Achievement Charter Academy is a North Carolina Public Charter School, based in Fuquay-Varina and northern Harnett/southern Wake County and serving students in grades kindergarten through grade 5. One significant difference between the educational model at ACA and traditional schools is our Multi-Age Classrooms. Numerous academic research studies have validated the significant benefits of multi-age classrooms. We invite you to learn more and to follow up for more information and answers to any questions you may have.
Benefits of Multi-Age Classrooms
One significant difference between the educational model at ACA and traditional schools is the multi-age learning classroom. Classrooms are composed of students who differ by one grade level, which creates a mix of ideas and abilities.
Strong Student/Teacher Relationships:
Students remain in a given classroom for more than one year which fosters a closer relationship with the teacher. This allows the teacher to develop a deeper understanding of a child’s strengths and needs. Thus, the teacher is more capable of guiding and supporting the students. Building a relationship based on trust and respect provides the students an environment conducive to cooperative learning
Learning experiences are personalized so each student can reach his or her full potential. Teachers meet the students where they are, and students learn at their own pace. Students take responsibility for their own learning and this self-direction helps students discover that learning is meaningful and adds value to their lives.
Peer Mentoring/Cooperative Learning:
The multi-age classroom uses peer mentoring and cooperative learning to improve competence and create learning families. Younger students look to older students for assistance which leads to younger students accomplishing assignments they may not have been able to complete on their own. The benefit to older students mentoring younger students is increased independence, self-confidence, and competence. Cooperative learning also builds relationships; therefore, decreases bullying behavior and increases the positive school culture comprised of a family of learners who support and care for one another.
Social-Emotional Learning Opportunities:
A varied level of maturity and development offers students more opportunities to gain social-emotional skills. Older students learn patience, tolerance, self-confidence, and nurturing while younger students overcome shyness, become more confident, and understand how to appropriately meet their needs.
We’re eager to tell you more about Achievement Charter Academy and to explore the possibilities of your child becoming part of the ACA academic family. To find out more about Achievement Charter Academy or to schedule an on-campus tour, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 919-552-5446, or by filling out our online contact form.