Instructional Approach

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Shortridge Academy provides students with an intellectually stimulating learning environment that is flexible and sensitive to students’ individual needs. The majority of our students are bright underachievers who experienced challenges in the classroom in their previous schooling, revealed in a more recent decline in academic performance or a longer history of struggling in school due to attention issues or learning differences. Curriculum and instruction at Shortridge are designed to motivate and engage all students to reach their academic potential and become lifelong learners.

Our faculty members are experienced, skilled teachers who are passionate about their respective subject areas. They teach using multi-modal approaches to learning, emphasizing classroom discussion, collaboration, problem solving, and active learning. Our instructional approach is effective in engaging and challenging gifted students in addition to supporting those with a range of learning needs and challenges from ADHD to mild learning disabilities.

Instruction is guided by the following principles:

  • All students are capable of learning
  • Students have different strengths and learning styles, and learn at different paces
  • Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of their own learning style and learn how to advocate for themselves and their learning process
  • Classrooms are meant to be places where students learn healthy intellectual habits, and develop a “voice”
  • Learning and teaching need to be student centered and should emphasize inquiry and critical thinking, writing, and research
  • All feedback, whether written or oral, is designed to be constructive
  • Emotions, values, and ethics are a vital part of the learning process, and have an important place in the classroom
  • Educational technology tools are an important part of students’ academic lives as we prepare students to be 21st-century learners, both in higher education and the workplace.