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Benefit of a Private School Education: Part 1

In the weeks leading up to National School Choice Week, the Gordon School blog will contain informative content about the benefits of receiving a private school education. It is important to invest in a child’s future as they become leaders in our global society. 

A major benefit to attending a private school is the curriculum offered. Private schools have the liberty of creating curriculum with meaningful academics and activities. This is possible because the Florida Department of Education does not regulate private schools and instead some schools choose accrediting organizations that align with their philosophies. The accrediting agency does not set specific standards for curriculum and instead focuses on the quality of education the students receive in the classrooms. There are national, regional, secular, and religious agencies with various requirements and it is a lengthy, rigorous process to receive and maintain accreditation. Private schools can incorporate a curriculum different than their governed state. 

At the Gordon School, our curriculum incorporates meaningful experiences. Our Early Childhood Center, 12 months to Pre-Kindergarten, lies on the integration of Reggio Emilia inspired learning blended with Jewish traditions and values. Every morning students arrive into the classroom with meaningful centers ready to learn. Upon all students’ arrival, the class holds a morning meeting where the children discuss how their day has started, and what they look forward to that day. The students follow a flexible schedule to include proposals, purposeful centers, snack, recess, lunch, specials and individualized and group learning. These specials include Music with Mr. Daniel, Art with Ms. Becky and Physical Education with Coach Mike – activities all the students love! Our urban campus includes an extensive playground surrounded by oak trees and picnic tables. This setting allows students to learn beyond the classroom and brings the lessons to life by making connections to their surroundings. The students’ classroom is spacious, vibrant and dynamic, constantly reflecting the main idea of the activity and the learning they are working on. Our Spanish Immersion program is implemented during afternoon studies. Student work is displayed throughout the classroom for them to track their learning and their progress. This serves as an evaluation tool for the teachers. This also allows for the teachers to develop student skills when necessary and expand on skills they mastered. The student to teacher and student to student bonds are developed and cherished throughout the day. 

 The Gordon School Day School (Kindergarten through 5th Grade) students engage in innovative, rigorous and inquiry-driven instruction led by our highly qualified teachers that inspire a love of learning. Our curriculum is enriched with Physical Education, Music, Art, Spanish, robotics and an up-to-date STEAM lab. Students develop Hebrew language skills and learn about Jewish traditions, customs and holiday celebrations. Each classroom is designed to allow the students to achieve their highest potential. Desks and tables are set up in groups for differentiation and individualized learning. In all classrooms flexible seating is available giving the students an opportunity to choose how they learn comfortably. All teachers are trained in blended learning because we recognize the importance of safe technology use and a curriculum on a pace best suited for the student. Each classroom is equipped with a Smartboard, Chromebooks and Google Classroom. Our class size is small and instruction is rigorous. The students learn both Hebrew and Spanish which allows improvement in memory and critical thinking. Our STEAM lab uses different modalities to teach robotics, coding and natural sciences giving our students an edge when applying to their middle school of choice. The Gordon School recognizes the importance of molding lifelong learners. 

In 2010, The Tikvah Center  was founded to fill an important need in the community. The Tikvah Center is designed for children on the Autism Spectrum from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Students receive an individualized curriculum adapted to their needs. The small class size and 3:1 student to teacher ratio allows students to reach their maximum potential. The unique setting at the Gordon School allows inclusion with Day School peers throughout the day. 

The Gordon School boasts many accreditations including Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF), Southern Association of Colleges and School/Council on Accreditation on School Improvements (SACS/CASI), Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) and National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA). Also, the Early Childhood Center is licensed by The Department of Children and Families.

Re-Enrollment ends on Friday, January 17th for current students. All documents must be completed and delivered to Accounting by the 17th of January in order to receive the incentive of current school year’s tuition. We look forward to welcoming all of you to the next school year!

Interested in seeing our campus and learning more about the program? Make an appointment via email at admissions@gordonschoolmiami.org or via phone at 305.854.3282 ext 242. 

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