Study To Show Thyself Approved
Terra Nova (Grades 1-8): The Terra Nova test is designed by Stanford University specifically for Christian schools. It provides a national standard of achievement in reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, and Bible. Algoma student achievement is consistently above national averages at every grade.
ACT: (Grade 11): The ACT is a college readiness test taken by juniors in schools across the country. For the past five years Algoma students have performed above national averages on both the composite scores and every single subtest. Beginning in 2016, we will replace the ACT with the SAT.
University Acceptance: 85% of our graduates go on to a variety of Christian or secular colleges including Cornerstone University, Ferris University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Indiana Wesleyan, Michigan State, Spring Arbor, the University of Michigan, and many more.
Advanced Placement: High school students who have the ability and inclination to take more challenging courses that can lead to college credit can take AP classes in English and American History. Other courses are being added as enrollment grows.
Dual Enrollment: A number of juniors and seniors enrich their high school experience through dual enrollment online with Grand Rapids Community College or one of the nearby colleges and universities or on ground at Kent County Technical Center.
Online Electives: High school students are encouraged to explore their personal interests by choosing one or more of the dozens of online electives available through Ignitia. You can find a sampling of them here.
We understand and appreciate that God has designed each individual with unique skills and talents, and we recognize that every child learns in different ways and often at their own pace. While teachers are able to accommodate most children in the regular classrooms through the use of differentiated instruction, there are many children that need some extra assistance in certain subjects or at certain times along the way to graduation.
Whenever possible, we schedule time for students who need support to receive small group tutoring from one of our classroom teachers. Sometimes these sessions are instead of the regular classroom instruction, and sometimes they are in addition to it. Either way, the goal is to provide the necessary support so that all students can develop the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed. The needs are as varied as the children who come, so each child has a program that fits his or her unique needs.
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