Roots Academy Philosophy
Kids in the middle school years go through some of the most difficult physical and emotional times of their lives. They are full of confusion as they try to figure out who they are and how they fit in with the world.
It is during these delicate years that kids are the most impressionable and most easily influenced. They just want to be normal – which often means being like everyone else. Unfortunately, some teenagers can be cruel and their influence may not be the positive example that we want our children to follow. Often the social issues are so overwhelming that students have difficulty learning.
Creating a smaller environment eliminates a lot of the social pressures that distract students. At Roots Academy, we believe that by reducing the class size we can individualize education, create a challenging, engaging environment and greatly increase learning, both now and in the future.
At Roots Academy the ratio is 10-15 students per teacher, with a school maximum of 24 students. We believe that this is the ideal size as it is large enough for positive socialization and collaboration with peers, yet small enough to give the teachers an opportunity to really know each child. By focusing on individual strengths, as well as the areas of concern, we can personalize learning based on the needs of each student and give immediate feedback to the student and parents.
Another advantage to the small class size is mobility. There is an abundance of hands-on, practical learning we can glean from our community and its members. We take every available opportunity to utilize these resources in order to engage the student and add value and relevance to the learning experience. When meaning is given to learning, interest and retention are much greater. Kids see that learning is fun and that the opportunities to learn are all around them – not just something that happens at school.
A “root” by definition is the part of a plant that attaches it to the ground or to a support, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant. While Webster had trees and plants in mind, this applies as well to students and education. We believe that middle school is the time to strengthen the roots by teaching the fundamentals of the core subjects, study skills, personal confidence and accountability. It is our desire at Roots Academy to be the support and nourishment that your child needs to flourish in their education for future growth.