At Abercrombie Academy, we foster a love of learning through hands-on experiences including field trips, class discussions, performances, artwork, guest speakers and community service opportunities to supplement our rigorous academic curriculum which is taught in a traditional classroom setting.
Our highly qualified teachers and nurturing staff encourage and support each child with an integrated curriculum so that students may establish a firm foundation. Students are taught a broad curriculum using state-adopted textbooks, student-centered units, and special projects. The language arts program teaches reading, composition, spelling, and self-expression. The mathematics curriculum promotes computation and problem solving as well as an understanding of the application of mathematical concepts in daily activities. Students also study history, geography, social studies, natural and physical science. D'Nealian print and cursive handwriting are also taught.
All students are taught in self-contained classrooms to maximize instructional time and effectiveness as well as to enable cross-curricular teaching in math, science, social studies, reading, language arts, and writing. This approach has enabled more in-depth instruction and advancement while fostering confidence, problem-solving, creativity and a love of learning in our students. Our students' exemplary standardized test scores reflect the success of this preferred mode of teaching. Each year, Kindergartners take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and 1st through 5th Graders take the Iowa Assessments. The majority of our 4th and 5th Grade students qualify for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP).
In addition to the core subjects, students receive instruction in Art, Music, Computer skills, Spanish language, Physical Education and Library by qualified specialized teachers. After-school enrichment classes are offered and include Tae Kwon Do, Art, Computer, Drama, Dance and Spanish for a nominal monthly fee.