Academics

Our students are on a path toward college and career. We have high expectations for our students and offer a high level of support to help children reach their full potential. We individualize learning based on on regular analysis of student progress throughout each school year. Global Preparatory Academy focuses on the young child and we work to build a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy. Students activities are designed to meet the unique learning needs of each student.

Core Subjects

These core subjects form the basis of our K–6 curriculum. Students receive 120 minutes of instruction in English Language Arts and 90 minutes of instruction in mathematics, science, and social studies each school day.

Language Arts

We help students develop vital communication skills, while inspiring a love of literature. Our young scholars learn phonics, grammar and comprehensions skills and prepare for reading through multi-sensory activities. Global Preparatory Academy students comprehend and analyze both fiction and non-fiction texts as early as kindergarten. The program emphasizes classic works, writing as a process, and the skills that will be tested when our students begin taking the state assessment when they enter third grade.

Math

We balance fundamental skills with critical thinking and problem solving. Our active approach ensures that students understand the realities that underlie mathematical concepts. Games and animations bring concepts to life, while challenge problems, regular practice, and review ensure mastery. We build from the concrete to the abstract as students move from basic skills toward algebra. Students learn by seeing mathematical concepts applied to the world around them.

Science

Our Science program uses hands-on experiments to support the systematic study of life, Earth, and the physical sciences. We nurture curiosity as students practice observation and analytical skills. Students learn how our understanding of the world is shaped by ongoing scientific and technological advances. Teachers provide regular opportunities for students to participate in experiments and projects that include opportunities to apply mathematics and technology through age appropriate activities.

Social Studies

With integrated topics in geography, civics, economics, and history, our Social Studies program opens young minds and imaginations to far-off lands, distant times, diverse cultures and their own community. We explore the history, geography and the relationships that exist in our community, nation and world.

Specialty Subjects

A truly well-rounded education must nourish the body and soul as well as the mind. We believe in the value of exposing children to the arts as well as to opportunities for exercise and physical competition.

Character Education

At Global Preparatory Academy, our character education program focuses on nine pillars of character: respect, responsibility, cooperation, compassion, good judgment, integrity, perseverance, and citizenship. Our priority at GPA is to teach and demonstrate character development that enhances self-discipline, self-esteem, and self-motivation. Our character education program is a team effort where staff, students, administration, and parents have roles, and responsibilities that ultimately improves school climate and strengthens student character.
September- Respect
October- Responsibility
November- Cooperation
December- Compassion
January- Good Judgment
February- Integrity
March- Perseverance
April- Courage
May- Citizenship

Global Learning Initiatives

Cultural Awareness including Race and Ethnicity: Commonality and Diversity

Students will identify common elements of cultures from around the world, including Social Organizations, Customs and Traditions, Languages, Arts and Literature, Religion, Forms of Government, Economic Systems, Food and Clothing, and Music and Dance. They will describe each element of culture, giving specific examples of each. Students will apply their knowledge of cultural elements to create a group research project, which illustrates the elements of culture from a specific country of choice. In addition, they will compare these elements of culture to their own through written articles, illustrations, charts, graphs, artifacts, and visual arts. Findings and projects will be displayed in the classroom and others will come to each class at specific times.
World Hunger/Poverty

The lack of physical or economic access to safe, nutritious and healthy food at all times leads to negative consequences for peoples and nations. Students will study what is meant by “poverty” and understand how poverty can lead to world hunger issues. They will dig even further and understand that even a small class can make a difference for a family in need by conducting community service projects.
Human Rights and Social Injustice

Social justice is defined as “… promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity.” It exists when “all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.” In conditions of social justice, people are “not be discriminated against, nor their welfare and well-being constrained or prejudiced on the basis of gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliations, age, race, belief, disability, location, social class, socioeconomic circumstances, or other characteristic of background or group membership” (Toowoomba Catholic Education, 2006). Students will learn how to foster a better understanding of diversity, prejudice and discrimination through their studies.
The Technocratic Revolution: Science/Technology/Communications

Many of the nations in the world are considered as technocratic while others are behind on the technological development game. The world we live in is increasingly dictated by technological advancements, and the nations of the world that cannot catch up with the latest technologies will fall seriously behind. The human development grows exponentially faster and technology plays a major role in governmental decisions, politics, and economics. Having students discuss both the pluses and minuses of the impact of science and technology on peoples’ lives worldwide is suggested. The communication cluster includes innovations, networking, freedom of use, the information revolution (access to, balanced flow, and censorship) and increasing speed coupled with decreasing costs.
Water

Today 1 billion people live without clean drinking water. Water effects everything, education, health and poverty. Many people have to walk for hours just to collect enough water for the day. Often, the water that they collect is contaminated with germs that can cause very serious illnesses or even death. Students will study the effects of not having enough clean drinking water to sustain life and what we can do about it.
Planet Management: Resources/Energy/Environment

As people of the world we need to be committed to protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land that supports and sustains us. From restoring ecosystems to protecting the treasured spaces that matter most to us, we need to come together to tackle the greatest environmental challenges. Students will explore ways they can contribute to protecting our planet.

Special Education

Global Preparatory Academy will use a Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses Process for the determination of a Specific Learning Disability for all grades.
Global Preparatory Academy services students with various disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Impairments, Cognitive Impairments, and Learning Disabilities. All students are seen depending on their specific needs either in the classroom or in a small group in the Learning Center.
We work with our special education students in an inclusive setting or in the least restrictive environment based on individual needs. As much as possible children are engaged in hands on activities!
Students will be seen on a daily basis to work on IEP goals and on classroom assignments. Assignments will be adjusted or modified as needed for each student to succeed. We work with each student on an individual basis to differentiate instruction so they can master key concepts. Students are also encouraged to come to tutoring held before or after school for additional support.
Students will be assessed for IEP goals at each quarter/report card. Assessments will be both informal (worksheets, learning games) and formal (Scantron, Brigance, Aimsweb).
You can download GPA’s Process for Determination of SLD below.
For further questions please contact us at 586-575-9500 or candicerosenbusch@choiceschools.com.
Click on this link to view details for: GPA Process for Determination of SLD

Tutoring

GPA offers tutoring to children in all grade levels, and in various subjects. Our teachers are here to make sure your child succeeds in school, and are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that happens. The goal of tutoring sessions is to fill in gaps that students missed in previous lessons, in hopes of getting/keeping all students at or above grade level. During tutoring, students also have time to ask a question about a problem on their homework before going home.
For more information, contact your child’s teacher
Mrs. Patouhas at mandypatouhas@choiceschools.com