Elementary students are so full of life! At Progressive Academy we love directing the vibrancy of each of our students to help them gain the skills that they will need to carry them into a lifetime of learning. As a school accredited by Alberta Education, we use Alberta’s exceptional program of studies. This curriculum provides a broad and balanced framework.
Students are given many opportunities to explore the world in a number of ways throughout their elementary years at Progressive Academy. Our classrooms are beehives of activity and productivity as students explore their interests and learn through a variety of approaches. A study of our classrooms may find students caring for a worm compost, creating information campaigns for parents to stop idling their cars or researching and writing on the effects of discarded cell phones.
Helping students understand the purpose for the skills they are learning is key to our success. When students are engaged in authentic learning and meaningful work they put their whole heart into the task at hand.
We teach and encourage the use of effective study skills and high literacy, which sets the stage in the development of competence for lifelong learning. Understanding is the true result of reading and study, not only grades. Students who understand the subjects’ studied in elementary school have a firm foundation for future learning.
In Language Arts we foster in the student a love of reading and the ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing. We back track when needed to help students grasp the earlier skills necessary in phonics, and we ensure that our students understand grammar so that they can use it to communicate effectively. Our goal in mathematics is to help students truly understand the principles behind the mathematics, so that they will fluently use those concepts to solve problems. In addition to core curriculum, students programs include French as a Second Language, Visual Arts, Drama, Music, Computer Science and Physical Education.
Students are also encouraged to identify topics that spark their interest and to explore these projects through research and to express their findings creatively.