Curriculum

curriculum

CURRICULUM cur·ric·u·lum

  1. The courses offered by an educational institution
  2. Outlines the skills, performances, attitudes, and values pupils are expected to learn from schooling. It includes statements of desired pupil outcomes, descriptions of materials, and the planned sequence that will be used to help pupils attain the outcomes.
  3. All the learning which is planned and guided by the school, whether it is carried on in groups or individually, inside or outside the school.
  4. The total learning experience provided by a school. It includes the content of courses, the methods employed (strategies), and other aspects, like norms and values, which relate to the way the school is organized

Forrestal Academy Curriculum provides a well balanced approach to learning incorporating both essential academic offerings and a sophisticated blend of enrichment programming.

Forrestal Academy is an independent Private school, which allows for us to choose only the very best components in which to assemble our exceptional age-appropriate curriculum and enrichment programs.

We do not add additional fees for many offerings that are “add-on” costs at other establishments e.g. music, foreign language, fitness or computers. Many enrichment programs are included in your tuition.

There is no parent company dictating that we use their “stock approach”; or their basic music plan or disallowing our families from having programs like Yoga, Nutrition, Science and nature studies because “their” corporate program does not have such components.

The Forrestal Academy learning team has freedom of selection, ability to provide so many more exceptional boutique programs unlike many of our corporate competitors. We have had the ideal opportunity to identify, research and engage with a variety of academic leaders and sought after enrichment program providers to collectively create the Forrestal Academy Curriculum and programming. The best of all worlds right here at Forrestal Academy – early learning excellence!

Our curriculum and approach is based on sound child development principles of how children grow and learn. Some of the considerations for our curriculum and enrichment programs are to:

  • Promote feelings of safety, security, and sense of belonging
  • Help children achieve social, emotional, linguistic, physical, and cognitive goals
  • Promote and encourage social interaction among children and adults
  • Have expectations that are realistic and attainable – setting and maintaining age-appropriateness
  • Promote positive relationships and open communication with peers and families
  • Encourage development of life-time learners, children who have a passion for the acquisition of knowledge and skills
  • Encourage additional learning at home by providing resources for families
  • Build upon and elaborate on children’s knowledge and abilities
  • Keep them current with today’s technological benefits but re-introduce them to nature!
  • Facilitate concept learning and skills development in an integrated and natural way
  • Provide flexibility for children and teachers, as learning is achieved so many ways
  • Encourage active learning and guide children to make meaningful choices for themselves
  • Provide measurable assessments and metrics that identify progress, gaps and achievements
  • Foster a child’s exploration, imagination and inquiry, rather than focusing on a definitive “right” way to complete a task
  • Promote the development of higher order abilities, such as thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making
  • Respect a child’s psychological and physiological needs for activity, sensory stimulation, fresh air, rest, and nourishment
  • Provide experiences that promote feelings of success, competence, self-esteem and build confidence
  • Promote good hygiene, manners and self-awareness
  • Be respectful and inclusive of cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Provide a variety of essential enrichment programs from; nutrition, fitness, musical appreciation and the arts to ecological awareness, character development and good citizenship