Preschool in Portland, OR 97210
2730 NW Vaughn St
Portland, OR 97210
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CLASS Academy was founded in 1995 by Teresa Cantlon. Her life-long passion for and commitment to children has driven her to develop a program that would reach all types of children’s emotional, social, and educational needs. The program is developed around a safe, caring, orderly environment and designed to develop in each child a love of learning. Civility and respect for self and others is the norm. Diversity is explored and celebrated every day.
The children are taught in an age blended environment where innovation, challenged thinking, multisensory learning and teamwork are promoted. They are individually challenged to proceed at THEIR optimum rate of learning. Studies have shown
children will live up to expectations, positive or negative. CLASS Academy holds high positive expectations for each student, teacher and parent and those expectations are met daily.
Ms. Cantlon’s years of experience have provided proof of her theory that all children, given equal opportunities at a very young age, can rise to a high level emotionally, socially and academically.
Children do not learn at the same time and pace. Chronological age is not the gauge for placing students into learning groups. They are placed into groups according to their emotional, social, and academic levels. Curriculum each year “spirals back” to meet all children’s learning styles and rates.
Groups are age-blended. Therefore, students can move successfully through their skill levels. Students are never frustrated, but slightly challenged in daily learning. They feel pride in accomplishment in their learning.
We work with each child’s developmental level of learning with a “hands-on” discovery approach. The curriculum includes math, science, reading, language arts, spelling, penmanship, art, and physical education. Between educational periods, CLASS
Academy utilizes “energizers” to help the children maintain concentration. Homework is given on a regular basis to reinforce learning that is in progress. It also helps to keep parents informed of current learning activities at school.
CLASS is an acronym for Cantlon’s Learning Academy for Spectacular Students. Ms. Cantlon believes that ALL students are special. Her program shows the students how special they are.
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Possibly the most prominent philosophy of the CLASS Academy program is the belief in age blended classes. This is done to fully meet each student’s emotional, social and academic needs. For example, a student might do very well academically but socially/emotionally he/she might need more time to develop. The pressure to perform academically can hinder his emotional/social growth and affect his self esteem. When he is placed in a group according to his needs, not his age, he performs at a higher level academically. The student’s self esteem is being elevated while emotional, social and academic needs are being met on an individual basis.