Setting Students up for Future Success
The top preparatory schools are based on the concept of providing students with the necessary tools to achieve success in all facets of life. This means that each graduate leaves with the ability to apply creative and analytical thinking to all situations, while also having a strong knowledge of technology and the ability to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
While many high schools focus on helping students achieve the grades they need in order to get into the university of their choice, few are dedicated to ensuring that the transition to university is as seamless as possible. All too often a large number high school graduates become overwhelmed with the new learning process and workload of post-secondary education. The adjustment period can take a toll on grade point averages, confidence and the emotional well-being of the student.
It is the goal and vision of a prep school to ensure that all graduates are prepared for the academic and life challenges that post-secondary schooling brings. By encouraging the development of well-rounded individuals with a superior capacity for learning, students go on to become successful in all future endeavors.
Technology in the Classroom
In response to the increasingly important role that technology plays in today's society, prep schools are integrating technology into the classroom so that students can develop a working knowledge of cutting-edge computers and other devices. With a strong understanding and comfort level with technology, students find that their range of university course options is wider, which translates into more job opportunities in the future.
Prep schools are committed to giving students every opportunity to master these tools and help them adapt accordingly to the rapid developments in the technological arena.
Learning by Doing
By adapting a "learning by doing” approach, prep schools encourage students to become actively engaged in their own education. Students who are forced to learn in a passive manner by listening to long lectures and taking notes have trouble retaining and applying important information in the long run. By giving students the chance to become involved in the learning process through group discussions, field trips, projects, activities and research, they will see school as a positive place where they are encouraged to be active and to grow.
This approach is best executed with smaller classroom sizes. Students at prep schools have the benefit of establishing one-on-one communication with their teachers, resulting in a stronger student-teacher relationship, due to the smaller class sizes. Students feel more inclined to participate in class discussions, ask questions and inform the teacher about where they may be struggling. A smaller group ensures that no student is just a face in the crowd. Teachers can effectively determine the strengths and weaknesses of each student and can help them overcome individual learning obstacles with one-on-one guidance.
By enrolling youth in prep schools, parents are guaranteeing that their children will have all the necessary tools required to achieve academic success in the future.