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Le Jardin Academy provides students unique opportunities through experiential learning

School focuses on the teacher-student relationship

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When choosing a school for your child, it’s important to know that they are in an engaging environment where teachers focus on making a connection to help them succeed. At Le Jardin Academy, students are not just being fed book knowledge. Instead, they’re gaining knowledge through experiential learning.

Earl Kim, head of school at Le Jardin Academy, describes experiential learning as giving students shared experiences where they apply their learning, extend their understanding and then reflect so that it takes that knowledge and makes it a part of who they are. When it comes to teaching the school’s younger students, he says play is central to the early development of children.

“They learn about themselves, about how they relate to other people. They learn values and principles that make them productive citizens,” says Kim.

Kate Beres is a first grade teacher at Le Jardin Academy. She says the staff there all have one objective in mind, and that’s supporting the whole child here.

“Teaching this age level is always a thrill. You never know exactly what you’re gonna get!” she smiles. “As we start a new school year, it reminds me of how important it is to have that really strong connection with each and every child.” Relationship building has always been a priority for Beres and she says getting to know these children is the best part of her job.

“It’s then when I really have that connection with them, that knowledge allows me to differentiate in the classroom because I know what they need,” she says. “That’s why I love this age level. They are open books. They are ready to share with you, you just need to take the time and invest in them.”

Kim explains that at Le Jardin Academy, the school prides itself not only on its academic content, but also on the way in which it is delivered. “Great teachers understand the importance of relationships first,” he says.

“Our community is amazing. I’ve never been apart of a community like Le Jardin,” says Beres.

For more information: lejardinacademy.org, or on Facebook and Instagram: @lejardinacademy