What is one thing that makes Root Academy unique?
Root Academy offers an individualized approach to education that is rarely seen in schools, whether they are public or private. Every child is treated with respect, and is offered a high degree of personal attention. This is made possible in part by a low 8:1 ratio of students to teachers plus 1-2 additional support staff always on site. Additionally, all teachers and staff work collaboratively as a team to ensure each child is receiving the appropriate care and support.
What are your visions for the future?
We envision Root Academy as a preschool through high school institution, located on a large campus with several buildings, with a functional garden that contributes to the lunch program and a large outdoor play space.
What benefits do you see from making martial arts and language pillars of your school?
Martial arts teaching enables the development of discipline, self-respect, perseverance, and empathy. Foreign language instruction contributes to increased mental elasticity and greater appreciation and respect for other languages and cultures.
How is the progress of the students measured to assure that they are getting the same basics of education as their peers in other schools?
Daily observations and progress notes are recorded by each classroom teacher. Individual student assessments are completed as needed following mastery checklists associated with our curriculum materials from the North American Montessori Center.
How does Root handle conflicts between children and disruptive behavior?
Communication is encouraged between staff and students with an emphasis placed on the principles of respect for both self and others, and on taking responsibility for actions. Conflict resolution skills are actively taught with students work toward a goal of navigating each conflict peacefully and independently. Consequences are always relevant and meaningful.
What are the current demographics of the students?
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