New Private School: Traditional Basics, New Learning Tools | PressReleasePoint
Just opened this week is the new Applied Scholastics Academy San Marcos at the historic Old Richland Schoolhouse.
San Marcos, California, August 13, 2008 (PressReleasePoint)
--This pre-K through 8th grade private school combines a traditional stress on the basics with a 21st century approach, according to its Executive Director, Mrs. Michelle Hillyer.
The school, currently offering its summer camp, still has openings for both this and its fall enrollment. It has small class sizes, which Mrs. Hillyer says enable teachers to provide individualized attention so the children can progress at their own pace. Parents can take advantage of a free drop-in Visitor Day by calling 760-752-1887.
The unique approach to education strives to ensure that all students are equipped with the proper tools for learning and study, based on Study Technology, developed by author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard.
Mrs. Hillyer explains the use of Study Technology, stating: “Not only does this approach enhance the phonics-based Applied Scholastics reading program and attention to the 3Rs, but also involves good dictionary practice and research skills that provide children with the ability to discover and learn for themselves. These are very important steps in helping children become self-learners who can succeed in life.”
Mrs. Hillyer quotes a study done by Johnson O''Connor on vice presidents of United States corporations, “The single common factor in their success was a large vocabulary and a precise understanding of the words they knew.” Mrs. Hillyer and her faculty and staff are striving to provide each child with this same advantage by teaching study skills along with other key subjects for this modern world – computers, earth and space sciences, music and the arts.
Hubbard developed Study Technology in response to the lowering literacy levels of adults in the late 20th century, publicized broadly by the NALS survey showing 44 million America adults were missing the basic literacy skills to hold a job. Hubbard wrote as early as 1976 when significant drops in SAT scores were already signaling the onset of a decline in America''s lead in education, “It is of vital importance that the quality of education be revitalized and improved. As Man is as able as he can learn and know, it is urgent that a workable learning technology is available to him." Applied Scholastics, a non-profit organization, took on the task of making Study Technology available to educators and schools across the world so that children were armed with the tools of how to learn. Now, Applied Scholastics Academy San Marcos, one of 5 new academies in Southern California and part of a network of over 750 educational institutions around the world, is bringing this approach to San Marcos and surrounding communities.
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