The mission of Uncharted Shores Academy is to promote a learning environment which will enable students to succeed as productive, contributing members to our society. We believe that if our students can learn to be Respectful, Responsible, and Resourceful, they will be prepared to succeed as adults and be assets to our society.
To accomplish this mission, USA offers restorative justice, individual accountability, and an educational program which allows students, teachers, and parents to partner together to assist in the development of these desired character traits.
Standards-based subject matter is taught by the family at home or in family-size, multi-age groups in classes taught by credentialed teachers at school. Students who show by their effort and behavior that they can benefit from onsite classes are invited to participate in cooperative learning groups on campus. Parents are provided with resources to continue the student’s education at home and in the community. All lessons incorporate character training as a primary objective, similar to the parenting objectives which families stress at home.
Students enrolled in the Onshore program (full day in classes onsite at school) may complete projects as a cooperative group rather than individually. This family-style atmosphere, with students taught by the same group of teachers over a period of years, allows instructors to nurture and mentor students in building positive relationships and desirable character traits. Students also serve as role models to peers as they practice leadership roles and teamwork in this cooperative learning environment. Furthermore, families are involved in the education process as a whole, with the parents continuing both academic learning and character education at home and in the community.