Because it is our mission to provide an excellent school program in which children are able “To increase in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man;” we teach our students that we increase in wisdom by expecting teachers and students to do their best in learning––and we measure success one student at a time. Here are some ways that our students are growing academically:
AJA starts our students on the right track by making perfect placements within the early years of the school experience. Grade level placements are recommended depending on a child’s developmental age and readiness testing for the school setting and curriculum. Our highly qualified staff works with each family to tailor and craft the perfect classroom experience enabling each child to develop positive attitudes towards learning and experience maximum growth each year.
Our multi-age classrooms allow each child to learn at their "just right" learning level. All children benefit from
Our staff builds each child’s confidence in learning, sharing, and speaking. We teach problem-solving skills and create a safe place to learn how school works. Children are placed and carefully paced through their elementary years with the continued use of progress reporting, and in partnership with the family’s goals for their child’s education. To learn more about how our multi-grade classrooms can benefit your child… read more about each of our classrooms.
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These curriculum-linked, developmentally appropriate outings provide the opportunity for experiential learning not ordinarily available in the classroom. They range from learning about animals at the zoo, to conducting experiments at the Lawrence Hall of Science, to studying physics as they enter the wind tunnel at iFly.
These outdoor outings are incorporated into our yearly curriculum because we believe that children benefit from intimate knowledge of the natural world, a knowledge gained by experiencing the outdoors first hand. The world of nature is “God’s second book,” and the treasures stored within its pages are invaluable. These outings range from a leaf walk down our country road, to exploring stream life, to a week long outing in nature.
Teachers create quarterly growth reports and give feedback on student learning and progress. Parents are invited to come into the classroom and see what their children are working on. Families are welcome to get updates from teachers between these times as well.
During the school year, each student’s progress is assessed using standardized tests such as the Iowa Assessment. The Iowa Assessments are nationally normed standardized tests offering educators a diagnostic look at how students are progressing in key academic areas. The results of these tests are shared with parents in the Fall.
The principal and teaching staff study the aggregate scores carefully to identify trends and refine the teaching approach in specific subject area(s).
We are proud of the fact that are students, on average, consistently score above grade level. And more proud of the fact that they typically make more than one full year’s progress in one year’s time. If you are interested in learning more about the aggregate scores, just ask our principal.