Individualized

Harbor Hill schoolhouse approaches academics in an individualized way that makes use of student’s gifts while also addressing their challenges. To accommodate different learning styles, every lesson incorporates various delivery methods that cater to each student’s needs. For example, a math lesson can include a whiteboard lesson (visual), practical usage discussions (auditory), and manipulatives or physical modeling (kinesthetic) depending on which method works best for students. With guidance from teachers, students are given the freedom to approach each lesson in the way that best suits their learning needs.

Curriculum-Based Learning

Our curriculum includes a combination of core subjects (reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and arts) and interdisciplinary project-based work that creates a well-rounded education. Each student is evaluated by a learning specialist to assess their ability level in each subject area, and receives an individualized learning plan to cater to their unique abilities (including academic, self-awareness, and social-emotional skills). This allows them to advance at their own pace in each area without the constraints of traditional age-based grades. Students work collaboratively with their teacher to set learning goals based on their assessments and interests. When students have a voice in defining their learning goals and reviewing their progress they are more motivated to achieve those goals. Students build confidence as they meet their daily commitments and find pride in their accomplishments.

Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning includes skills that are necessary to help students manage their emotions, work with others, and set goals. We work with each student to set individual goals and incorporate these skills into all aspects of the day.

 Flexibility

Each day consists of a planned learning objective but provides the flexibility to allow students to ask and explore deep, thought provoking questions that may be outside the intended lesson. Teachers guide these shifts to maximize benefits toward the original objective while satisfying the student’s interests and needs.

Authentic Learning

Learning is not limited to time spent behind a desk, so we include time outside the classroom to visit community centers, museums, parks, and local businesses to round out student’s real-world learning experience. Project-based learning and involvement in the local community are important parts of our student’s learning.

Low student-teacher ratio

Students are best able to grow within their capabilities when they receive regular personal attention and support. We target a 6:1 ratio.

Mixed-age classes

The mixed-age classroom models real-world interaction, builds social learning, and promotes natural sharing of ideas between peers.

Individualized learning plans

Education should be individualized to each child’s unique abilities (including academic, self-awareness, and social-emotional skills).

Daily outdoor time

Children require exercise and physical activity every day. Children should have time throughout the day to play, exercise, and move freely.

Low student-teacher ratio

Students are best able to grow within their capabilities when they receive regular personal attention and support. We target a 6:1 ratio.

Mixed-age classes

The mixed-age classroom models real-world interaction, builds social learning, and promotes natural sharing of ideas between peers.

Individualized learning plans

Education should be individualized to each child’s unique abilities (including academic, self-awareness, and social-emotional skills).

Daily outdoor time

Children require exercise and physical activity every day. Children should have time throughout the day to play, exercise, and move freely.

Low student-teacher ratio

Students are best able to grow within their capabilities when they receive regular personal attention and support. We target a 6:1 ratio.

Mixed-age classes

The mixed-age classroom models real-world interaction, builds social learning, and promotes natural sharing of ideas between peers.

Individualized learning plans

Education should be individualized to each child’s unique abilities (including academic, self-awareness, and social-emotional skills).

Daily outdoor time

Children require exercise and physical activity every day. Children should have time throughout the day to play, exercise, and move freely.