VPAC Educational Model VPAC Kijana (adolescent)
Approach for Middle School 6th-8th Grade Watoto's.
VPAC Kijana begins to provide access to students to embrace technology and training for future jobs preparation with knowledge regarding technical, practical, and academic skills which will help them succeed and prepare them for the future workforce, that is not fully developed.
Our unique curriculum provides our students with elements that will make learning fun and engaging. VPAC Kijana, students guide the learning process by completing, participating, and launching diverse artistic and scientific projects.
Students progress at their own pace regarding academic skills while being supported by their teachers and the community.
At VPAC Kijana the teachers support the transition into middle school in 6th grade and then stay with the same group of students for 7th and 8th grade provides students and teachers the great opportunity to create an atmosphere of trust and love through the years they are together. VPAC Kijana will be familiar with the looping model and will sustain VPAC culture.
During their middle school years, students explore, in-depth, different art disciplines, diverse sports, and different aspects of practical life while advancing their understanding of sustainability, nature, and the environment as well as participating in activities supporting the community.
The VPAC Middle School student will focus on, 21st Century Skills that incorporates skills break down into 13 main capabilities:
A day at VPAC Kijana
During the day at VPAC Kijana, students and teachers will uphold a consistent schedule that supports and nurtures adequate time for natural learning to continue while meeting the academic expectations and project-based learning to catapult and prepare students for success.
Teachers will instruct the academic core curriculum to meet and exceed standards through project-based student demonstration. The academic subjects of math, science, social studies, and ELA are designed to ensure that all students can compete in the world with their peers. Teachers plan their lessons around the subject. All of the academics are integrated into all of the "A" Project subjects. Every quarter students will be exploring the beginner stages of every "A" Project.
In 6th grade, students will be introduced to a schedule that allows exposure and access to Academics, Arts, Athletics, Applied Science, and Agape. They will be supported in transition from Primary School to Middle School. This is the only grade that does not have teachers looping up with them. This is to provide the best support for brain and socio-emotional development.
From 7th and 8th grade, students will be focused on preparing to declare a major in High School. Teachers will encourage students to continue to explore what they are interested in. Every student will have access to every subject by the completion of the first semester in 8th grade. The last two quarters of 8th grade students will concentrate on what they believe their major will be in high school.