In our middle school courses, mentors focus on helping students develop an excitement to learn and the discipline to structure their time and energy toward their education. The middle school curriculum is project-based. In every class, assignments are built upon projects designed to encourage students to experience the world and engage with exciting ideas. Course subjects are integrated so that student projects draw on all different types of knowledge. These methods inspire students with confidence and compassion and prepare them to excel in their high school courses, and later, to become principled leaders as adults.
Middle School Methods
I love that my son is learning how to be a leader. His education does not include being told what to think or express. His education emphasizes thinking on his own and solving his own problems. Because of this, I have confidence in his future and his contributions to society.
Middle school classes at Leadership Academy use projects to match and expand the range of interests and abilities of the students. Every week, courses provide an array of project options. Students work with mentors to choose and carry out projects that are adapted to their learning style and capacity. Students get excited about projects and are able to see the application and importance of what they discuss in class. At Leadership Academy, students are not merely told how to be leaders, innovators, or writers. Rather, they practice leadership, science, and communication in their lives and report back to mentors and classmates on what they learn.
While specialization and a strict division of knowledge may become necessary in more advanced educational settings, our middle school courses are designed to retain the interconnectivity of different disciplines. Since leadership, math, science, and the arts are integrated in the real world, we integrate them in our classrooms. Students learn to express themselves through writing in humanities and leadership courses, and they write about leadership and humanities in writing courses. Projects help them experience the connections between music and mathematics, literature and moral character, history and the development of science. As a result, they finish middle school excited about learning and with the capacity to understand the relationship between the disciplines they will engage in high school courses.
All middle school students are required to attend small classes called leadership pods. Leadership pods are the means we use to deliver personal support and accountability to each student. Pods meet for shorter class sessions on a daily basis. Through readings, discussions, and projects, students have the opportunity to develop the discipline to make meaningful commitments and to manage their time and energy in order to keep them. These leadership attributes will serve them in their other classes, in their high school courses, and throughout the rest of their lives.