Academics

 

OUR PURPOSE

We are a school that serves bright dyslexic and twice exceptional (2e) students with strong visual-spatial thinking skills. Our program is unique and designed specifically for these students.

The elementary school classes (1st- 5th grades) are no larger than 6 students in a classroom and the middle school classes (6th – 8th grades) have an average of 8 students in a classroom.

All of our students rotate teachers throughout the day and are placed in classes that will allow us to work with them at their readiness level in mathematics and language arts.

OUR PROGRAM

Our curriculum and program strives to inspire the students to explore areas of interest to them and to take an active part in their education. We do this through allowing student choice as often as possible, from books they read, to topics they write about, to the way the present what they have learned.  This creates a learning environment where the education and what each student is working on can be highly individualized.

Our teachers design learning experiences for the students that build not only fundamental academic skills, but also executive functioning, self-awareness, and self-advocacy skills. These are essential pieces to our program and are woven throughout all classes that the students take.

SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNER OUTCOMES

Athena Academy Graduates will demonstrate Self-awareness and Self-advocacy Skills

Athena Academy Graduates will approach life with Flexibility, Compassion, and a Growth Mindset

Athena Academy Graduates will be Problem Solvers

Athena Academy Graduates will be Effective Communicators

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING (Changemakers)

We recognize that many of our students come to Athena feeling badly about their abilities, having a poor perception of themselves as students, and with some coping behaviors that might not serve them well in the long run.

Our Changemakers class is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of themselves, develop a growth mindset, work on communicating what they need and how they’re feeling in an effective way, and building conflict resolution skills.

The Changemakers curriculum

The Changemakers curriculum starts with helping the students to have a greater self-awareness – through check-ins, role-playing, investigations into personal strengths and struggles. Then the curriculum teaches the students how to see the strengths and struggles of others with compassion and understanding.

The students work on active listening, clear communication, appropriate tone of voice, and reading body language in order to express the things that they appreciate and find challenging with their peers.

As the students get older, they work on group problem-solving through open sessions.  Open session allows the students to anonymously bring up things that they are struggling with – either at home or at school – and their peers offer understanding, suggestions, or ask for clarification in order to help problem-solve the situation.

All of the activities and experiences in this class serve to build empathy, resilience, and a strong sense of community and the principles of social-emotional learning are central to all that we do on campus.