Students entering middle school are going to be encountering much harder work than they did in elementary school. They are now also expected to work much more independently. It is crucial that middle school students develop proper learning habits and a strong work ethic before they get overwhelmed. Each year, school students are placed in tracks according to their academic performance the previous year. Students without good study habits may fall behind and get placed in a lower track than they should be. If students work hard, they can be placed in a higher, more appropriate track the following year. If students are already in the appropriate track, they need to maintain their high level of performance. If students do not do anything to ensure they are in the proper track at this point in their education, they will not get the most from their high school opportunities and the rest of their education will suffer. They will not get the level of instruction and education they deserve and are capable of achieving. Accel Academy's Enrichment Programs serve the triple purpose of building on the basics taught by the schools, filling in the gaps schools leave, and providing the foundation for students to take the next step to higher achievement. It is also very important that parents take an active roll in their children¡¯s education and stay abreast of their progress. Accel works with parents and students to synthesize a healthy parent-teacher-student relationship and learning experience.
The Enrichment Program is offered three semesters per year: fall, spring, and summer. The fall and spring semesters run for sixteen weeks with classes offered once a week either on Saturdays or after school on weekdays. The summer semester runs for eight weeks, with students coming twice a week. Math and English classes each run for two and a half hours. Students have the option of enrolling in one or both subjects.
The English Enrichment Program for grades 6 through 8 focuses on helping students gain confidence in English through reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction works from various genres that students are likely to encounter in their regular classrooms. We create and constantly update our reading lists from a combination of traditional required school readings, Newbery Award lists, and student interest. Students also develop and use strong vocabulary skills and essential grammar, often in more depth than they do in school. Intermediate English classes focus on developing necessary composition skills through writing journals, creative essays and informational reports. In addition, the fundamentals of good study skills necessary to success in high school are introduced.
Intermediate math skills such as numerical concepts, operations, applications, basic algebra and some geometry are taught. These programs are especially beneficial for students who want to keep up with or stay ahead in their school classes.
Accel¡¯s Enrichment Program¡¯s goals are to foster a love of learning and promote a sense of self-confidence that will allow students to achieve as much as possible.