The goal for Joy in Learning is to attain academic and learning goals through a joyful experience for your child and your family. Children are placed in one of the four levels described below. The levels are designed so that students are first challenged and then led to master material, experience success, and develop a sense of accomplishment at their level. New families will be invited to one of the four levels.
The classroom atmosphere benefits by having students who confidently contribute to classroom discussions and projects. Classroom participation creates a positive synergy, resulting in a stimulating and engaging environment for all; therefore, completion of homework assignments by all students is essential.
Brief description of the levels
RHETORIC (9th-12th grade): Reading material at a high school and some college level; lectures up to an hour long that require note taking; group discussions or projects that might include mature topics; doing group/lab work with minimal supervision; in-depth reading, research and detailed writing assignments during the week; expected to schedule and do majority of homework independently; expected to complete homework before next class meeting. Assignments at this level require independent work, as well as interdependent project completion. All students must complete their portion of the project and assignments in order for the class as a whole to move forward. For this level, work is graded and grade reports are available using Engrade.com. Admission to Rhetoric level is subject to review of Engrade records and instructor evaluations. Rhetoric level is college prep, with the following expectations:
LOGIC (6th-8th grade): Reading material at middle school level and above, lessons up to 60 minutes long; considerable reading; research and intermediate writing assignments during the week; group discussions and projects in class; work with some supervision at home. All homework assignments are expected to be completed. For this level, work is graded and grade reports are available using Engrade.com; progress is reviewed before considering advancement to Rhetoric. Following are expectations for this level:
GRAMMAR (4th-5th grade): Reading material at upper elementary level and above; lessons around 45 minutes long; moderate homework including reading and writing assignments during the week; independent work in class; group discussion and projects in class; work with some assistance or supervision at home. All homework assignments are expected to be completed. Following are expectations for this level:
EARLY GRAMMAR (1st-3rd grade): Early reader; group activities or projects in class for a full day; take-home work that needs parental assistance. Parents of students in this level are required to be in the building during the school day. Following are expectations for this level: