The St. Alban's Approach

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The St. Alban's Approach

Learning is a lifetime process. Growth in learning is unique to each child. Children learn through a variety of instructional methods and through the modeling of the behaviors of those who are important to them. They must learn to view success as well as disappointment as opportunities for growth rather than as measures of their worth. 

The unique role of St. Alban's Episcopal School is to prepare students in the context of a Christian community of love and concern, to achieve academically, to develop moral values, and to interact in a socially acceptable manner. St. Alban's School has a responsibility to this community to provide properly trained and experienced teachers and staff who demonstrate genuine love and respect for children and who are flexible in using a variety of materials and methods in meeting the individual needs of those children.

Parents and students at St. Alban’s Day School are committed to learning at the highest level.  They have a desire and ability to undertake challenging curriculum, perform with distinction at the secondary level, and strive to be productive citizens within the school and the world at large. 

Beginning at 15 months old, our academic philosophy is a “whole child” approach.  Our early childhood program is based upon children’s interests, past experiences, and developmental levels.  Classrooms is divided into learning centers (i.e. blocks, art, reading, dramatic play, table games, science, computers and math).  This allows the child to explore, create, experiment, and discover.  The centers provide many opportunities for the child to practice new skills and to make choices and decisions within a framework of cooperative responsibility.  This will ensure that each child is successful, enjoys learning, and takes pride in his/her accomplishments.  Centers also allow for more individualized instruction which is at the heart of our early childhood program.

This philosophy continues into Grades 1-6, where we strive to offer a 21st century learning approach - where teachers are facilitators, presenting subjects as part of a broader picture of the human experience.  Technology is a priority and students are not only taught how to use the technology but how to incorporate it into their daily learning.  Teachers strive to not just give their students information, but to train them to use their critical thinking and problem solving skills, giving students the habit and discipline of self-education.  

Service learning and spiritual formation is at the heart of what St. Alban’s is all about.  Religious life and community service are incorporated daily through chapel and religion classes and students are challenged to develop clear moral standards - preparing them for the choices and responsibilities that face them in a free society.

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