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High School at MHA

We get a lot of tours at Mile High Academy. And, since we are a Preschool through 12th grade school, these range from the parents eager to find out what their child will be learning at 3 years all the way to how do we get our high schoolers ready for college.

Today, we are focused on the high school question, because it’s a big one, and every year our seniors start getting that wistful look in their eye. You know the one. The one that lets us know their almost done, ready to walk down the aisle to the next part of their journey, college!

We take the college prep part of our experience very seriously here on campus. With AP Classes, Dual Credit, a College Counselor, plenty of electives and service options, as well as travel opportunities during their four years at MHA our students are getting a well rounded college ready experience.

Did you know that in a Chicago Tribune article written specifically about the effects of attending one high school over another on your chances of getting into a good college, they mentions that at “top high schools … college counselors also teach classes. That puts them in close contact with students on a regular basis.” (1) They also went on to mention that these same college counselors advise students on course work and which standardized tests they should take. Which is interesting since our college counselor, Jenni Eno, does just that for our students.

Top colleges all across the country want to know that students are part of a diverse learning community that includes academics and extra-curriculars in all areas. Students who take advantage of all that MHA has to offer in academics, music, sports, STEM, arts, travel and all the rest are sure to benefit from a strong resume. Top grades and an impressive school or community service record will always resonate with college admissions counselors. Make sure and let us know if you have questions about how your student can take advantage of the full range of offerings at MHA.

 

  1. https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/lifestyles/ct-ptb-bradshaw-educated-advice-st-0515-20150514-story.html
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History of #GivingTuesday

In 2012, Giving Tuesday was started by the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation as an antidote to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday that follows Thanksgiving. Hoping that people would take the same enthusiasm they had for shopping and apply it to giving it began as an idea but with some publicity and a hashtag, #GivingTuesday, they ran with it.

It was a success, #GivingTuesday was born and released, along with marketing advise and social media resources available to any nonprofit that wishes to use it.

The last five years have shown a sharp increase in charity giving on Giving Tuesday (see graph). However, Rachel Hutchison of Blackbaud, who takes most of the online donations, says that what really matters is that people are engaging in causes they care about. (1)

Have you participated in a #GivingTuesday? Maybe this is the year!

Works Cited

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2018/11/26/18098840/when-is-giving-tuesday

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Transitioning from School to School

At Mile High Academy we are fortunate to have a full school program that encompasses Preschool through 12th grade. However, that does not mean that students do not feel the stress of transitioning from grade to grade or school to school. Therefore, we have found ways to make these transitions exciting and smooth for students, parents, and teachers.

By definition, transition means the change from one place, state of being, or condition to another place, state of being, or condition (Merriam-Webster Online, 2015). From the moment parents drop their little ones off at Preschool to the day they watch their Seniors graduate high school, every day is a milestone of developmental changes. It’s not just classrooms and buildings but actual hormonal, mental, and physical changes with which each adolescent faces. “Each of these transitions affects young adolescents’ academic experiences, motivation, self-perception, and self-regulatory beliefs (Parker, 2013; Perkins, 1995).” (amle.org)

It’s not only our students that are affected, however, parents and teachers also experience these changes in their own ways. For transitions to occur properly, for programs to develop effectively, the expectations of the students have to be considered by those around them. (amle.org) Because as worries as we are as parents about how our students will fare once they are thrust into unknown environments, how much more stress are they experiencing going into these environments.

And, as the grades progress, the expectations of independence and responsibility also progresses. They go from Preschool, where they are with their teacher 100% of the time, to Kindergarten where they begin to have specials with different teachers, to Middle and Upper schools where students are expected to get to and from classes on their own, manage time wisely, use a locker, organize and keep up with materials for multiple classes, be responsible for all classwork and homework from multiple teachers, and at the same time develop and maintain a social life.

The main thing we can do as parents and educators is provide known expectations. From the moment we tell them they are going to start school, move on to a new grade, move on to a new school, we can provide them with a model within which they can begin to navigate. Giving students true transitions impacts students’ academic performance.

Some of the things we do at MHA:

  • provide Shadow Days where students can experience our classrooms before moving into the environment
  • school tours
  • parent and student receptions where we discuss the differences between elementary, middle school, and upper schools
  • question and answer sessions
  • graduation programs for all levels, Preschool, Kindergarten, Eighth Grade, High School

By implementing transition activities like these, your student, and by extension parents and teachers, will have an easier time moving forward, building community, and feeling comfortable through all stages of their educational career.

(see pictures of 8th Grade Reception below)

 

Works Cited

  1. https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/750/Transitioning-Young-Adolescents-from-Elementary-to-Middle-School.aspx
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