Turning Point School’s Signature Programs embody our distinctive approach to developing the whole child in a supportive, evolving environment. Our strengths-based approach encourages all members of the school community to embrace challenges that extend beyond the classroom curriculum. Students, Faculty, and Staff all find ways to shine with these five distinguishing programs, each designed to further our mission.
Professional Learning Community
Turning Point School’s unique culture of collaboration encourages teachers and administrators to exemplify the camaraderie and commitment to lifelong learning we expect our students to embrace. By working together closely, Faculty members continue developing and evolving their craft as educators and leaders.
21st Century Learning
Turning Point’s focus on 21st century skills increases students’ ability to adapt to a wide variety of situations during school and beyond. While learning responsible use of multimedia technology in connecting and sharing information, students develop skills for communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
Turning Point’s unique SmartLab is a true 21st century classroom in its design, tools, and instructional model. Students collaborate to think critically and to actively problem solve through engagements that integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts. Since search engines make an abundance of information readily accessible, Turning Point students are asked to use the information and the state-of-the art technological tools available to innovate; the SmartLab Facilitator supports what students strive to create and do. Students can delve as deeply into the eight systems of technology (science/data acquisition, mechanics and structures, robotics and control technology, circuitry, graphic design, and multimedia) as their entrepreneurial spirits and resourcefulness will take them.
Global Citizens are mindful of the opinions and talents of others; a thoughtful sense of curiosity inspires them to look beyond themselves. They connect with the similarities and reflect upon the differences to be found in their counterparts across the planet. Inquisitive students form and nurture connections between people, the places in which they live, and the cultures that they celebrate. Capable of creativity and critical thought, global citizens are equipped with the tools and characteristics necessary for success in an ever-changing world. Responsible global citizens recognize the importance of speaking for and about ecological issues shared; they confidently and sensitively engage in constructive problem-solving and conflict resolution. Through common interests, they acknowledge the interconnectedness of the individuals and societies inhabiting the earth, and innovate to solve the challenges facing the globe in the future. Global citizens understand their place in the world, and respect the experiences of others near and far.
Community Service Learning
Community Service Learning is a perfect example of Turning Point School’s instructional methodology, taking educational practice beyond classroom walls and inspiring students to connect more deeply with the learning process. While working to build a stronger community and healthier environment, students make inspired leaps of understanding in developing a sense of responsibility extending beyond themselves.
The Turning Point Family Program provides a multi-age environment that encourages continuity and builds a sense of community among Faculty, Staff, and students. Faculty and Staff “Elders” facilitate monthly Family meetings designed to help younger students benefit from interaction with older students, encourage older students to practice responsible modeling, and inspire all members of the Turning Point community to learn, share, and grow together.
The Turning Point Mentor Program effectively bridges our Elementary and Middle School Divisions, allowing older students to engage in authentic, inspiring interactions with younger classmates. Under the guidance of Middle School Advisors and Elementary Teachers, leadership skills are developed and community strengthened. Mentors and Mentees form close bonds by engaging in an integrated curriculum that includes academic problem-solving and character development.