/ LEARNING TO READ
/ ELEMENTARY LEVEL
Our Learning to Read program gives students the tools they need at an early age to become independent learners. Because learning to read is the foundation for which their entire education rests, we believe that mastery is essential.
Our special phonetic program is a delightful way for children to learn how to read. Letter friends that have their own stories and songs creates anticipation for each new day at school. These tools also help the children to remember letter names and sounds.
Learning letters with their phonetic symbols helps children to master the various sounds one letter may make. Mastery of these symbols also empowers children to read words that they have never seen before. Being able to sound out new words with the aid of phonetic symbols creates confidence and the ability to be independent readers.
After having learned how to read through the Learning to Read program, our elementary students are well on their journey as confident and independent learners.
In this stage of their learning, we help our students to take personal responsibility for their own learning. Students are required to set reasonable and achievable daily learning goals and complete those goals.
With the active help of teacher who monitors their goal setting, whether or not they are achieving their goals, and who helps as needed, students are encouraged and empowered to excel.
Incentives for achieving goals and earning good scores on their work pushes students to excel in a positive way. As students set goals for themselves and achieve them, they have the chance to experience personal victory! A skill and experience that will propel them well into the future.
GRACE ACADEMY is truly unique in that they utilize the "individualized advantage". Unlike conventional school systems, where a child may be admitted to a grade based upon age, students are admitted by performance level, which is ascertained by undergoing a diagnostic test. This test tells our professional educating team the performance level of a child in each subject.
It is not uncommon to find a child more skilled in one area of learning and perhaps lacking in another; even having "learning gaps" -- where a student might have missed an entire key concept essential to his success later on. After being tested, the student is then prescribed a personalized learning plan to help him excel in all areas of his learning. He may continue to progress ahead in subjects he is skilled in, get the help he needs in other areas (filling in any learning gaps), and excel at a rate that works best for him.
With a system that allows a student to learn at his own pace, the motivated student is well-capable of completing a year and a half, and in an exceptional case, twice the amount of school work required for one school year. If the student is ready to progress ahead, there is nothing to prevent him from moving forward, going to the next grade level and beyond, or being held back by the learning rate of his fellow classmates.
Our learning team works one-on-one with each student, ensuring a quality education with no gaps, as GRACE ACADEMY is a mastery-based learning program (a student must master any material before proceeding forward). "F's" are not issued in our program.
After being prescribed a learning plan, the student may begin learning at his own pace using the A.C.E. curriculum system coupled with proper encouragement and motivation through our dedicated staff and incentive programs.
/ MIDDLE LEVEL
After having created a strong foundation in personal goal setting and achievement, students continue to thrive with the addition of competition in the arts, athletics, and sciences through our Regional Student Convention.
We feel that our Regional Student Convention introduces a whole new element to our students' learning experience. Whereas students were mostly focused on pursuing personal victory and competing only with themselves, RSC provides the opportunity to experience healthy competition with other students.
When students are aware that their work will be on display and that there is recognition and prizes to be won for excellent work, they are encouraged to go above and beyond!
In our High School level learning, students are preparing for college and life beyond the classroom.
In addition to high level academics and Regional Student Convention, students have the opportunity to participate in International Student Convention held annually in the United States. Grace Academy is proud to represent Guam among schools from countries all over the world!
Learn more about our High School Courses of Study.