At Heritage Academy, we strive to ensure that our student’s minds are consistently challenged. We believe our minds are not fixed but able to grow and change through learning, practice, and hard work. This growth mindset is facilitated through a rigorous yet inviting curriculum that is well planned but driven by learning styles, vigorous effort, and exciting successes. Students are challenged to think, work, and grow to a higher level each day making new connections and building their skills and understanding. This results in the development of critically creative thinking and problem-solving skills as students are challenged to persist through challenging academic tasks, connect prior knowledge with new learning, ask more questions, and discover new information.
How do we define “rigorous”?
“Rigor,” in the academic sense, is referring to that fine line between challenging and frustrating a student. It means that students are challenged to think, perform, and grow to a level that they were not at previously. It means that students must work, like an athlete at a team practice, to build their skills, understanding, and thinking power so that they can achieve at higher and higher levels. It means that the standards of the course are calibrated so that students are compelled to grow, but are not frustrated and overwhelmed in the process. Teachers at Heritage Academy watch and work to help students navigate this fine line.