Unique learners deserve unique teaching.
At PRA we base everything we do in the knowledge that all children are unique individuals. They all learn in different ways and have different abilities. But they’re the same in one important way – they all deserve an education that allows them to grow into their best possible selves.
It starts with getting to know every child in a real and meaningful way. We learn who they are as a person – their strengths, their fears, their hopes, and their areas for growth.
Our supportive team of teachers then work together in a collaborative manner to develop and deliver a program that meets the unique needs of our individual students. We provide them with a range of different learning activities and experiences that speak to different levels and different academic backgrounds.
Education isn’t one size fits all. We make sure each child gets the education they deserve.
Pretty River Academy offers STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math – education to meet the growing demand for higher level logic and reasoning skills that will be necessary for the future success of our students. Additionally, we work to develop student presentation, writing, organization, and time-management abilities from the earliest grades, so that our students are well-prepared for all their future endeavors.
Utilizing a STEAM curriculum platform to educate our students, we are incorporating Art to complement our STEM curriculum, in order to further advance creativity and critical thinking skills. Through the incorporation of artistic subjects and studies, students engage more fully in their academic environment and further develop personal interests, gain confidence in their abilities, refine communication skills, and find outlets to express themselves to develop a more fully accomplished individual.
Learning Strategies are key at PRA and are to support students and teachers in delivering an optimal program for students with exceptional needs.
We meet the needs of students who have learning profiles that require accommodations and/or modifications. These students may be gifted, have a learning disability, or they may have a need for additional support. In these cases, teachers create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) which outlines the learning goals and strategies that will be in place for that child.
An IEP is a working document that outlines the strengths, needs and plan for a student who has one or more exceptionalities. It is developed under school leadership and teachers who refers to relevant documentation (previous report cards, external assessments, anecdotal observations, and curriculum documents for example) and collects relevant insight from the student’s parents and teachers.
Accommodations are adjustments made to a student’s learning experience that help that child be as successful as possible. Preferential seating, extended time on tests and reduced number of questions are examples of accommodations. Students who only have accommodations work on the same grade-level curriculum as their classmates. Accommodations are determined based on the individual student’s needs.
Modifications are changes to the curricular program. A student with a modified program is working on different skills that may be from a higher or lower grade than their peers, depending on their exceptionality. For example, a student who is gifted in math may have a modified program where they work on math from higher grades.