What Makes Us Unique -- Great Books -- Individual Mission
School is unique in that it has deliberately
attempted to make this challenging education accessible to all students. We have done this by coupling it with proven
tools that make learning more reachable.
Some of these tools are:
A recent Research Brief published by Child Trends and
titled, "Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development,"
found that youth who participate in mentoring relationships experience a number
of positive benefits. In terms of educational achievement, mentored youth have
better attendance; a better chance of going on to higher education; and better
attitudes towards school. In terms of health and safety, mentoring appears to
help prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative youth behaviors. On the
social and emotional development front, taking part in mentoring promotes
positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their
parents more and communicate better with them. They also feel they get more
emotional support from their friends than do youth who are not mentored.
- Multiple Modes of Learning:
This program recognizes that people learn in different ways,
and if they are taught in their preferred mode, they will progress at a faster
pace, with more understanding.
- Relevance-Based Learning:
This style of learning engages the student in discussion and
hands on applications. It applies relevance to educational principles and makes
learning come alive. Also as part of our
relevance based learning we offer opportunities for apprenticeships,
internships, job shadowing and service opportunities.
- Individual Mission Program:
Unique to Paradigm, this portfolio tool is similar to an IEP, for
every student. An informal team is formed
comprised of the student, his parents and a core mentor. A goal path is set in which the student takes
the lead in planning for their core class, school year and ultimately experiences and planning that builds on and impacts goals for future years.Through parent feedback, student review and mentor reports, the
student’s progress is easily followed and this allows for prompt alterations and feedback when
- Small School
and Class Size:
The advantages of small school and class size are well
documented in many studies. A lower
student to teacher ratio creates a more personal environment to ensure that no child
will slip through the cracks, and be left behind.