Island AcademySchool starts early at The Island Academy of Hilton Head.  Classes don’t start until 9, but on any given day, you can find several students – elementary, middle school, and high school – working on projects, building in the Lego room, or just talking with teachers.  Even though some come early to accommodate parent schedules, they all will tell you that they like being here, that it feels like a family.

Make no mistake, The Island Academy has a rigorous curriculum, from kindergarten through 12th grade, including the same material covered in state-mandated programs.  The difference is that our lessons go beyond.  We like to say we teach “beyond” the test.  Speaking of tests, that’s not how we assess learning. We do prepare our high schoolers for the SAT and the ACT, and, on a daily basis, our students show our teachers – and each other – what they have learned through presentations, essays, building and art projects, and student-made videos.  Mastery comes in all sizes and shapes and there are many ways to show true understanding.

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A new school year has begun, and we are settling into our daily routines.  Your student is learning their place in school, with a new teacher, new routines, and new classroom procedures.  Sports and afterschool activities are getting underway. The hustle and bustle of a new school year can bring excitement!  Often, a new school year brings fear and anxiousness, particularly for those students who struggle in school.  

homeschoolingI recently ran into a friend who has it on her heart to homeschool.  I nearly lost it when I saw her--actually, I did cry. But she’s not quite ready to take the plunge, mainly because her husband is still a bit skeptical about what homeschooling entails.

I get it--I was there about a year and a half ago. And I doubted just about everything along the way. But we’re supposed to trust the process, right? And we are supposed to give it to God, right? 

TutoringWhile it is difficult to think about the upcoming school year in the heat of the summer, there should be a focus on early intervention and a little proactive planning when it comes to helping children outside of the classroom. Beaufort County has numerous options for supporting families and fostering student success. Here is a full list (don’t worry, you can always save this for August). 

April is designated as Autism Awareness Month.  Autism, or Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today. By comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome — combined.