About Our Approach
An idea that is gaining a lot of momentum in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence.
At Peak Centre Academy we believe that these mindsets have a large impact upon a student’s understanding of success and failure. “Fixed mindset people dread failure, feeling that it reflects upon themselves as individuals, while growth mindset people embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and improve their abilities” (Carole Dweck). At Peak, we believe teaching children to embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and improve is integral to a child’s academic and athletic success.
At Peak Centre Academy, all of our staff are involved in day-to-day school operations. From organizing field trips and curriculum delivery to ensuring the school is a safe, productive environment, we work closely to ensure an optimal experience for both students and staff.
Curriculum & Education of High Performance Athletes
Peak’s Academic program is based on the current Ontario Ministry of Education Guidelines and the Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario schools document. Our class sizes are small to support small group learning where teachers are better able to provide students with differentiated instruction and feedback needed to ensure academic success. The school day is structured so that tutoring time is built into the daily schedule, and collaboration is a strong feature of professional life at the school.
Teachers share their ideas, collaborate in the selection of resources to support the curriculum, and differentiate teaching strategies in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Our educators' design learning activities that not only support students in attaining the guidelines but work to help students surpass expectations. Peak students consistently score in the top 5 percent in EQAO provincial testing.
To support our teaching practices for instructing young athletes, our teachers have also incorporated learning activities that not only support but extend past the average classroom programming. These include (but are not limited to):
- Health Nutrition and Performance Nutrition
- Hip hop sessions with Julia Gutsik from Luv 2 Groove
- Yoga classes
- Mental Training
- Mind Mapping
- Proper Training
- Chalk Talk
- Basic Physiology in order to understand how the human body responds to certain types of training
Student Achievement and Engagement
High expectations for student achievement together with consistent standards across grades ensure a positive school climate where learning comes first. Our teachers help students build a learning community in the classroom by modeling and encouraging positive interaction. The intent is to create enthusiasm for learning and to facilitate inquiry based student led learning that promotes critical thinking and analysis. Student engagement is fostered through the use of varied instructional strategies, access to interesting resources for both teachers and students, and student-led conferences. Student teachers often work with our staff and are valuable resources for student engagement.