Adaptive learning in a small multilevel classroom open to inquiry and project-based learning guided by the foundation of classical education.
SALT’s method allows for continuous progress. Students here do not need to spend time on concepts and skills they have already mastered. We provide students with stability through the ongoing relationships with instructors and minimize competition because students recognize and accept that each one is in a different place in their learning. By providing instruction to small groups at a time, the students become a tight community developing relationships of trust.
We are guided by the three parts (“trivium”) of a classical education which concentrate on the liberal arts to match students’ cognitive development, and teach grammar, logic, and rhetoric so that students first gain knowledge, then understanding, and finally wisdom in accordance with their maturing abilities.
Grammar (Grades K – 5)
Provides students with the necessary tools and facts of learning in a variety of subjects such as history, science, math, grammar, and reading. The foundational building blocks of learning while their minds are most receptive to memorization and observation are exploited during this stage.
Logic (Grades 6 – 9)
In this stage, our students take the mastered information from the Grammar Stage and bring it into ordered relationships. They begin to apply logic to assess the validity of arguments and learn to view information critically with a more discerning mind. This stage of dialectic learning takes advantage of a student’s need to know how and why in addition to what.
Rhetoric (Grades 10 – 12)
Students learn to articulate eloquently and persuasively, and to use the tools of knowledge and understanding acquired in the earlier stages. This is the point at which the strength of a classical education is made fully visible.
Our teachers are trained to use the Orton Gillingham approach, the oldest and best research for teaching those with dyslexia. We follow explicit, intensive and multi-sensory methods along with systematic and direct instruction in phonemic awareness, fluency and spelling rules.
Instruction is given in painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, photography, sculpture and more. Art History connections to the Master’s are explored in this program.
Our robotics program gives kids grades K through 8 the opportunity to embark on an adventurous challenge to build and program LEGO robots and compete in local robotic competitions. As students master the LEGO education products, they continue by building electronics prototyping skills.
Experiential Learning & Volunteer Program
Experiential learning trips at SALT are dedicated to the arts, the environment and STEM related activities. Career opportunities are also set up throughout the year to give students a more immersed experience.
Establishing volunteer opportunities in our community is an essential link in stimulating engagement and deepening the connection between our students and our community. This is an important part of our experiential learning approach and takes place on a monthly basis.
During the summertime, our school holds a two-week language immersion and volunteer program in Mexico serving low-income students.