Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy will hold an Open House on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 2-4 p.m. and offer prospective students and families the opportunity to meet current students and faculty, take a guided tour and learn about registering for fall 2020.
A Personalized Approach to Learning
Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon, co-educational, accredited institution, the academy offers a successful Personalized Approach to Learning for each student in Pre-K3 through Grade 8.
Offered since fall 2018, a Personalized Approach to Learning means instruction is fluid and flexible, based the on the needs of the student. The benefit of this approach is that every child receives a tailored education, allowing them to excel in their strength areas, while identifying and receiving added support and attention in areas needing improvement.
“A Personalized Approach to Learning allows students to learn in an environment that engages, inspires, and empowers them. Whole group, small group, and one-on-one instructional strategies are combined with cutting-edge learning technologies to provide each student with a personalized learning experience in the classroom,” explains principal Stanley Steele. “This approach to learning also provides the teaching staff and students with autonomy and empowers them to take student learning to the next level.”
Technology is one of several tools to enhance curriculum and encourage student creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Another tool, the “station-rotation” model, incorporates teacher directed instruction to small groups based on a student’s needs and student collaboration on a teacher assigned project to create and communicate mastery of skills and knowledge.
Multi-Age Classrooms for Continuous Learning
The Academy also offers multi-age classrooms which allow children spend a longer period of time with the same teacher, resulting in a stronger learning relationship and continuous learning. The classroom dynamic also stimulates mentorship. Regardless of where a child falls on the learning continuum—younger or older, in need of special attention or gifted, a child will benefit from this approach.
Principal Steele notes, “These academic offerings coupled with a STEAM curriculum and small class sizes allow Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy to provide the foundation for tomorrow’s leaders, with students achieving excellence beyond standardized testing norms.”
A Nurturing Environment for Your Child and Family
The Academy’s faith-based environment nurtures the whole child and emphasizes strong moral values and respect for self and others, fostering a kinder and gentler learning atmosphere so kids can be kids a little longer.
A hallmark of the Academy is the emphasis on “Service above Self,” with projects and community events scheduled throughout the year. Extra-curricular activities offered include cross-country, field hockey and basketball programs, after-school band, school plays, music performances, and special interest clubs. Parents benefit from a vibrant family community, early morning drop-off and a flexible after-school program available for all grades.