Eagle – Empowering the Mind (ages 10-12)
Students in the Intermediate Stage are more active, emotional and mindful compared to their earlier education. They are more aware of their actions and begin to have a sense of direction about what they really like, or don’t like.
At this level, their commitment to music and the arts should be specified rather than generalized. Although the emphasis at this stage moves particularly toward thinking, specialization in music or arts helps in developing focus and priority management.
The student, with consultation from his parents and school-parent, will have to choose whether to take the music class or the art class. Such choice will take effect for the three intermediate years from Eagle 1, Eagle 2 until Eagle 3 classes (equivalent to Grades 4, 5 and 6, respectively). Should the student choose music classes, he will attend guitar class in Eagle 1, piano class in Eagle 2, and violin class in Eagle 3. Otherwise, he will attend drawing and painting, personality development, and Creative Writing in his art classes in Eagles 1, 2, and 3 respectively.
Specialist teachers facilitate the music and art classes in the Intermediate Stage. These facilitators guide the students through a rigorous curriculum that optimizes their performance and hones mind and body coordination.
Another addition to the Eagle classes is the Sports and Recreation subject. Hope Avenue ILC believes that every child has to experience defeat and failure as part of growing up. Sports create the perfect opportunity for these experiences and the chance to overcome them. It also teaches will power and determination, team building, and creative thinking, in addition to physical development. Students in Eagle 1 learn to play soccer, basketball for Eagle 2, and Martial Arts for Eagle 3. Like the music and arts classes, specialist teachers are also hired to facilitate the subject.
The main role of the school-parent in the Intermediate Stage is to guide the students towards developing independent judgment. He encourages the students to really think about the problem rather than memorize the “right answer”. This enables students to develop creative thinking, analysis and moral responsibility.
In totality, Hope Avenue ILC strongly believes that more than just information about the things around them, children should receive an actual experience and appreciation of such things. This is how we define world class education.