging that fosters both personal and academic growth. Revel Academy consists of three “studios”—Spark for ages 4 to 6, Discovery for ages 6 to 11, and Exploration for ages 11 to 14—where kids work at their own pace using adaptive technology, hands-on challenges, and real-world apprenticeships. Extracurriculars include plenty of STEM, art, cooking, and entrepreneurship. Revel makes social, physical, and emotional development major areas of focus. For instance, it uses daily mindfulness practice in class and offers plenty of explorative playtime and activities.
How Revel Academy sees itself
"A member of the Acton Academy network, Revel Academy believes that each person has an opportunity to change the world in a profound way. Our learner-driven community puts children at the centre of their learning journey, empowering them to create and maintain personal goals, relational covenants, and take part in real-world meaningful work. Learners work at their own pace while strengthening their character and leadership skills through Socratic discussions, adaptive technology, hands-on challenges, and apprenticeships."
"Accredited by the International Association of Learner Driven Schools, Revel puts our students in control. In each mixed-age studio, learners create their accountability systems, develop personalized SMART goals, and work together to create a culture of warm-hearted and tough-minded leaders. Our learners, known as Rebels, are encouraged to question and think critically rather than blindly follow. As a skills-based program, we value creativity and curiosity over memorization of content."
"As a self-paced and mastery-based school, learners who have been frustrated with the traditional age based approach, finally find a school where they can thrive. We believe that providing a flexible learning environment where kids can work comfortably, take body breaks, and make decisions about which goal they'd like to tackle next greatly improves executive functioning skills and confidence."
"Before joining Revel, some families are hesitant regarding the amount of choice, and freedom learners are provided. However, after only a short time, parents realize that the structure of our program sets students up for success while developing time-management, self-advocacy, and perseverance."
"Our six-week-long project-based challenges, called Quests, combine the arts, maths, sciences, and social sciences, creating real-world learning opportunities. Learners not only see themselves represented in the curriculum but are encouraged to use their strengths to tackle problems they care about solving. Starting in middle school our learners are also required to seek apprenticeships in fields of interest, developing how to pitch oneself, communicate professionally, and discover new passions."
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How people from the school’s community see Revel Academy
If you’re considering a small school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Since smaller schools have smaller and less diverse student populations than big schools, it can sometimes be more challenging for your child to find a like-minded group of friends—friends with similar interests, values, etc.
“It’s important to look at the social makeup of the school,” says Ruth Rumack of Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. "Is there enough variety that your child will have a group that they feel connected with? Because you want to have friends that are like-minded and you want to be in a social situation where you feel honoured and respected. Variety can also be found in extracurriculars, leadership programs, and sports activities, which tend to have kids with a wide range of personalities.”
Also, make sure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your social child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff, Toronto-based education consultants at Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s personality.”
Smaller schools often have small classrooms and tight-knit communities, which can make it easier for your introverted child to come out of their shell, make friends, and feel like they belong. Since they’re less socially overwhelming, your child should find it easier to navigate their social environment. And since they’re conducive to group work, small classes often have plenty of interaction, which can help your child develop critical interpersonal skills.
Of course, small schools normally have a less diverse student population than big schools, which can sometimes make it more challenging to find a group of like-minded peers—peers with similar personalities, interests, values, etc. This makes it especially important to ask a school about its extracurricular programs, which can help your introverted child establish an intimate social circle.
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