The Emergent Difference
Dramatically Increase Your Child’s Love for Learning
The Emergent Difference
Our adaptive learning and mastery-based approach mean students learn 2-3X faster
The Emergent Difference
Emergent Cultivates Future-ready Leaders With Life Skills
Case Study #1
Build a Business and Learn Along the Way
Sloane, a 4th grader, has a passion for fashion. She and two fellow students created a business selling custom-made perfume. They researched how to make their product, sourced and priced the ingredients they would need, did graphic design to create their marketing materials, set pricing with a goal of profitability, and found a fair at which they would sell their product. On the day of the fair, they put out all of their scented oils so that customers could make their own perfumes. But at the end of the day, there weren’t that many customers and they each walked away with only $3 in profit.They went through their revenue and expense spreadsheets and realized their mistake. Sloane and her friends put all of the perfume ingredients out at the fair and had to throw them away at closing time. The waste ate into their profit margin.
Motivated to make a bigger profit, Sloane went back to the drawing board. She decided she needed to sell a product at a higher price point that could have more profit built into it, so she found a source that she could buy scarves from at wholesale. Sloane didn’t want to repeat the mistake of too much sunk cost, so she negotiated with the wholesaler to return any scarves she didn’t sell within a period of time. She priced her scarves to be sure she was making a profit, but wanted to figure out how to encourage people to buy more. From the math program she was using at school, Sloane learned about Tiered Pricing and decided to incorporate that into her business. She had to keep track of how many scarves each customer bought and memorize her pricing model based on numbers, all while providing excellent customer service and selling. Sloane found another venue at which to sell, and at the end of the day, she made almost $375 in net profit!
Based on this project inspired by her love for fashion, Sloane learned math and accounting concepts and applied them to fix her mistake. She also learned about graphic design, negotiation, and teamwork. This is what learning at Emergent is all about.
Case Study #2
Cars and Coding - Mechanical Engineering and Artificial Intelligence
At Emergent, we believe that learning to code is an integral skill that helps develop children’s brains and prepares them to be future-ready professionals. The latest project in this area gave students six weeks to build a car and code it to self-drive via Artificial Intelligence. Students started by reading a case study and then interviewed for a position as a Designer, Mechanical Engineer, Business Intelligence Analyst, or Research Analyst.
They were then hired onto teams and given a budget of $425 (Emergent currency) to spend in the Automotive and Technology Store. They had to determine the parts they needed to build a car and stay within their budget. They had to design and build the cars. Once they were built, they programmed them to turn the cars into autonomous, self-driving vehicles.
To do this, they learned Python programming and studied car-related physics (distance, speed, time, RPMs) via adaptive learning programs and workshops. As the driving functions became more complex, the students’ programming advanced as well. During the first week of this project, 6th grader Grace (who has been considering a career in politics or singing) came home and declared to her parents “I want to be a mechanical engineer!”
Frequently Asked Questions
The Emergent Academy is a family-focused school. We offer an academic program for students and their families that want to be part of a new model of education, one that champions a learner-centered approach supported by technology. Our most successful students have parents that are not afraid of putting their children in challenging situations and can readily accept both success and failure, as an acceptable outcome for their child’s learning journey. The Emergent Academy believes a student can learn as much (if not more) from struggle, as they can from success.
The learning environment at The Emergent Academy commences with our Level 1 Learning Program. Level 1 students experience a more structured learning environment and work towards a deeper focus on fundamental Core Skills like reading comprehension, math, spelling strategies, and exploring the joy in writing. This is the beginning phase of becoming an Emergent Independent Learner.
In Level 2, students experience more freedom of choice in their Core Skills work and are challenged to deliver greater effort resulting in higher quality work. Writing, Math, Sciences, and Comparative History are all strong focus areas during Core Skills, for these Emergent Learners. Deep Socratic discussions are also introduced as a means of developing areas of critical thinking and group discussion skills.
In Level 3, higher expectations around Writing Skills are introduced, as well as vocabulary study and project-based learning. This is the program where the greatest work around passions and curiosities are developed and expanded.
Our school day runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We know that flexibility is important for our families so you may drop off your child at 8:30 a.m. before the school day begins.