I would like to thank the Herald-Review for its story regarding the re-opening of the Blackberry Seventh-day Adventist School. We are excited to once again provide this option to area families. I would just like to add a bit of depth regarding our curriculum that I failed to convey in my interview with the reporter.
The article mentioned that students can be taught the same lesson and given different assignments based on age. While multi-grade collaborative work is one of the strengths of the one-room school, this is only part of the picture.
A one-room school requires that the teacher juggle instruction time to meet the needs of all grade levels. Most of the basic subjects are taught at grade level to each student. A seventh-grade student doesn’t receive the same math or grammar lesson as a third grader, for instance. However, in subjects that lend themselves more easily to project-based learning, such as social studies, the teacher may combine certain parts of instruction on one topic to multiple grades at a time. Actual assignments and assessment would then vary by grade level. This might sound familiar to many homeschoolers or to anyone who remembers the traditional one-room public schools of the past.
As part of the second largest parochial education system worldwide, our comprehensive, teacher-directed, multi-grade elementary curriculum has been shown again and again as an exceptionally strong model for education. If any readers have more questions on our curriculum or the application process, please contact our board chair, Sula Lane, at 326-4750.
Blackberry Seventh-day Adventist School