The academic focus of our school is to provide a challenging yet supportive curriculum to all students. Singapore Math is used in all grades, which greatly accelerates math learning. Numerous computer programs help support students in language arts and math. Reading is stressed at all levels in a variety of ways. Students receive additional support if there is an academic need, whether it is in remediation or acceleration. Religion is not only taught daily, but incorporated into all other aspects of school life.
The schools have forged several partnerships in the community, which helps provide more individual instruction. Groups like Foster Grandparents, the University of Wisconsin –Stevens Point, the United Way, the Portage County Business Council and other community organizations work with our students regularly at all levels.
Technology is considered another tool for students. We have a 1:1 iPad program, which means each student has access to their own iPad during the school day. Coding and Digital Citizenship are taught to all students along with an integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program.
Assessment is a major portion of the academic program. A variety of tools are used which helps monitor students’ progress. Curriculum Based Monitors from the University of Oregon, DRA’s, are a sample of some of the assessments. Students at all levels score extremely high, performing at some of the highest levels in the country.
The staff has received numerous awards, including the Herb Kohl Fellowship Award, recognizing the top 100 teachers in the state (two others recently retired). Teachers and support staff have also earned numerous local awards as well.