San Diego, CA, August 21, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Just opened this week is the new Applied Scholastics Academy in downtown La Jolla. This pre-K through 6th grade private school on Cuvier Street, combines a traditional emphasis on the basics with a 21st century approach, according to its President, Ian Lyons.
The school, currently offering its summer camp, still has openings for both this and its fall enrollment. It has small class sizes which Lyons says enable teachers to provide individualized attention so the children can progress at their own pace. Parents can take advantage of a free drop-in visit day by calling 858 454 1972.
Ian and his wife, Ruth, who moved across the country to head up the school, were themselves schooled in the UK and Europe. They bring a unique approach to education with them, striving to ensure that all children are equipped with the proper tools for learning and study, based on Study Technology, developed by author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard.
Ruth Lyons, the principal of the school explains the use of Study Technology, stating: “Not only does this approach enhance the phonics-based Applied Scholastics reading program and attention to the 3Rs, but also involves good dictionary practice and research skills that provide children with the ability to discover and learn for themselves. These are very important steps in helping children become self-learners who can succeed in life.”
Ian quotes a study done by Johnson O'Connor on vice presidents of United States corporations, “The single common factor in their success was a large vocabulary and a precise understanding of the words they knew.” Lyons is striving to provide each child with this same advantage by teaching study skills along with other key subjects for this modern world – computers, earth and space sciences, music and the arts.
Study Technology was developed by Hubbard in response to the lowering literacy levels of adults in the late 20th century, publicized broadly by the NALS survey showing 44 million America adults were missing the basic literacy skills to hold a job. Hubbard wrote as early as 1976 when significant drops in SAT scores were already signaling the onset of a decline in America's lead in education, “It is of vital importance that the quality of education be revitalized and improved. As Man is as able as he can learn and know, it is urgent that a workable learning technology is available to him." Applied Scholastics, a non-profit organization, took on the task of making Study Technology available to educators and schools across the world so that children were armed with the tools of how to learn. Now, Applied Scholastics Academy, one of 5 new Academies in Southern California and part of a network of over 750 educational institutions across the world, is bringing this approach to La Jolla.
For more information visit www.aps-academy-sandiego.org.