Academics

Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 3-5)

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

Ashley Academy Pre-Kindergarteners have fun learning through self- and teacher-directed PLAY.  Providing a positive school experience in a loving and caring atmosphere is our mission. Small classes guarantee appropriate challenge and maximum success for each child.
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Children are given the opportunity to work and play independently and to feel at ease about being away from home. The program and teachers help your child develop self-confidence and self-esteem. Language skills, motor skills, and intellectual skills are strengthened through a variety of daily activities.

Social interaction with the school’s culturally diverse student population cultivates respect for others and their uniqueness. Hands-on activities satisfy preschoolers’ natural curiosity about the world around them.

Pre-Kindergarten operates as a 5-day program with the option for students to attend until 1:00 p.m. or 3:15 p.m.  A catered lunch is available daily at an additional charge or children may bring their lunch. A morning snack is provided.

Children entering this program must be fully potty trained.

The Ashley Academy faculty is chosen for their ability to understand the needs of children, their enthusiasm and creativity, their academic record, and previous teaching experience.

LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills are developed through small group and individual activities. Colors, letters, shapes, numbers, story time, dramatics, rhymes, songs, and learning centers are all areas of concentration for language development.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Fine motor skills are strengthened through cutting, coloring, pasting, playing with playdough, finger painting, and creative drawing. Activities like these develop pre-writing skills.

Large motor skills are enhanced through dramatic play, playground activities, music and movement, easel painting, and self-expression.

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Children learn to share and take turns during free play and circle time. Positive feelings about self, the school, and the environment are encouraged. Guidance in controlling emotions, following directions, being independent, and helping others is provided daily.

ACTIVITIES

To encourage and reinforce reading skills, Pre-K students pair up with older students to be “reading buddies.” Other activities include phonics, games, puzzles, science, social studies, grace & courtesy, music, drama, art, math, library, sign language, opposites, same & different, and sequencing.

 apple-pickingLEGO EDUCATION

Lego Education curriculum is a unique instructional tool that is used to engage every type of learning.  This curriculum supports the mission of Ashley Academy to foster curiosity, celebrate creativity, and develop critical thinking skills.  Pre-Kindergarten children use legos to explore together and learn through play.

LIBRARY

The library time promotes quality literature and the appreciation of highly respected children’s authors through read-alouds and book talks.  The library provides access to a variety of information through print materials, videos, and electronic databases.  It supports and supplements instruction in the classroom at all grade levels.

MUSIC

Music at Ashley Academy encompasses learning opportunities and experiences as defined in the Tennessee State Standards.  Students explore the art of music through singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading and notating, listening and analyzing, evaluating, and interdisciplinary connections.  Music class combines foundational knowledge with students’ special interests to promote a lifelong understanding and love of music.

Pre-K music consists of age appropriate, fun activities that include singing, playing classroom instruments, and movement experiences.   Music provides opportunities for growth in socialization skills, self-confidence, verbal and motor skills.  Students in prekindergarten through 5th grade will perform a program in November of each school year.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Ashley students acquire skills, knowledge of games and their rules, and positive attitudes through a variety of physical activities. Manipulative skills, Iocomotor skills, cardiovascular fitness, body management, and cooperative learning are part of the curriculum.

SPANISH

Ashley Academy students are provided opportunities to speak, listen, read and write in a foreign language through the use of games, books, videos, projects, and classroom discussion.  In addition to developing fluency skills, students learn to explore the world through the study of other cultures, thereby expanding and maturing their worldview.

STEM

Students at Ashley Academy will participate in a STEM class each week.  Hands-on experiments in science, technology, engineering, and math are demonstrated and discussed to encourage students to think, explore, and to be innovative.

TECHNOLOGY

Students will access technology devices such as tablets and desktop computers when supervised by an instructor. During this time they will master basic computer and tablet skills including navigation of the device software and its peripheral hardware devices. The emphasis of instruction is on appropriate use of shared devices; during this instruction the students will fortify learning from their classroom with interactive learning tools and programs related to their academic content.

Kindergarten

ENRICHMENT FOR THE CHILD

Ashley Academy realizes that children at the kindergarten level develop at differing rates. Our school allows for this variance by placing strong emphasis on individual strengths and instilling in each child a love for learning. Programs are designed to enrich the whole child, which would include social skills development and early leadership roles.  Classes remain small to guarantee appropriate challenge and maximum success for each student.

preschool-224x300Children are encouraged to develop self-confidence and self-esteem as well as respect for others and their uniqueness. Each child’s emotional, physical, social, and cognitive growth, guided through teacher and child-directed activities, is paramount in the Ashley program. Ashley Academy students enjoy success as they learn and gain confidence in their own abilities.

Kindergarten is a full-day program. A catered lunch is available daily at an additional charge or students may bring their lunch. Students may also bring a morning snack. Ashley recommends that children entering Kindergarten should have had a year of pre-school.

The Ashley Academy faculty is chosen for their ability to understand the needs of children, their enthusiasm and creativity, their academic record, and previous teaching experience.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Through whole group, small group, and individual activities, the exploration of language is guided and cultivated. Forms of instruction and/or activities would include:

  • Group discussions
  • Read-aloud stories of various genres
  • Dramatics
  • Songs
  • Poetry
  • Creative writing
  • Language experience activities
  • Phonics instruction
  • Literature appreciation

Methods such as these are utilized to promote children’s confidence in their emergent reading and writing skills.

