Principal's Top Book Picks

Want to learn more about what lead Ms. Stacey to create Educational Harbor? Check out these books: The Smartest Kids in the World and how they got that way by Amanda Ripley, A Different Kind of Teacher by John Gatto, The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer, Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

Less Homework

Educational Harbor teachers do not want you fighting for hours with your student about homework. We do our best to provide support structures to get any assigned homework done before your student leaves for home. Often, if something is assigned, it is a little bit of reading in the younger grades, or finishing up class work in the older grades. We want our students to be pursuing interests, spending time with family, and getting adequate amounts of sleep, not spending hours doing homework after a whole day at school. How we assign homework is also based on the individual child. 

Recess at all grade levels

All students need to have time to take a brain break, run around outside, or simply sit and hang out with friends. At Educational Harbor Christian all grade levels have multiple breaks during the day with a variety of opportunities on how they spend their time. 

Small Class Sizes

Educational Harbor Christian caps their classes at eight students. Students typically stay with the same teacher for multiple years.  This is to allow families to bond with the teacher over many years. It also allows teachers to differentiate lessons and teaching style.

Classical Education

Classical education starts in the early grades with memorizing material. Students will sing songs and learn motions for basic information such as skip counting, the 50 states, the presidents, foreign languages, and much more. Students in older grades then start using that knowledge. They trace maps and learn about the world, they investigate science, and they are able to use the skip counting to begin multiplication as early as 2nd grade. We also read classical and award-winning literature, and we incorporate logic and strategy through games and puzzles.

Hands-On Learning

At Educational Harbor Christian, we know kids remember best when they DO and TEACH others. We incorporate as many hands-on activities and projects as we can, often using student interest and engagement as a guide. Weekly science experiments and many field trip opportunities enrich your student's educational experience.

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated instruction refers to adjusting a student's work to meet the needs of that learner. For example, when the teacher reads a story to the class, one student may create a picture as their response, one may write a paragraph, and one might do a combination of drawing and writing. In class you may see a student with dysgraphia typing or using a talk-to-text program as the basis of his essay. You might see a student reading independently, with an audio book, or with a tutor.

Also, our classes and groupings are flexible. A "5th grader" might do better in the elementary program, or they might do better in the middle school program. It depends on the student's academics, needs, and personality. One student may meet with a tutor a few times a week to strengthen a specific skill or enrich their education in a different way.  What does your student need?

Less Formal Testing

Our families have a say in testing and grading at Educational Harbor Christian. All formal assessments are shared with the parent before given. All results are shared with the parents and all assessments are chosen for specific purposes. At the end of the year, we offer the IOWA Basic Skills Test to our families. This test has been around for 50 years and compares students to other students around the nation. Families receive a report that show the grade level at which their student performs. Our teachers most often engage in authentic assessment - daily observational assessments that teachers naturally do as they are teaching. Students receive immediate feedback on work and are encouraged to do their personal best. Students in grades K-8 receive a narrative report instead of a report card. Our high school students receive a report card for their transcript. Students also create portfolios during the year that show their progress.

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