Giving Back to Your School; Goal Scholarship

School of choice is a concept that has been in circulation for decades.  Learning, children, and paths to success for our children do not fit into a simple one-size-fits-all box, and while positive aspects of both public and private school abound, the need for alternative learning styles presents itself.  Individualized learning plans for proper growth in a child without restrictions has become a common factor of enrollment at Brenwood Academy.

As our private school begins to grow for grades K – 3rd (expanding to 5th) children with a wide varying range of skill sets can find a place to develop and work on their specific needs.   Our students range from Pre-k students able to write and read on a 2nd grade level, 2nd grade students practicing math concepts on 5th and 6th grade levels, and some are starting out several grades lower academically and are in need of more one-on-one time.  Imagine placing these children into a classroom environment that restricts them from meeting their full potential or cannot provide them with the individualized attention they need in a classroom size of 22 to 25.  Along with our proprietary curriculum centered around project based learning, our students can explore and engage in a learning style that gives them freedom to find their own path to success.

Private School scholarship options are available for families who may not financially be able to afford the full cost of private school tuition.   Brenwood Academy is an active participant in the GOAL Scholarship Program, which allows you as a parent to help support our enrolling families by applying for a 100% state income tax credit.   When you apply for your tax credit, your funds can be allocated towards private school tuition funding for your school of choice.  There is a cap on the funds that can be allocated to the GOAL Scholarship each year, which makes it critical for you to act now to request your tax credit.  You have the power to change a child by providing scholarship options for those children that may mean the difference between success in life and failure.

Please take a look at the GOAL Scholarship Fund website   Please make an appointment to speak with me directly for more information on how this program can work.  Brenwood is making a huge impact in the lives of children every day.  Every dollar you redirect towards private school scholarships will cost you absolutely nothing.  Imagine making such an impact completely free.  Please consider helping Brenwood Academy make this impact.

Engineering Design: Fairy Tale STEM Activities

STEM is a regular part of our day. This month our STEM focus will be on Engineering Design, while simultaneously learning about Fairy Tales and Simple Machines. It is fascinating to see the various solutions students achieve as they work through the engineering process.  Students are allowed to apply what they know and investigate potential ideas and concepts rather than be expected to focus upon a specific “right” answer.  STEM focuses on providing the opportunity for children to collaborate, create solutions, and finally test and improve their solutions using an Engineering Design Process.

One of my goals is for the students in our class to understand that it is socially acceptable to have different ideas on how to solve a problem, while learning the valuable skill of working cooperatively towards a solution. Currently, we are collaborating to create a new home for Cinderella.  Cinderella is a well known fairy tale. In this story, Cinderella’s fairy godmother solved a lot of her problems. However, now that she has married her Prince Charming, she is in dire need of a new home to call her own! Our students are generating and comparing multiple possible designs to solve her problem. Students will work in small groups, and must use what they know about free standing structures and pulleys to design and build a castle, They are required to  include very specific criteria… such as a working drawbridge, at least 3 towers, a perimeter of at least 36 inches, etc.  Skills and tools of problem solving, patience, perseverance, and presentation are going to be needed to help Cinderella solve her problem, so that she can live happily ever after.