I was primed for success. I attended a private grade school, went to a College Preparatory and graduated with Honors. And when I took the ACTs to get into college, I scored so low that everyone (including me) thought it must've been a mistake. Then I took the ACTs again, and scored even lower. I spent the next 20 years of my life battling the self-image that I was actually a dumb kid pretending to be smart. All because of one test.
Today, there is so much data and research that shows us that each person learns differently and uniquely, and that a standardized test cannot measure the sum of a person's potential. And certainly not the quality of character which drives and motivates a person to true success and happiness in life.
We launched this school with many ambitions, not least, to provide a place of learning which strives for academic achievement while guiding young students to find "joy in learning". We believe emotional intelligence is equivalent in importance to academic excellence, and discovering how each child learns and processes is a critical key to this path. We do not "teach to the test", rather, we ask questions that open young minds to explore, discover, and learn deeply for themselves, all while cultivating a passion for learning. As human beings, this is true learning, and it is joyful!