Our Approach

  • How We Teach

Axon teachers are trained in specialized education and/or are mentored through constant communication, sharing of best practices and through ongoing professional development opportunities. Our faculty remediate and cultivate skills where needed, teach students how they learn best, how to ask questions and self-advocate, and how to organize and plan creating students with self-confidence and self-esteem. 

We work with our students in small, leveled classes in our elementary programs.  We use the most up to date, research-backed programs and tools in the education industry to give our students the best advantage for learning and retention. We adjust and modify those programs as needed to ensure proficiency in every student’s learning area. Teachers meet weekly to coordinate lessons and collaborate on teaching methods to ensure the needs of all learners.

Using brain-based learning, our school programs are rooted in the latest scientific research on how the brain learns, including how students learn differently as they age, grow, and mature socially, emotionally, and cognitively. We also add a little magic of our own to complement your child’s learning.

LEARNING PROFILES

When a student arrives at The Axon School, the administration and teachers create a Learning profile for that student. The Learning profile is a fluid document, which consists of the students’ outside evaluations (psychological evaluations, academic evaluations, etc.); parent’s input on their child; and the teacher’s input from the first couple of weeks of school. The learning profile consists of the student’s strengths and challenges with goals for each subject area as well as goals for their social and emotional well-being. The teachers update the learning profile throughout the school year as the child develops and progresses. The learning profile changes in order to reflect where the child is functioning at the time.

STUDENT SUCCESS

Students benefit from this research-based methodology to make gains where they are in all subject areas. For example, a student may be above grade level in mathematics and be placed accordingly, but may struggle with writing and need to be in a different grouping for that subject area. These groupings are fluid as our students develop their skills. Because Axon is a small school community, this also gives students and teachers the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with one another. 

Student Success teams meet frequently to discuss progress, strategies, and potential interventions.

STUDENT PORTFOLIOS

Every Axon Learner builds a personal portfolio maintained by their learning team throughout their time at Axon.

This portfolio contains work samples that document their academic progress across subject areas and provides evidence of growth areas of improvement.

TEACHER COLLABORATION

Teachers meet weekly to coordinate lessons and collaborate on teaching methods to ensure the needs of all learners are being met. This scheduled partnership among teachers strengthens communication and helps maintain consistency for behavioral and academic expectations.

BLENDED CLASSROOMS

A blended learning classroom utilizes technology alongside traditional teacher-based methodologies, enabling students to work independently at their individual levels and pacing during a portion of their classroom instruction. This provides a more personalized approach to learning where the students can have control over the pace and place of their learning. 

Alongside daily lessons in reading, we use adaptive technology to help gather data to better support each student. With Lexia RAPID Assessment, we are able to screen and monitor skills in reading and language, granting us information to apply to our instruction to guide students to success. Axon utilizes Reading Plus for the upper grades. This is a guided, silent reading supplementary intervention program. 

For mathematics, the adaptive learning program, I-Ready, has been implemented for all grade levels. The faculty continuously evaluates these programs recognizing the importance of being vigilant about the systems that they use to optimize value for the children.

Please note that we only use a fraction of time in front of the screen and more work is done using a hands-on, multi-sensory approach.

 

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

We utilized various technologies as we find that all students regardless of their abilities can be able to ‘learn to learn’ and thrive throughout their future academic career.

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION

Academic success is directly linked with the mastery of a wide range of skills that relies on the use of executive function. Axon focuses on the importance of supporting and teaching strategies in the areas of shifting, flexible thinking, planning, organizing, prioritizing, working memory, and self-monitoring.

The Axon School adopted an executive function curriculum called Research Institute for Learning and Development’s (ResearchILD) to aide teachers in implementing executive function skills in all areas of the student’s life, inside and outside of the classroom.