Olivet Academy’s school philosophy and curriculum emphasizes the education of the whole child by delivering a faith-based curriculum with a progressive approach to teaching and learning. Students engage in project-based learning where teachers subscribe to a constructivist philosophy honoring the prior knowledge children bring to every learning experience and providing opportunities for them to build on their understanding and teach others.
Families face myriad choices for educating their children; these include public, parochial, and independent schools, each with a distinctive corresponding educational philosophy. Parochial schools provide comprehensive religious instruction during the school day but traditionally separate such instruction from the academic program.
The academic curriculum in these schools often emphasizes basic skills and automatic recall in a highly structured and disciplined school culture. Creativity and critical thinking are not emphasized the way they are in most independent schools. Progressive independent schools are student-centered, nurturing the individual development of each learner through project-based curriculum. An opportunity exists to develop a new school model drawing on the best of both these approaches. Olivet Academy would emphasize Christian values and innovative teaching in an integrated curriculum that unites Bible Studies with 21st Century learning skills.
Olivet Academy proposes to unite the solid foundation of the historical academic and spiritual excellence already exemplified at Olivet University with the current practice of progressive education in renowned independent schools around the world. Children at Olivet will experience a world-class education that also serves to deepen their spiritual connection to themselves, each other, as well as to their local and global community.