Education Special Section
THE IMPORTANCE OF FINDING THE RIGHT FIT by Jennifer Weber
The Grande Innovation Academy puts emphasis on educating the whole child, striving to develop open-minded, principled, inquisitive lifelong learners.
n an era where parents have so many choices when selecting a school for their kids, it’s important for parents to determine what their needs are first, before looking at all the options available. One school does not necessarily fit all students. In a situation where a family has multiple children with different interests, the challenge becomes even harder for the parents. Executive Director Patty Messer of the Grande Innovation Academy kept this in mind when developing the innovative and creative programs for the campus life and structure of the Kindergarten – 8th grade charter school. The Grande Innovation Academy’s mission is to provide its scholars with an innovative 21st Century education. They infuse technology in all aspects of their program and offer Spanish, art, music and after school clubs – all with hands-on learning techniques. Scholars hone their imagination, dexterity and cognitive strength while spending time in the school’s FabLab, an interactive do-it-yourself fabrication laboratory allowing students to take ownership of their projects through intrinsic creativity. Often parents of gifted children only have the option of
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regular classroom enrichment. Alternatively, the Grande Innovation Academy offers the Path-2-Potential Program. Gifted scholars are placed in self-contained gifted classes and are given a differentiated curriculum to match their abilities. Their culture is designed around a set of core values that puts a focus on teamwork and high achievement. On a daily basis, scholars not only challenge themselves, but challenge each other to prepare them for leadership roles in our increasingly global community. Scholars learn about business, social responsibility and agriculture by planting and harvesting crops each year, selling them at the Farmer’s Market and donating crops to the community food bank. The Grande Innovation Academy puts emphasis on educating the whole child, striving to develop open-minded, principled, inquisitive lifelong learners. Focused on physical fitness and nutrition as well as their academic endeavors, scholars develop a strong sense of pride in themselves, their school and a desire to learn. To learn more about the Grande Innovation Academy visit www.GrandeInnovationAcademy.com.
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