EducationIndividualized learning at MSA

Individualized learning at MSA

In a world of over 7 billion humans, no two people are exactly alike. We each have unique skills, preferences, perspectives and styles of learning. With this in mind, why should we accept a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to education?

At MSA, the simple answer is that we must not. Instead, MSA promotes individualized, child-centric learning.

Beginning with the Early Learning Program (ELP), MSA allows children’s interests and discoveries to propel the curriculum. By posing open-ended, thought-provoking questions, teachers challenge the students to generate their own ideas and theories.

MSA incorporates the Reggio Emilia approach into students’ learning from ELP to Grade 5. Reggio Emilia is an educational philosophy that views children as humans who possess strong potential for development and who learn and grow in their relationship with others. This nurturing, child-centric approach encourages expression, investigation, exploration, and reflection. The Reggio Emilia guiding principles focus on the whole child and empower students to foster a lifelong love of learning.

At all grade levels, MSA incorporates Kagan Cooperative Learning to teach small groups of students to work together in the classroom, increasing student engagement and motivation. While collaborating with their peers and building a supportive classroom community, students pay attention and retain more information as active participants in their learning. 

Throughout elementary, middle and high school, MSA offers the internationally acclaimed Alberta Curriculum. Students engage in an inquiry-based, collaborative, interactive method of learning that has been recognized as one of the best learning systems in the world. MSA students graduate with the Alberta High School Diploma, on par with International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs.

At each stage of learning, MSA provides individualized support for its students. Diverse Learning Teachers work collaboratively with students to provide enrichment opportunities or additional learning support to meet student educational goals.

The real MSA difference, however, is the focus on the child beyond academic achievement. MSA prides itself on providing a safe, stimulating environment that champions the importance of community, kindness, compassion, health, balance, and faith.

To learn more about the unique, child-focused learning opportunities at MSA, please call 292-4134 or visit www.msa.bm

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