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 The Mission of Uncharted Shores Academy

Uncharted Shores Academy believes education is a whole-world, life-long process which involves more than writing on a paper at a desk between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM in a school classroom.  The mission of Uncharted Shores Academy, therefore, is to promote an explorative learning environment which will enable students to become self-motivated, competent, lifelong learners. To accomplish this objective, Uncharted Shores Academy provides thematic, interactive, family-centered education implemented using hands-on activities, facilitated through teacher-developed resources, extended with individual student inquiry, and supported by parent participation in the education process.

Using the entire community as our classroom encourages our students to encounter real-world learning, gaining the ability to think critically, logically, and creatively. By providing a family-centered, parent- supported educational environment, we encourage students to gain positive values and character traits. By providing thematic, integrated subject education, we give our students the foundation to assimilate core concepts in order to gain proficiency in all subjects.

Parent's Role in Education

Parents are an integral part of the USA educational team, providing home instruction to extend their child's education. To facilitate the home study portion of the student’s educational day, parents are supplied with all the materials for accomplishing their home study activities.  Additionally, USA teachers offer educational support and training in curriculum and teaching methods.  Parental involvement in student activities, projects, contests, and field trips creates a continual environment of learning which enriches the child and enhances his ability to excel.

Teacher's Role in Education

The teacher's role is to offer thematic classes using creative learning methods and to be a resource for the homeschooling parent in lesson planning, choice of curriculum, teaching methods, and implementation of daily instruction.  Teachers will also maintain records of student progress in meeting state standards and document student evaluations.

Student's Role in Education

Student-initiated inquiry will be the major approach to education in Uncharted Shores Academy. Teachers will provide a framework of state standards for the students to meet, and parents will oversee the implementation of the home studies, but students will be encouraged to follow their own interests and aptitudes to present what they have learned. Students will have opportunities to present and display their work at various functions, such as young author's conferences, collaborative circles, and presentation fairs.

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