The Anthony School Early Childhood Program includes three-year-olds through Kindergarten students. Both full-day and half-day programs are offered for PreK3 and PreK4; three-year-olds also have the option of attending on Tuesday/Thursday, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, or Monday through Friday.
The Early Childhood curriculum and learning centers are planned not only to be developmentally appropriate, but also to allow each child to have opportunities to learn through a variety of experiences. Classrooms and schedules are designed to allow students participation in group activities and lessons, as well as to make choices for individual learning or free time. Frequent student interaction allows development of appropriate social behavior as stated in the school's philosophy, and small classes accommodate group or individual instruction. Classes in which the children participate include Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Library, Art and Technology along with the usual classroom activities. Daily instruction is enhanced with the use of SMART boards and iPads.
Student progress is evaluated in a variety of ways. Teachers use regular observation during group and individual activities as well as individual work portfolios and skills checklists. Progress is reported to parents in conferences three times during the school year (fall, winter, spring). Teachers are also available for parent conferences at any other time during the year if an individual need arises. There is regular communication between teachers and parents via class notes, weekly newsletters, or e-mail.
The Anthony School Elementary Program includes students in the first through fifth grades. Placement of students in classes is done with great care, taking into consideration such factors as male/female ratios, student/teacher personalities, student/student relationships, and student individual academic strengths and needs.
The Elementary Program is rigorous and challenging. A developmental reading assessment is administered to kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Reading skills are continually evaluated to ensure the students' academic progress. At third grade level, Social Studies/Science instruction is departmentalized. Instruction in all core subjects in fourth and fifth grade is departmentalized. Instruction in Music and Art, as well as Library, Computer, Physical Education, and Spanish, is provided by teachers who specialize in these subjects.
Student progress is monitored closely in a variety of ways. Benchmark testing is administered three times during the year. In addition to teacher observation and class discussions, student progress is evaluated through cooperative learning group work, daily work, and quizzes. Chapter/unit tests, oral testing (as needed), oral reports/presentations, projects, and experiments are also used in evaluation of student progress.
Parental involvement is an important aspect of the Elementary Program. Parent participation in the learning process has a positive effect on a child's academic, social, and emotional development. Strong parental involvement in the student's academic endeavors is encouraged and cultivated by all staff members.
Middle SchoolThe Anthony Middle School maintains high academic standards and stresses cooperation among the administration, teachers, students, parents, and community. The curriculum is specifically designed to challenge Middle School students. Science, History, Language Arts, and Math are taught daily at each grade level. Language Arts is divided into separate literature and grammar classes. Each class incorporates composition skills within its discipline. Physical Education and Technology are full-year requirements for all students. Teachers present material orally, visually, and kinesthetically as often as possible. Attention is given to individual learning styles, and accommodations for advanced learners and those who require more explanation of concepts are made according to student needs. We have high expectations within the bounds of each student for his/her success.
Additional activities include a strong athletic program, student council, student ambassador program, National Geography Bee, National Junior Honor Society, and the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Electives have been developed in visual arts, choral music, drama, health, Spanish, French, and others. Violin instruction is optional for Middle School students. The sixth grade participates in competitive sports through the Private School Participation League. Grades seven and eight play competitive interscholastic basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, cross country, track and golf through a membership in the Arkansas Activities Association. We also offer cheerleading and cheer camps.
Teachers develop a close relationship with individual students. As evidence of our high standards and degree of preparation, area high schools welcome Anthony graduates. Several independent high schools routinely visit Anthony School each spring to recruit our students.
We communicate with parents often through individual conferences, notes, telephone conversations, newsletters, website, and e-mail. Our web pages are updated daily with assignments and through our Web 2.0 enhanced website, students have personal calendars showing all assignments and extracurricular activities (calendars can be downloaded to smart phones).
The specialized subjects instill an appreciation of the arts, technology, health, and physical activity. These subjects play an integral part in developing the creative, physical, and social intelligences. Specialized classes begin in the three-year classes and continue through the eighth grade. Spanish and French are offered as electives in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The Middle School combines music and drama in a large theatrical production presented each October.Music
The music curriculum in our Early Childhood Program balances singing with creative movement. The music curriculum for the 1st-5th grades integrates different styles of music from around the world to teach musical form, theory and music appreciation. Orff instruments and African drums are used to enhance the concepts of rhythm, musical form, and improvisation. Each student in grades 1-5 performs annually in a musical play. Visual Arts
Students in the Visual Arts program are inspired to use creative thinking and problem solving skills through a wide variety of 2-D and 3-D media and techniques. From historical to modern day art, students learn the importance and significance of art. Skills and inspiration are gained inside and outside the art studio, whether on the playground using drawing boards to attending and observing exhibits on field trips. Student work is displayed throughout the school on video monitors, the school website, and in school hallways. Violin
The violin curriculum stresses that all students develop an appreciation for the violin and obtain musical literacy. All first and second grade students study violin twice a week. Basic musical notation, note reading, violin posture, and bow hold are taught to beginning students. Third through eighth grade students have the opportunity to continue their violin instruction through small group or private lessons. Each student participating in the Anthony String Program performs in a spring concert. Foreign Language
Spanish is part of the curriculum from Early Childhood through fifth grade. Six grade students study one semester each of French and Spanish. In the seventh grade, students are given the choice of studying either Spanish or French for 2 years in preparation for high school foreign language. Our curriculum is based on the "5 C's" in the National Standards on the Teaching of Foreign Language. The 5 C's are: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities.Physical Education
Our Physical Education Program is designed with both the physical and cognitive development of the children in mind. It focuses on the development of motor skills, strength, cardiovascular fitness, aerobic and anaerobic energy systems, and flexibility while the student is involved in activities that develop creative thinking, problem solving, and appropriate social behavior. Physical Education serves a unique purpose in providing students with knowledge, skills, and fitness that will empower them to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles. Technology
The goal of The Anthony School Technology Program is to empower our students with the technology skills they need to live, learn, and work in an information-rich society by providing innovative and engaging technology opportunities for our school community. These opportunities promote collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking in our students as well as communication between parents, teachers, and students.
We are often asked if The Anthony School curriculum is in accordance with the recently instituted “Common Core.” As defined by Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), the Common Core, “is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live (CommonCoreStandards.org).”
The Anthony School recognizes the value and need for consistent learning goals across states and the importance of staying informed and well versed on what is being required of public schools nationwide. We also believe in maintaining the high standards, expectations and traditions on which Jeanne Anthony founded our school, while continuing to grow, change and adapt to current pedagogical practices, technological advances and evolving curriculum. This philosophy is more in line with our mission than the current Common Core standards.
The Anthony School prides itself on offering students an advanced, challenging, and unique learning experience. We continually ensure our curriculum is in alignment, or advanced beyond other schools in our state; however, we encourage our faculty to design specific lessons and activities based on student needs and differentiated learning instruction rather than adhering to strict mandated government standards.