So you're interested in other Education options for your child; we may already be more alike than you know! My name is Paige Christoff and I am a mother of three girls with an undeniable passion to do what I can to make the world a better place. I hold a bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay, have over 10 years of experience in the Early Education field and have been running a successful Private Preschool called Little Sprouts Academy for over 3 years. Little Sprouts Academy grew out of a desire to create something I felt was necessary for the developmental needs of all children including my own! Our preschool's curriculum is based on the highly researched Montessori Method, which focuses on a prepared environment as a second teacher. During these 3 years we have received a copious amount of community support and interest in a like-minded school for students past preschool. We are very excited to announce that we will be offering a new option for Elementary Education in the Green Bay area: New Leaf Prep Academy.
"We're not just another school,
I can promise you that."
NEW LEAF PREP ACADEMY VISION
New Leaf Prep Academy’s Curriculum will focus on the whole child through highly researched, hands on teaching philosophies and techniques, mainly the Montessori Method. Hands-on learning is a proven way to keep students more engaged and increase retention.
"curating critical thinkers, problem solvers, & self-motivated learners."
Our curriculum will help students to make sense of the world around them without gaining skills at the expense of actual knowledge. Our holistic approach to learning examines all avenues that will affect lifelong student success including each child’s academic skills, such as math and literacy skills, but also their social, emotional and cognitive skills. A minimalist environment free of technological distractions will aid in calming their mind and body and enable them to focus on the lessons and material at hand. New Leaf Prep Academy will feature low teacher to child ratios maxing out at 1:17 so students can safely learn through trial and error. Sensory-based and self-directed learning through nature exploration is a major component of our programming in additional to learning practical life skills such as tieing shoes and caring for one's environment.
Our classrooms, indoor and out, act as a second teacher with carefully chosen developmentally appropriate works and self-correcting materials which are organized to support maximum growth and exploration in a diverse range of fields cohesive with the traditional Montessori Method. In addition these works and self-correcting materials accommodate the developmental needs of each individual student within the classroom allowing them to learn and grow at their own pace and according to their own interests. All aspects of our curriculum will be carried out in a toxic-free, natural minded environment with very limited use of technology.
Classrooms designed to enable child independence.
Natural enviroments to curate curiosity of the living world.
Communal spaces to allow for multi-interest development.
Our curriculum is based on the highly researched Montessori Philosophy and will help children to develop through a holistic, whole child approach to create confident leaders, problem solvers and self-driven successful individuals! But don't take our word for it. Many successful accomplished CEO's, business leaders, artists, and innovators received education in Montessori Schools, and often credit their success in part to the methodology. This includes people such as Larry Page and Sergei Brin, the founders of Google; Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon; Grammy Award-winning artist Taylor Swift; inventor Thomas Edison, and Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. Even Harvard credits Montessori as an essential building block for success in later life!
With more than 300 public schools in the United States using the Montessori Method, 150 of them being charter schools there is a great deal of backing behind the highly researched method. In a longitudinal Study conducted by individuals from the Department of Psychology and Department of Education found that although test scores started at a same base point between traditionally educated children and children taught through the Montessori Method over time the children educated through the Montessori Method made greater strides in academic achievement, social understanding and mastery orientation. Montessori students also scored higher on executive function when tested at 4 years old.
We officially have a contract with the UW-System Office of Educational Opportunity to operate as a Non-Profit Independent Charter school for the 2021-2022 school year! A Charter school is a public school that students may choose to enroll into, but do not have to pay tuition for. Charter schools have different offerings than the public schools that they run beside and give families an alternate option to traditional public education. In Wisconsin the dollars allocated for each child's education follow the child to the public school of their choice, wether that be a Charter school or traditional Public school.
Lillard AS, Heise MJ, Richey EM, Tong X, Hart A and Bray PM (2017) Montessori Preschool Elevates and Equalizes Child Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study. Front. Psychol. 8:1783. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01783