Voyagers Community School Classrooms

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Peer participation helps children learn!

The study of facts and figures is important, but it doesn't teach students to think on their own, nor does it help them learn how to learn.

To prepare students for success, Voyagers’ emphasizes project-based learning. This methodology allows students to dig deep into course material and merge it with their own interests.

Working on projects can help students:

  • gain more insight into the topic they’re studying
  • connect new knowledge to what they already know
  • learn how work together with their peers
  • adopt a positive work ethic
  • increase their knowledge and gain skills
  • gain confidence in their ability to find solutions
  • learn to analyze and evaluate
  • strengthen their will to participate

Project-based learning can help students become confident and experienced learners. This prepares them for college and whatever the world has to offer.

Our students stand out in a crowd. Their confidence and self-assurance feeds their desire to reach their academic goals.

They quickly develop a sense of pride and honor that sets them apart as leaders and responsible citizens.

Academic Structure

Each academic course is clearly separated into five sessions.

Students choose sessions from a broad list of curricula within each subject and from an extensive list of electives. Each session runs from eight to ten weeks.

Voyagers’ students are organized by home bases. Each home base is made up of as many as three grade levels and a peer group of approximately 15 students.

Some classes involve a greater mix of age groups but remain similar in size. Student to teacher ratio changes depending on the course, ranging from one to four teachers.

Also, professors from surrounding colleges will join the classroom, offering lectures and projects.

School-Wide Literacy

Fundamentals

Our focus on communication skills, built through strengthening reading and writing fundamentals, helps students learn to express complex thoughts.

Students are inspired to become independent readers and writers through exposure to a wide variety of topics and conversations.

Literary Analysis

Students can participate in book clubs. They learn how to analyze each book. They discuss:

  • what motivates the characters
  • how the plot develops
  • the book’s setting and
  • the author’s writing style

As they learn more, students display their knowledge by engaging in plays, debates and panel discussions. All throughout their school years, students are encouraged to think of themselves as authors...as people who have something to say.

We support each student as they develop their unique voice, whether they’re writing an essay, memoir or journaling.

Younger Students

Teachers encourage our youngest students to draw their stories.

They also take dictation to help students create stories until they are able to write their own thoughts clearly.

Older Students

In middle and upper school, students develop their writing through research, class work and peer and teacher review. Students develop a strong voice and learn to create a compelling original story in both fiction and nonfiction writing.

Over time, each student compiles an anthology of original poetry, memoir, fantasy, realistic fiction and research papers. Voyagers’ students eventually prepare position papers, theses, and literary publications.

Science

Children are encouraged to feel, smell, look, listen and even taste.

Hands-on experience is very important. Students will experience science in both a natural and laboratory setting.

The four basic goals of the science program are the:

  • improvement of general thinking skills
  • practice of scientific inquiry
  • teaching of specific concepts and facts and
  • coordination of the science program with other curricula

Math Objectives

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Math is in everything we do!

Each child entering Voyagers’ is evaluated for math placement.

Students then move through math instruction at their own pace.

They receive support from:

  • a teacher
  • through peers and
  • self-teaching

Students discover that math is in everything we do. They see it when they’re:

  • cooking
  • building
  • reading
  • playing games
  • engaging in science experiments and
  • studying maps

As the student advances their math skills, they prepare for the advanced concepts presented in middle and upper school.

They’ll study:

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Business math

Upper school students will use math as they learn life skills such as:

  • budgeting
  • investing
  • banking
  • developing trip itineraries

Global Studies

When studying history and current events, students will learn how we got to where we are as a society.

We consider how people, institutions, and societies behave and interact with one another. We also carefully consider how we affect each other culturally, environmentally, politically, financially and morally.

Children work together to ask and answer questions. They conduct research, and re-examine their learning through the arts and sciences.

Foreign Language

Most of Voyagers’ students study Spanish while others learn French and Latin.

Lessons and instruction help children to become comfortable with speaking the language well.

They build their vocabulary and grammar understanding through:

  • cooperative learning
  • critical reading
  • modeling
  • role-playing
  • units of study that include relevant, real-life situations

Students create projects that show their ability to understand and speak Spanish.

Art & Creative Curriculum

Each and every classroom has an art studio that's stocked with a variety of supplies and tools for both fine arts and crafting. Voyagers students experience the benefit of working with authentic, quality paints, brushes and papers.

Art in the digital age is very present at Voyagers. High-quality video cameras, still cameras, and tablets are available for each child. All digital work is recorded and edited using Apple desktops, laptops, and iPads.

Woodworking supplies range from hand to power tools. Students learn responsibility and gain confidence from working hard at their craft. Not to mention the thrill of finishing a piece of furniture or unique craft.

Children learn about art techniques, art history and the work of both classic and contemporary artists from all walks of life.

The language of art is incorporated in all areas of study, from art class to electives to the core curriculum.

Artistic expression is all around us and we understand that it is powerful and essential to human development.

Children use paint, pastels, clay, recycled materials, wire, wood, and whatever their artistic minds can find. Our Organization Department collects, sorts and distributes a variety of reusable materials to each classroom.

Music Program

Voyagers offers a wide exposure to music and musical study. Students may register for instruction in voice, guitar, steel drum, piano, and musical theater.

Our collection of instruments includes:

  • electric
  • acoustic and bass guitars
  • an upright piano
  • four keyboards and
  • a complete drum set.
  • 12 steel drums
  • a set of handbells and
  • several recorders

Choice Of Electives At Voyagers'

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We have many Electives to choose from!

Each student is encouraged to pursue their personal interests. Electives offered include:

  • painting
  • music
  • dance
  • science
  • woodworking and construction
  • jewelry making
  • sculpture
  • drawing
  • architectural design
  • drama
  • robotics and so much more

In addition to our teachers, children are guided by experts who are passionate and generous in their areas of expertise. They can be local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students.

Library Access & Research Help

A major resource for children’s pleasure and research, our library contains over 4,500 titles. Children learn to browse and pick books appropriate to their reading level and interest.

Children are encouraged to pursue works of their favorite authors and genres. Over time, short fiction gives way to full-length novels, nonfiction, and poetry.

As children grow and their needs expand, their research becomes more complex. The library becomes a natural extension of their studies.

Physical Education

An hour each day is devoted to exercise. The children are outside unless the weather is extreme. They build, climb trees, catch bugs and work in the garden.

Often, they organize a football or basketball game or play capture the flag.

The Family Game is a Voyagers’ specialty that often attracts the entire community, students and staff, alike.

Frequently, a student serves as a physical education leader. In addition to Physical Education class, children are encouraged to explore the yard upon arrival to school and during extended care at the end of each day.