What is being called for in schools all across the globe is well-prepared teachers working with standards, curriculum and assessments geared toward 21st century learning goals that provide equitable access for students, high parent involvement and includes individualized instruction and mentorship for each student.
These needs are particularly true for those curricula that can balance mastery of basic academic skills with competence in the arts, social, emotional and group skills, technology, creative thinking, invention, innovation and imagination.
In an increasingly interconnected and global “flat” world, success for our students demands abilities, knowledge, and skills that go beyond mastery of the basics. Being able to understand and recall important information, the ability to understand basic mathematical ideas and to be able to compute, and the ability to write, read and comprehend the written word, while all important, are not sufficient for successful participation in this ever-changing world.
Students must learn how to think creatively, critically and self-reflectively, as well as to adapt flexibly to changing situations, to collaborate with others, and to detect patterns, synthesize information creatively and be able to imaginatively see multiple alternative possibilities to any particular problem.
It is clear now to all involved in education that the mastery of basic skills such as reading, writing and computing at grade level as assessed by standardized tests is necessary but not sufficient for a high school or college graduate to be prepared to succeed in the job market as it is currently evolving.
To prepare students for success, CTL Academy emphasizes inquiry-based and project-based learning, which allows students to delve deeply into course material, develop critical and creative thinking skills, work collaboratively and develop mastery in their own unique areas of interest. CTL Academy recognizes that each student possesses his or her own unique ways of learning and has different levels of skill, areas of giftedness and unique life-goals.
CTL Academy is committed to developing different types of literacy in all students: aesthetic, informational, intellectual, emotional, social, and ethical, all of which are essential to an educational process having the aim of providing students with a sense of personal purpose and the life-long learning skills for success in college, in any area of work, and for citizenship, locally and globally.
PreSchool / Pre Kindergarten
Our Pre Kindergarten program caters to children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. We run a developmental preschool program that allows children to develop social, emotional and cognitive skills through fun and engaging learning experiences. We do not believe in rote learning so we provide opportunities for children to learn through play, exploration, and stimulating experiences. The preschool day is balanced between indoor and outdoor learning experiences. Our preschool program is a very happy place for children.
Elementary and Middle School:
Our elementary school offers a balanced, rich and rigorous program where students ‘learn to read’ in early elementary grades (K-2) and ‘read to learn in the upper elementary grades (3-5). Students take four core academic subjects: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and History/ Social Studies. Additionally, we offer Art, Music, Physical Education, French and Technology. Our approach to teaching and learning is thematic and projects-based; and we provide learning opportunities for children to apply what they learn in real life and/or simulated situations.
Our high school program is a college preparatory program designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to gain admission into colleges of their choice. Students take the required courses to gain the credits to meet the United States high school graduation requirements. We help our students choose the right courses of study to facilitate their desired college pathways.
We offer opportunities for Middle and High School students to take online classes in one or more subjects. This provides opportunities for students to take have control over time, place and pacing of courses. Some of our students take online courses at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Keystone Onlineschool and K12 International Academy..