Tamassee DAR School is focused on the education and development of the whole child. Two great examples are the middle school academy and pre-school programs. From academics to social behaviors, we strive to build classrooms where children are encouraged to develop a love of knowledge, and where they can confidently learn and grow.
The Tamassee DAR School Raymond Academy for middle school children includes small class sizes with individualized attention. The Academy serves smart, interactive children with the ability to succeed, but whose experience and background have often limited their success. Along with academics, the Academy provides a safe, nurturing environment for students to be themselves without the threat of criticism.
To educate students on the dangers of bullying, the Raymond Academy is using a well-known bullying prevention program. Part of this program helps students identify bullying and how to cope with it effectively. The main goal is to create a more inclusive community in the school. The activities include a Monday High/Low Session for students who would like to talk about their recent experiences. This allows students to connect with others whom they may not typically interact. Another weekly session is conducted using topics that promote discussions on bullying prevention, relationship building, and other constructive tasks.
Through open communication students learn to respect one another which promotes the building of positive relationships in the classrooms.
Tamassee’s Pennsylvania Children’s Center (PCC) Coordinator of Early Childhood Education, Janis Young tells everyone, “PCC is more than just babysitting. We are an Early Childhood Learning Center and teach students from 3 months to 12 years. Early learning encompasses communication, gross and fine motoring skills, social skills, and much more.”
In the school year of 2015-2016, the Children’s Center rolled out their very first South Carolina First Steps 4K class. This initial class opened its doors with nine little girls in attendance. That was three years ago, and today four of those young girls are now a part of the 3rd grade gifted program in the public school system.
Ms. Young and the PCC staff are thrilled that these former students began their love for classroom learning as members of the original PCC 4K class of 2016. Ms. Young is very excited to have been a part of these students early initiation into the classroom learning process and said, “I’m very happy we shared in providing them a great foundation for learning. 4K classrooms in child care centers do make a difference!”
If you are caring for a child who is struggling with their education and could benefit from extra guidance in an environment where successful learning is the goal, please give us a call at 864.944.3022 to explore how we might help.