Many times you hear about new schools that use different methods than traditional schools. However, when taking a closer look to these methods, we realize that they do not have scientific support or proper pedagogical methods and techniques that confirm the validity of their teaching-learning processes. To speak of a non-traditional educational method, we must speak of educational theories that confirm what makes them different in comparison to traditional schools.
What is a charter school?
You may have already heard of charter schools near you. Charter schools are public institutions that use different models than those used by traditional schools. Unlike traditional schools, charter schools work with stimulating and rapid learning programs and curriculi for the development of critical thinking. This different approach leads students to become more involved in their teaching-learning process.
What makes a charter school different from a traditional school?
Traditional schools have seen students as passive people who must expect their teacher to tell them what to expect, what to learn, and how to think. In charter schools we follow the philosophy that the student is a person who must be involved in his/her learning process. That is why we offer different subjects and facilities that help students develop a series of skills, such as critical thinking, cooperation, etc. among these are the following:
- Creative and academic writing
- Music programs
- Yoga programs
- Science contests
- Extra-curricular workshops
- And more!
What are Charter schools based on?
Charter schools are based on pedagogical, psychological and social models of cooperative learning and the integration of all students into the teaching-learning process. Among some of the pedagogical and academic roots of our unique model we have the following.
- Theory of the zone of proximal development (ZPD) from the psychologist Lev Vygotsky.
- Theory of perceived self-efficacy from Albert Bandura.
- Hierarchy of needs from the psychologist Abraham Maslow.
In the same way, our methods allow a greater neuropsychological development in our students. Several scientific studies have found that students who are in contexts of greater stimulation have heavier brains equipped with greater neural networks than those who are not in such enriching contexts. It has also been found that people who are in schools with these types of programs have a higher percentage of probability of finishing their university studies.
Where can I find charter schools near me?
If you live in the Phoenix area and are looking for a nearby Charter school, you can contact us. In our Self Development Academy we have been recognized as one of the best K-8 Charter Schools nationwide. We have schools in Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, and Glendale. If you need more information, you can call the numbers (480) 641-2640 or (602) 274-1910. Our classes begin on September 19 under a distance teaching-mode. You can consult the plans of our campuses in our webpage.