Lower School: Building the foundation for success.
For young children with learning differences, early intervention provides a strong foundation for long-term learning success. It also reduces frustration that can occur when a student’s needs are not addressed during the early grades. Our Lower School teachers are specially trained to provide evidence-based instruction using methods that incorporate knowledge about learning and the brain. This age group has the advantage of increased brain plasticity, which can be optimized with effective teaching. We provide young students a structured but nurturing environment that focuses on individual talents and strengths. This is a collaborative process. Our faculty works closely with families to build student confidence, organizational skills, social competency and academic success.
Lower School Students Enjoy:
- Kindergarten – 6th Grade
- Grade-level curriculum
- Intensive remediation in areas of individual need
- Field trips
- 8000+ volume library and book fairs
- Athletics teams including flag football, junior cheer, basketball, and track
- School clubs such as art, keyboarding, guitar and yoga
- Drama & dance classes, including performances of “The Aristocats” and “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”
- SMART Boards in all classrooms
- 1:1 Chromebooks in all classrooms
- Spacious play area with state of the art playground
- Student centered events including pep assemblies
Junior High: Turning transitional years into successful ones.
Our Junior High teachers are experts in the delicate art of balance. Recognizing that this age group is vulnerable to media and social pressures, they are experienced at guiding students through adolescence and their search for independence. Yet our teachers also provide necessary structure and boundaries. Our goal is to build confidence in the classroom so students make good decisions in the future. Junior High students get to participate in sports and extra curricular activities such as leadership, community service, social groups and sports. For students who require extra attention in specific learning areas, we offer on-site reading, speech and occupational therapy.
Science-based and research-based teaching. Grade-level curriculum.
Junior High serves students in grades seven and eight, and provides grade level curriculum based on Arizona State standards with intensive intervention and rigorous content level instruction. New Way teachers are trained to assess each child’s unique strengths and talents, and intensively remediate areas (reading, attention, comprehension) according to individual need. Classroom instruction is research-based utilizing methods that incorporate knowledge about learning and the brain. Teachers also work closely with families to build student organizational skills, social competency, independence and academic success.
What a junior high day looks like.
Students are assigned to a homeroom class of eight to twelve students according to age and social maturity. The school day is divided into morning homeroom, seven academic class periods and afternoon homeroom. A student’s prescribed schedule includes math, reading (core curriculum or reading therapy), writing instruction, social studies, science, art, physical education and music. Depending on individual needs, occupational and speech-language therapies might be included in the daily schedule at no extra fee.
Junior High Students Enjoy:
- Field trips
- Guest speakers
- 8,000+ volume library and book fairs
- Sports teams including flag football, cheer, basketball, cross country, soccer and track
- School Clubs: music, art, drama, yoga, keyboarding, guitar and fitness
- SMART Boards in all classrooms
- 1:1 Chromebook ratio
- Spacious outdoor areas
- Student-centered events including and spirit assemblies
- Not My Kid Presentations
High School: Academic rigor. Just not at the expense of a smile.
Culturally, our high school students experience rigorous academic learning and accountability, mixed in with a lot of fun. Our grade-level curriculum is designed to stimulate intellectual growth, teach problem solving, logical reasoning and build confidence for life beyond graduation. All teachers are trained to provide evidence-based instruction using effective, multisensory techniques. Each student is viewed as an individual with individual needs. Specialized tutoring is provided on campus – writing, speech and occupational therapy – for students with specific learning challenges. Our program also meets the criteria for the Department of Education graduation requirements. We care about the success and happiness of all our students, and we provide all the support and resources to help them achieve their goals.
High school should be fun. We make it fun.
We build an enriching, memorable high school experience by offering numerous extra-curricular activities such as school dances, student council, social clubs, competitive sports and community service opportunities. As academic skills are being polished in the classroom, social skills are being polished outside the classroom. Social interaction and engagement are integral to creating a positive high school experience. Don’t be surprised if your child genuinely looks forward to coming to school every day. That’s a part of the New Way difference!
A different plan of attack for every student.
The High School team of teachers really take the time to get to know each child and chart individual paths for future college or vocational success. At New Way, students learn to understand their own unique learning style and advocate for the accommodations and support they need. Students take courses required for high school graduation in Arizona. Students learn state of the art assistive technology to access grade level curriculum. College bound students select classes needed for college coursework and have access to online instruction. New Way partners with Maricopa Community College System to provide college coursework to our students during their senior year, under the supervision of our high school team.
High School Students Enjoy:
- The C.O.R.E. Program
- Electives including Digital Media, Yearbook and Production Design
- American Sign Language classes
- Clubs including the PBIS club and Student Ambassadors program
- Annual Upper School musical (past productions include Aladdin and The Wizard of Oz)
- Fine Arts program including Music, Art and Dance classes
- Field trips including out of state educational trips
- Guest speakers
- Multimedia Lab
- Sports teams that compete in the Canyon Athletic Association including football, basketball, cross country, swim, soccer, ultimate frisbee and baseball
- Student government
- SMART TVs in all classrooms
- 1:1 Chromebook Ratio
- Spacious outdoor areas, teen amphitheater and meeting spaces
- Student-centered events including prom, Homecoming Week, pep assemblies and community service activities
At my grandson’s birthday party, he read his own birthday cards. What a joy to watch. You gave him his only wish, the ability to read.
-New Way Grandparent