Mission Academy believes in educating the whole child in preparation to become leaders and conquer the real world. Our education teams know that for children to thrive, they must be in a supportive and nurturing environment that caters to their individual needs and learning styles. Mission Academy also understands that learning to solve real-world problems involves exposing our learners to them in a safe setting when failure is not just accepted but is an expected part of the process. We understand that parents have a choice of where to enroll their children and have built a school we’re proud to send our children to!
- Healthy Mind, Body, & Spirit
How We Incorporate Our Core Values
Character Strong Curriculum – Our guides and learners participate in Character Strong Curriculum, a unique program designed to focus on the social-emotional development of the individual. The program focuses on character development and making choices based on informed decisions. The program also helps our learners become self-aware, build relationship skills, and take responsibility for their choices and actions.
Real World Problems – Our school and studios focus on problem-based learning. PBL gives learners the opportunity to observe, gather data, make hypotheses, and create solutions. Our studio setting fosters innovation, creates a collaborative community, and supports working to achieve the best outcome for the group and not individual gain.
Diversity and Cultural Awareness – At Mission Academy, all are welcome, and we encourage learners and their families to share their heritage and traditions with us. Our curriculum includes exposure to art, music, history, and geography from around the world because we understand that exposure to differences builds creativity, empathy, and acceptance.
Guided Not Taught – At Mission Academy, we have guides, not teachers, to support our learners as they traverse through each unit. Even though they don’t carry the title “teacher,” our guides have extensive educational backgrounds and experience and are hired based on their expertise and commitment to developing the whole child.
Family Partnership – Families and parents are essential to our success, and we offer many opportunities throughout the year for parental involvement. Likewise, we love to hear from our parents and learners about what is working and areas we need to improve. Honest feedback is key to our success, and we welcome all with open arms!
Always Evolving – Our job at Mission Academy is to evolve and grow continuously. We love new and innovative ideas and techniques. Our staff engages in professional development throughout the year based on the most updated educational pedagogy and practices. We realize there is always room for growth and change and are always on the lookout for those opportunities. We foster the same desire to grow and evolve in our learners by helping them understand they are part of something bigger than themselves.
Our school is divided into the following multi-age groups:
- Montessori = kindergarten
- Lower Elementary = 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade
- Upper Elementary = 4th and 5th
- Middle School= 6- 8th grade
- High School = 9-12
Multi-age classrooms are beneficial to learners in multiple ways. First, children can progress and develop at their own pace without the pressure of a grade or number hanging over them. Additionally, they have opportunities to mentor and be mentored by their peers, which fosters a collaborative environment and leadership skills.
Our goal is to prepare our learners for the demands of the real world, exceed expectations, and positively impact their families and communities. To do so, they need opportunities to interact daily with peers solving real-life problems. In addition, they must develop empathy, critical thinking skills, conflict resolution, the ability to collaborate, time management, self-confidence, and respect for others.
Mission Academy accomplishes these things and more for our learners by adhering to our core beliefs and practicing and demonstrating these skills daily.