Academic Middle - High School Class
The Learn with the Best Academy Middle - High School, taught by Nathanial, offers a completely immersive curriculum program tailored to meet an individual student’s needs and exceed state standards.
Our Academy private school program caters to the needs of typical learners who may suffer from social anxiety in the large school setting as well as students who struggle with mild learning disabilities, autism, general anxiety, ADD and/or ADHD. Our small class size, small group and one-on-one instruction gives students the benefits of an academically rigorous education in a less stressful more interactive environment.Request a Tour | Check Availability | More Info.
Preparatory Academy Academics
Harness the Child’s Natural Wonder
As parents and educators, we are constantly met by a single word: ‘why’. During primary school, ‘why’ is generally an indication of natural interest, an inquisitive child demanding to know more about the world around them. In upper schools, however, that ‘why’ has soured and more often alludes to a child’s disbelief in the relevancy of their course of study. The ‘why’ that was full of promise and possibilities is a source of resistance as a student approaches the end of their secondary school career. The Learn with the Best Preparatory Academic works to harness a child’s natural, instinctual wonder and allows them to fully explore the world around them by encouraging them to stretch themselves and demand to know ‘why’.
Meeting the Needs and Exceeding State Standards
The Learn with the Best Academy Middle - High School offers a completely immersive curriculum program tailored meet an individual student’s needs and exceed state standards. Our academy encourages exploration and critical thinking by carefully explaining concepts through analogies and real-world application rather than relying strictly on rote memorization. By incorporating mathematic reasoning into science and placing literature within the context of history, our curriculum provides students with an opportunity to integrate and synthesize their learning in a way that makes it more relevant and long lasting.
From Introduction to Mastery
Our approach involves a two tiered process that simultaneously introduces concepts for some and promotes mastery for others. Each three year rotation (with an optional fourth year for high school students) comprises a middle school or high school curriculum program as depicted in the following tables.
Each curriculum is used as a guide to design and develop a curriculum plan which meets each individual student’s needs at Learn with the Best School.
Progress is measured through teacher data, quizzes and tests.
- Progress reports are sent home twice yearly.
- in the winter and in the spring
- Parent conferences are also held in the winter and spring to review progress reports in more detail and are also available as needed by parent or teacher request.
LwtB Preparatory Academy Rotation Explanation
There are two rotations: Middle School and High School. Each rotation runs parallel with the other and offers three independent course sequences which can be completed in any order.
The 2014-2015 academic year is a “blue” year. During this year the Middle School rotation will offer Life Science, American Literature, and U.S. History. The High School rotation complements these classes by providing courses in Biology, American Literature, and U.S. History.
The 2015-2016 academic year is an “orange” year. During this year the Middle School rotation will consist of Atoms & Molecules, British Literature, and European History. The High School rotation will include Chemistry, British Literature, and European History.
The 2016-2017 academic year is a “yellow” year. During this year the Middle School rotation will entail courses in Physical Science, Ancient & World Literature, and World History. The High School rotation will be comprised of Physics, World Literature, and World History.
The 2017-2018 academic year would then revert back to being a “blue” year.
Each student enrolled in the academy will be responsible for completing “blue”, “orange”, and “yellow” courses during their Middle and High School rotations. These sequences of classes may be completed in any order and are entirely dependent on their entry year and academic history (with some exceptions ).
A student entering in the 2016-2017 academic year, for example, would take “yellow” Middle School classes and then take “blue” classes the following year. The student would complete his or her rotation by completing “orange” classes in the third year. The student would then enter the High School rotation on a “yellow” year.
There are some peculiarities to the rotation system. During the fourth year of the high school rotation students can either take an Advanced Placement counterpart for a previously completed class within the color year designation, independently study special fourth year topics, or enroll in a local community college in a dual enrollment program. During a high school student’s third year, they have the option of taking the Advanced Placement Language and Composition examination (additional lessons and preparation will be provided in the Explorations elective course).
Since skills studied in mathematics are cumulative, math coursework lies outside the “blue”, “orange”, and “yellow” color designations. Each student is independently assessed and placed into small group instruction settings that follow particular course outlines. Students start in pre-Algebra and progress to Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus (College Algebra and Trigonometry), Calculus AB, and Calculus BC. Students may be granted accelerated coursework if they have a heightened aptitude and disposition for mathematics.
Students in the High School rotation have the option of taking Academic (regular) classes or Advanced Placement classes to potentially receive college credit. Students have until the end of the first quarter to commit to one particular designation. Students that are below grade level have the option of taking the Middle School counterpart during the first year of their rotation with the understanding that they will complete their High School rotation by enrolling in the academic or Advanced Placement equivalent. This inherent flexibility allows the academy to cater to individual students’ needs and abilities. Students who complete a full 7 year rotation have the potential to accumulate up to 66 college credits by achieving certain scores in Advanced Placement testing.
1 Academic and Advanced Placement Chemistry requires an Algebra II co/prerequisite. Academic Physics requires an Algebra II co/prerequisite. Advanced Placement Physics requires a Calculus co/prerequisite. Failure to meet these mathematics requirements will relegate students to the Middle School counterpart unless given teacher permission.
2 Based on North Carolina State University Advanced Placement transfer equivalents. Each college has their own guidelines.