By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– – Residents of the High Desert will have an innovative and progressive way of choosing their children’s education with the opening of the new Taylion High Desert Academy (THDA), a free public charter school.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the community of Adelanto and to assist in providing parents with another great option for students to experience academic success” said
Timothy A. Smith, president of THDA parent company Learning Matters Educational Group (LMEG).
Smith added that the academy will commence operations in the 2013-2014 academic year and that enrollment is under way.
THDA can be described as a group of local community members, parents and educators who believe in transformative education. THDA provides students a holistic learning environment that prepares them for the 21st century academically, physically and mentally. “We believe that all students can succeed if they learn to believe in themselves. Our philosophy is to inspire confidence in a child and believe that we can make a significant impact with each child by empowering all students to understand themselves as individuals,” THDA Executive Director, Danielle Moore said.
THDA offers Independent Study, Home Schooling, as well as Online and Blended Learning. At the new resource center in Adelanto, students will receive one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, tutoring, life planning and goal setting and optional mental health services.
The benefits of attending THDA are: individualized learning, credit recovery and/or credit acceleration, higher parent involvement, greater flexibility in instructional delivery methods, state of the art learning management system, and greater access to new educational resources
Taylion High Desert Academy recognizes the important role that parents play in a child’s education. We collaborate with parents to help students throughout their education, and give parents a direct say in their child’s education through regular parent-teacher meetings, a parent advisory council, parenting classes (which help parents learn new strategies on how to best help their child).
There are also free classes that are available to parents who wish to further their understanding of gangs, bullying, violence, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention. In addition, parents are welcome to take advantage of the mental-health counselors.
THDA Executive Director, Danielle Moore, along with Curriculum Director, Stephanie Laferriere, both are expert educators and natives to the High Desert community. They have worked and volunteered their time in the community at local schools and at the Boys and Girls Club.
Currently they are both actively involved in both the Adelanto Rotary Club (as board members) and are also board members/ambassadors for the Adelanto Chamber of Commerce. Stephanie and Danielle have both worked with LMEG and were pivotal in starting the Taylion Virtual Academy of San Bernardino, which grew to over 700 students in a very short time.
“We are not new to education. LMEG, as an educational partner with THDA has been successfully operating charter schools since 1996. LMEG has made significant gains in student academic achievement and has done much to improve the nation’s high drop-out rate,” explained Moore.
Students at LMEG schools have consistently made gains in both successfully recovering lost academic credits, but also successfully graduating from high school on time, and many times at an accelerated pace.
“THDA values, Integrity, Gratitude, Teamwork, Compassion, and Leadership. Working with local leaders and dedicated parents we believe we can produce the leaders of tomorrow,” concluded Smith.
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