Junior & Senior High
JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH:
7TH - 9TH GRADE
"CREO" means to create an original.
This perfectly describes the adolescent age, where they are establishing their identity in Christ.
THIRD PLANE OF DEVELOPMENT
During the adolescent years they are in the third plane of developmental period. During this period they are developing their own identity in Christ and discovering who God wants them to be as an individual. They are observing the world around them and seeking their role in the community. They begin modeling their worldview on the adults and values around them, including teachers, parents, and most importantly Christ.
During this stage of development our students:
Are learning advanced communication skills
Are developing a more deeping their understanding of social interactions
Crave creative and physical outlets
Crave personal space, but they are also highly social
Still need to move on a regular basis, and thrive on being physically engaged in rewarding work
Need to understand the economic systems of our world and have a sense of what earning and spending money really means
THE WORLD IS OUR CLASSROOM!
"Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life."
Dr. Maria Montessori
3-Day & 4-Day
Hand In Hand offers a unique opportunity for adolescents to continue their learning journey through a Christian Montessori approach in CREO, our 7th – 9th grade program.
In CREO the Montessori pedagogical principles are applied within the context of the important developmental planes of early and late adolescence. The development of a whole healthy self, including the mind, body and soul is prioritized. We continue to partner closely with families as the adolescent takes a more prominent role in their growth and social development.
CREO is committed to integrating education across the major disciplines, classical subjects and practical life skills. For adolescent education, we see the transformative work of the gospel of Jesus as central to establishing a life of continued learning, growth and social transformation.
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What are your school hours?Office hours: 8:00AM - 4:00PM Infant and toddler program hours: 7:30AM - 5:30PM School-age hours: School day: 8:30AM - 3:30PM Before care: 7:30AM - 8:30AM After care: 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Do you offer before and after school care?Yes, we offer before and after care for our school-aged (preschool - 6th grade) program, called playcare. Before care hours are from 7:30AM - 8:30AM and after care hours are from 3:30PM - 5:30PM. Playcare is available for all school days. Alternative care is not offered on non-school, such as holidays, breaks, conference days, or other non-school days.
Do you offer bus transportation?Highcroft does not currently offer bus transportation. For the 2024 - 25 school year, Highcroft will offer transportation from our Bloomington campus.
Do you require uniforms?Yes, HIHCM requires a simple uniform. Our simple uniforms are beneficial because they ... Promote cohesiveness in the student body. Schools nationwide are welcoming diversity into their student body, with a wide range of backgrounds and different economic status. At Highcroft, we strive to create an environment where all children feel welcome and safe. Provide an appropriate standard of dress. Uniforms offer an added layer of protection for the children and staff by ensuring all clothing is appropriate for school. Reduce the cost of "school clothes." Families may purchase uniforms from the store of their choosing. Affordable options include: School uniform sales, Target, Old Navy, Children's Place, used clothing stores, and many other retail options. Allow younger children the opportunity for independence by dressing themselves. Children often find it is easier to have only a few options to select from that are school appropriate, as some children get overwhelmed by having to choose from a large selection. Help eliminate distractions. Wearing a uniform helps to eliminate distractions caused by current fashion trends.
Do you have required homework?Preschool and kindergarten: there is no required homework, but parents are encouraged to read with their children or have them read to you. Elementary (1st - 6th grade): there is no required homework, but children are encouraged to read and practice math facts daily. On occasion, there may be an assignment that the parents are requested to assist with at home. Highschool: each day there is required homework, although there is an open hour where students are encouraged to complete their homework. Generally, the students complete most of there homework at school or have minimal homework.
Do you offer a foreign language?Latin is infused into core lessons in 1st - 6th grade. French or Spanish is offered as an elective in 7 grade and up.
Does HIHCM complete standardized testing?All K - high school students enrolled in our 5-day academy complete a yearly standardized test. Homeschool students have the option of completing the standardized test through HIHCM or independently. Standardized tests gives feedback to teachers, administrators, students and parents and help them further support the students needs.
Is technology used?Preschool - Kindergarten: During the school day children do not use technology in the classroom Elementary 1st - 6th grade: Students have minimal access to Chromebooks for supporting their learning. The main use of technology is for research and typing. Highschool: Students either have their own laptop or have access to a school Chromebook when needed to complete an assignment. It is a secondary learning tool as technology is not the primary source of learning. The school highly values safety when using technology and have applications in place to ensure safe technology use.