CAN A CHILD WHO IS AN AVERAGE LEARNER THRIVE AT YOUR SCHOOL?
Many parents are impressed by the academic skills they see in Geneva Academy students, but then begin to wonder if their own son or daughter will be able to handle the academic load. Their child might be slow to complete work in their current school, or not very interested in reading, or not enthusiastic about school at all. How then would they do at Geneva?
There are two considerations, though the answer depends mostly on the parents! Many students do enter behind in academic skills, yet catch up if one or both parents is committed to helping the child at home. This includes making school work a family priority. The second consideration is the school itself. The teachers, the interesting subjects, the loving atmosphere, the small class sizes – all work to make learning more interesting and achievable.
With spirited teaching at school, and parental assistance at home, children who were “average” will begin to love learning and will thrive. The process may take some time, but it happens often at Geneva.
WHY IS THERE A UNIFORM?
Most classical and Christian schools have dress codes that include school uniforms. Geneva Academy has also found uniforms to be helpful with the creation of a learning environment and distinct school culture. Uniforms diminish competition among students and provide a buffer between popular culture and academics. Adhering to a uniform policy gives students practice in discipline, responsibility and school protocol. The students’ uniform reminds them daily that they represent their school and are part of a culture where learning is important. To decrease uniform expenses a uniform exchange is held at the school twice a year. For detailed information please see the school’s dress code policy.
DO THE STUDENTS HAVE TOO MUCH HOMEWORK?
Geneva strives to have all students realize their learning potential within an environment that is challenging but not overwhelming. Students transferring in from other schools usually have an adjustment period during which they adapt to the pace of Geneva’s classrooms and “catch up” on what was not taught at their previous school. This adjustment period often includes homework. In general, grammar students will be able to complete their daily work at school, with limited homework for tests and special projects.
The upper grades of Geneva naturally require that more time be spent on schoolwork outside of class. Geneva recognizes that family time is important and students in all grades have multiple interests outside of school, consequently teachers are asked to carefully observe Geneva’s homework policy guidelines. For more information please see Geneva’s homework policy.
DO STUDENTS HAVE TO SIT AT THEIR DESK ALL DAY? ARE MY KIDS HAVING ANY FUN?
Geneva’s Grammar students have three recesses daily, each lasting fifteen to twenty minutes. All students also enjoy a physical education class twice a week. This class includes general fitness and a variety of sports instruction for grades 1-6 and sessions at Roseburg Cross Fit for grades 7-10.
Classical learning is by nature very active and hands on. From jumping out math facts to an arm waving history chant, students find the classical style of learning enjoyable and engaging. Especially at the grammar level, history, science, literature, Bible, and often other subjects, are taught in ways that make the area of study come alive to students. Examples are the fifth and sixth grade Night at the Museum, first and second grade Greek and Roman Days, lower grammar Dr. Seuss Week, kindergarten chick and duckling hatching, and the bi-annual Geneva Science Fair. Ask any Geneva student what they like about school and you will find ready answers about friendships, special teachers, field trips, and favorite subjects.
DO YOU THINK ALL STUDENTS CAN MEET YOUR BEHAVIOR STANDARDS?
Yes, we think all students can meet our behavior standards. Ultimately these standards rest on Biblical principles (respect for authority, honesty, love for others, humility, servant leadership, guarding the tongue, etc.) and God does not exempt His people from His standards.