Rewarding results of testing

Rewarding results of testing

In mid-April all our students but one brand-new student took the Iowa Assessments Form E. These are national-standard tests, each set for a grade level. We use the tests to assess how well we are teaching, not to rank students against each other. The value for...
James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

May 21, 2022.  In the culmination of more than a year of preparation, students in grades 3 through 8 presented the full-hour play, James and the Giant Peach, based on the story by Roald Dahl. Siblings, parents, grandparents, and teachers packed the school courtyard in...
A year in pictures and stories

A year in pictures and stories

All year students and teachers have been gathering pictures and stories about our lives in the Academy. Students then worked with former teacher Kelly Lin (now in California) to create this year’s yearbook.  It’s full of hundreds of images arranged artistically and...
Ending the year with a picnic

Ending the year with a picnic

Friday, May 27, 2022. We always end the academic year with a picnic in the park. Especially in COVID-19 times, this is a most enjoyable way for all of us to socialize freely and celebrate all that we accomplished this year – students, parents, teachers, friends....
Students present the Solar System

Students present the Solar System

Spring semester 2022. Students in grades 3-8 each created their own books about the Solar System – our Sun, Moon, and planets.  Distilling their learning over the semester, they illustrated each celestial body and wrote many telling facts about each, in fine cursive....
End-of-term performance 2022

End-of-term performance 2022

Friday, May 27, 2022. We’re back into live performances! With due caution against COVID-19 out students were able to sing, recite, and act outdoors in our second courtyard. All grades were up there, K through 8, before a packed audience of parents, grandparents,...