GMA Academy was established by a group of qualified, experienced teachers with a goal to create a day school that offers academic excellence rooted in outdoor, experiential education - where students learn by doing. This belief is the philosophy for all of our programs; as the students are engaged through inquiry-based exploration and effective classroom teaching, which leads to a growth mindset based on creativity, passion and dedication.
In order to achieve our goal we have borrowed from the best and most-relevant aspects of several teaching/learning pedagogy to create our unique, innovative curriculum, including:
By combining all of these innovative approaches to education, we have developed a hands-on approach to learning that engages a wide variety of learners and is relevant in today's changing world.
As a stepping stone from our Nature Preschool the Kindergarten class will continue to allow children to flourish by utilizing our vast forested areas as a platform for inspiring imagination, inquiry based learning, developing problem solving skills and children’s natural curiosity about the world around them. Using our network of trails, open spaces and natural play areas children will also have extensive opportunities to make links to the real world through literacy and mathematics.
Students enjoy a comprehensive curriculum that includes instruction in English Language, Math, Science & Technology, Social Studies, French, the Arts and Physical & Health Education. The heart of our academic approach is the belief that all students can achieve success and meet their learning goals with the proper support. A one-size-fits-all approach to learning does not serve the best interests of most students who approach their studies from various learning styles and preferences and at differing stages of skill development. To this end, we diversify our instructional approaches, the content of the learning and our assessment methods to create an overall approach that focuses on meeting the needs of each individual student.
Math - the Singaporean approach is followed due to its historical and continuing success as a program which equips students with a strong foundation in mathematics and high level logical thinking and critical problem solving skills. Math lessons focus on:
*CORE subjects are also included in our cross-curricular themes and outdoor education.
Maple Syrup - The sweet Canadian treat
Assessment of pupil's progress and learning
is continuous through Teacher Assessment. Alongside this, Assessment for
Learning ensures the provision of differentiated learning opportunities that
teachers are aware of each child's potential, and that next step targets can be
Reports are completed by the class and specialist subject teachers twice a year. These not only describe progress but also set targets for future learning. Twice a year we invite parents to meet their child's CORE teachers to discuss their child's education and development.
Learning Objectives are shared using the SeeSaw Ap, so that parents can see student work, learning and achievement as it happens.