Many schools are so focused on test scores and not offending parents that they don't have enough time or inclination to encourage students to ask relevant questions in their studies. If school does not nurture students' natural curiosity and a "sense of problem" underlying subjects. The proverbial question, "Why do we have to study this?" deserves a better response than, "Because it's on the test." Some students may even need to take a break from their busy public school experience to get more personalized guidance.
The International Appalachian Academy (I.A.A.) offers tutoring at our facilities and at your home to create a space for more engaging studies. After-school and Saturday programs are the most common course for short-term, remedial guidance; but should leaving the local school system for a semester or two with more intense guidance be necessary, we can supplement the free state-funded on-line schools like k12.com (Georgia Virtual School and Georgia Cyber Academy). Whether you use an extra-curricular program or need a dedicated semester or school year, the I.A.A. can provide fresh perspectives and discipline through outdoor science activities and holistic subjects like world history, literature and essay-writing skills, and Japanese as a second language.
Typical schedule at the academy
(open house every second Saturday each month)
- 8-9:00am Build and tinker with reusable building materials and tools to make "something from nothing!" (This warm-up exercise may actually help you think more constructively in other studies too!)
- 9-10:30am Flora and Fauna: use international scientific protocols and observations of plants, animals, and birds to develop a study site right around your home and neighborhood with mapping techniques, binoculars, cameras, GPS-capable smartphones, My Maps, and Google Earth, ebird.org, inaturalist.org, and globe.gov. (Much of the data and observations collected form the basis for math and science lessons)
- 10:30am-12pm Garden-to-Table: help design and maintain a simple garden that produces vegetables year-round so you'll always have something to eat! (There is always a new challenge in the garden.)
- 1:30pm Earth and Sky program: learn to establish and collect daily and seasonal weather data around your home that can form a basis for more advanced scientific projects.
- 1:30-4:30pm River Science: conduct and analyze water chemistry and biology in the Etowah River using international protocols.
- 6-7pm The "3Rs," Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic: learn to better understand math intuitively through a hands-on approach to the math basics with a veteran Japanese math teacher
- 7-8:30pm Histories and Languages: Study different dimensions of history while learning Japanese as a second language.