Science • Fine Arts • Humanitarianism • Technology
Science & Fine Arts
Each Gestalt school adds a special focus area that fits the needs of the surrounding community. To meet the needs of North Memphis, Humes Preparatory Academy focuses on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. While these focus areas are infused throughout the curriculum, so you might find scholars working with robots in a writing class or applying their engineering skills in the on-campus Learning Garden, we also offer special courses such as Computer Science, Robotics, Performing Arts, and African American Studies.
Humes scholars, parents, and staff are all charged with the mission to leave our community better than we found it. Humes Academy service learning is anchored in the National Youth Leadership Council evidence-based standards. Our service learning includes:
- Meaningful Service: Engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.
- Link to Curriculum: Used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals.
- Reflection: Incorporates reflection activities that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.
- Diversity: Promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.
- Youth Voice: Provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service-learning experiences.
- Partnerships: Partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.
- Progress Monitoring: Engages participants in an ongoing process to assess quality and progress toward meeting goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.
- Duration and Intensity: Includes sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.
Community Service learning example: a sixth grade class may plant seeds in a community garden while learning about weather. A group of seventh graders may clean up a park or collect recyclables while learning about the environment.
Integrated technology tools empower student and teacher productivity. Every child has access to a laptop and digital curriculum during class, and every teacher uses technology to gain real-time data about scholar understanding. Technology roots Humes Academy classrooms in the constructivist approach, which offers students the opportunity to design their own learning experiences.
Humes scholars use computers for individualized, digital learning groups. These groups provide assignments based on the individual learner’s skill deficits, thus creating a customized, differentiated assignment for every child in reading and mathematics. In addition to face-to-face instruction, scholars use online assignments customized to their individual areas of strength and weakness. Teachers add integrated technology simulations, presentation tools, and audio, such as iMovies, to enhance instruction.
Our teachers use the power of technology to assess and receive real-time data to drive instruction. To gauge how students are performing, teachers employ a set of assessments, including daily checks for understanding, weekly informal assessments, and formal assessments geared to state standards. This data helps teachers determine whether she or he can move on to the next lesson because all scholars understood, or she needs to work one-on-one with a few scholars who struggled with the lesson, or she needs needs to re-teach the lesson to the entire class.
Parents, scholars, and staff can all access student data anytime with easy-to-use software such as Gradebook, PowerSchool, and Schoology.