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Akers Academy

124 North Corners Parkway
Cumming, GA 30040

Phone:
(770) 888-4788

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Co-op

From the Director:

At Akers Academy, WE are interested in your child's total development, From 6 weeks thru 5 years old and our school age children from 6 to 12 years old. Our programs are designed to promote confidenc, creativity, and self esteem. We understand that children learn best thru play and hands on experiences, in a safe and healthy environment. Like you , we want your child to enjoy his child-to live, learn, laugh and enjoy what each day will bring.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Our daily curriculum includes: Yoga, Creative Movement and Music, Science, Art, Spanish, Pre reading and writing activities, Math, Large and Small Motor skills, Manners and Social Skills, Character Education, Literacy and Language activities, Sign Language, Sportsmanship.

From the Director:

We believe each child is unique and individual. WE are sensitive to a child's social, emotional intellectual and physical needs. We provide a balance of teacher directed and child initiated developmentally appropriate activities and programs that focus on the process of learning. We encourage a love of learning and successful experiences.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Lesson plans are based on individual children's needs as well as the whole group. Progress reoprts and conferences are ongoing during the year to always keep parents aware of children's progress. Daily sheets are sent home each day for specific learning awareness.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Akers Academy recognizes the importance of �Active Minds�. The need to
successfully manage, contribute, grow and learn from life, demands our minds to be
constantly engaged in learning. Our �Active Minds� curriculum stimulates physical,
social and intellectual growth.
We strive to develop, enhance and expand our children's abilities through a
combination of child-initiated activities, teacher directed lessons and experiences.
Child-initiated activities under teacher guidance help children to explore, question
and investigate the world and things around them. Teacher lessons
expand our children's knowledge and abilities by guiding them to new ideas,
experiences and fun while instilling a love of learning.
The basic elements within our Early Childhood Development Program detail
activities within the curriculum and actively demonstrate the progressive building
of developmentally appropriate learning skills in each classroom
level, allowing for individual growth and challenge.
Our curriculum has a monthly theme, skills and concepts. Each is enhanced
by stations, games, group and individual activities. Our parents are a part of their
child's learning day and kept informed through posted lesson plans, daily take
home sheets for our 2's and under, and weekly newsletters for our
Pre-k 3's and up. Fun events that promote socialization and school spirit infuse
our curriculum with family.
We want you to feel confident in your choice of the best school programs for early
childhood development. Akers Academy provides an environment where your
child will be safe, secure, cared-for, challenged and happy.
Thank you for your interest in our school. We look forward to enhancing
your child's active mind."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to attend our Open houses, Family suppers, Special events, and volunteer in the classrooms. We also send home weekly and monthly newsletters and have an Open Door policy.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on