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In the world of education, getting a leg up is something all parents want for their children. For some, the public school environment isn’t always the best option for the K-12 educational pursuit. Cedar Crest Academy and Early Childhood Center is an excellent option just down the road in scenic Clarkston.
Bette Moen founded the academy in 1984 and believes students love the challenge in learning. Cedar Crest Academy sits on 15 acres of wetland including prairie fern and coniferous forest. Bridge Lake is a laboratory for biological and environmental studies. Extensive learning takes place within the classroom for conservation and sustainability of the natural world. The campus boasts early childhood and JK-8 classrooms, a gymnasium and art, music and fitness studios. You will also find library and language laboratories on site.
Offering accelerated and individualized learning for students with a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio, Cedar Crest Academy pairs expert teachers and technology with instruction in world language, mathematics, sciences, language arts, music, art and physical education. Learning with academic curriculum and the humanities are the foundation for problem solving, creativity and lifelong learning.
Technology is used in every class with SMART Boards, laptops, digital textbooks and online instruction. Technology curriculum is used in extracurricular clubs, current events, robotics, ancillary studies, French/Spanish and Chinese cultural exchanges and both visual and performing arts.
The academy uses the curriculum of Howard Gardner and his theory of multiple intelligences, rather than intelligence based upon singular ability. Gardner proposed eight abilities to reflect these intelligences:
According to Cedar Crest Academy communications manager Jennifer Peak, after completing the academy, which is for early childhood through the eighth grade, students continue their education in either private or public high schools.
“Most importantly, they learn two to three grade levels above the current norm, with confidence and the expectation that there is much more to learn and experience in our world.”
– Jennifer Peak –
“Cedar Crest students are capable and confident in both private and public high schools. Most enter high school prepared for advanced coursework in mathematics, science, English and world languages. Their academic confidence and self-esteem support this success,” Peak states.
At the academy, subject areas are sometimes mixed to accommodate each child’s achievement and motivation level. At each level, a compelling and complex curriculum is followed to encourage students to ask questions and become internally motivated to succeed.
“Most importantly, they learn two to three grade levels above the current norm, with confidence and the expectation that there is much more to learn and experience in our world,” Peak says.