Academic Approach

Learning Approach:

Education of the “Whole Child”
We address each student’s academic/ intellectual, social/emotional, moral/character and physical/sensory needs.

Human Development Education
Human development education is the cornerstone of our program. This approach recognizes that all humans experience the same basic stages of development, but they progress at different paces. We use a continuous progress/mastery learning system to support our human development education approach.

High Expectations
Our teaching staff plans instruction with high expectations for each student’s ability to master new learning. We believe in the inherent goodness and unlimited potential of each student, which fosters high student performance.

Internal Motivation Psychology
We practice internal motivation psychology to support, promote and develop students’ independent choice, leading them to perform their best, to develop higher level thinking skills, and to identify core values that will guide them throughout their school and adulthood. 

The internal motivation psychology approach at Orchard Academy includes:

  • Teachers and staff understand the human development characteristics of their students’ age group and they use that information in the organization of their classroom, in their daily instruction, and in their relationships with students.
  • Teachers and staff focus on building positive relationships. They model and teach the caring habits and character traits that students are expected to learn and demonstrate. They teach and apply the basic core democratic values with regard to respect for the individual and our responsibility for the “common good.”
  • Teachers and staff use established routines to teach social protocols and procedures. As students learn the procedures and protocols, they understand the expectations for their participation, interactions, and navigation in the school setting.
  • The school has adopted a “no tolerance” school safety policy for major conduct violations such as violence, insubordination, weapons, drugs, bullying and harassment.

Continuous Mastery Learning Model
The continuous progress/mastery learning model allows students to move through the curriculum at their own pace. The expectation for mastery of the essential curriculum is designated for each learning unit before students move on to the next unit.