MATH

Concepts such as geometric shapes, position, sequence, patterns, comparisons, whole numbers to thirty, sets, time, money, problem solving, fractions, measurements, addition, subtraction, estimation, and simple graphs are presented using manipulatives and group activities. Technology, such as Accelerated Math, is used to differentiate instruction.

SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE

preschool-2-300x224The Kindergarten curriculum includes topics of family, neighborhood, friendships, self, map skills, transportation, other cultures, anatomy, earth, space, and nature. Hands-on activities that stimulate children’s natural curiosity about the world and promotes learning.

ART

Students draw, paint, cut and paste, work with clay and various other media. Through the use of the materials, personal expression is developed. Famous works of art are used to teach color, line, shape, balance, contrast and texture and to promote visual analysis. Art history is also introduced.

LEGO EDUCATION

Lego Education curriculum is a unique instructional tool that is used to engage every type of learning.  This curriculum supports the mission of Ashley Academy to foster curiosity, celebrate creativity, and develop critical thinking skills.   Kindergarten student use legos to explore together and learn through play.

LIBRARY

The library time promotes quality literature and the appreciation of highly respected children’s authors through read-alouds and book talks.  The library provides access to a variety of information through print materials, videos, and electronic databases.  It supports and supplements instruction in the classroom at all grade levels.

MUSIC

Music at Ashley Academy encompasses learning opportunities and experiences as defined in the Tennessee State Standards.  Students explore the art of music through singing, playing instruments, improvising and composing, reading and notating, listening and analyzing, evaluating, and interdisciplinary connections.  Music class combines foundational knowledge with students’ special interests to promote a lifelong understanding and love of music.

Kindergarten music focuses on musical learning experiences by providing lessons that include singing, playing instruments, reading and notating music, dancing and performing songs from different genres and cultures.  Music provides times of student exploration, cooperative learning and many hands-on experiences. Students in prekindergarten through 5th grade will perform a program in November of each school year.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Ashley students acquire skills, knowledge of games and their rules, and positive attitudes through a variety of physical activities. Manipulative skills, Iocomotor skills, cardiovascular fitness, body management, and cooperative learning are part of the curriculum.

SPANISH

Ashley Academy students are provided opportunities to speak, listen, read and write in a foreign language through the use of games, books, videos, projects, and classroom discussion.  In addition to developing fluency skills, students learn to explore the world through the study of other cultures, thereby expanding and maturing their worldview.

STEM

Students at Ashley Academy will participate in a STEM class each week.  Hands-on experiments in science, technology, engineering, and math are demonstrated and discussed to encourage students to think, explore, and to be innovative.

TECHNOLOGY

Students will access technology devices such as tablets and desktop computers when supervised by an instructor. During this time they will master basic computer and tablet skills including navigation of the device software and its peripheral hardware devices.

Elementary (Grades 1 - 3)

Developing a Strong Academic Foundation

In the elementary grades, students develop a strong academic foundation as well as a love for learning. The Ashley Academy elementary program offers excellent preparation for the coming middle school year and beyond.

Creativity, curiosity, responsibility and self-direction are fostered through instruction and curriculum. Activities such as problem-solving, listening and communicating, seeing and understanding are emphasized within the classroom. Curriculum related field trips, videos, and speakers allow students to expand their concept of education beyond the classroom. Small classes offer the opportunity for lasting friendships and ample participation in many hands-on activities.

Our dedicated and caring faculty strives to give students the best possible experience. Conferences can be arranged at regular intervals or at a moment’s notice to promote close working relationships among students, parents, and teachers.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Grammar, handwriting, spelling, creative writing and oral expression are all important components of the Ashley language arts program. Handwriting and spelling are taught using structured multisensory teaching techniques. Grammar skills build on sentence structure, letter and report writing, punctuation and parts of speech. Spelling utilizes appropriate lists of words that teach a specific spelling rule each week.

READING

The reading program is an eclectic program which includes phonics and incorporates whole language techniques with a more traditional approach. A variety of reading experiences introduces students to reading skills through the use of children’s literature and other appropriate material.

MATH

preschool-2-300x224Students begin by studying units on ordering numbers, addition, subtraction, time, money, measurements, fractions, and multiplication. As they progress, concepts include estimation, missing addends, fact families, even and odd numbers, ordinal numbers, expanded multiplication, addition and subtraction, division, and an introduction to geometry. Various types of problem solving skills are used in each unit along with math manipulatives. Mental math and number sense are also taught.  Technology, such as Accelerated Math, is used to differentiate instruction.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Topics include in-depth studies of different communities, self, family, urban and rural lifestyles, production of goods and services, introductions to U.S. and Tennessee history, foreign countries and regions of the earth.

SCIENCE

Students learn about plants, animals, the environment, geology, prehistoric life, heat, light, sound, magnetism, the human body and health, meteorology, energy, matter and electricity, along with many other topics. Hands-on experiments along with thinking and observing skills are emphasized.

ATHLETICS – ASHLEY ACADEMY GRIFFINS

The Ashley Academy athletic program allows students the opportunity to develop self-discipline, as well as leadership and teamwork skills. Participants have the responsibility to practice good sportsmanship and to always give their best.

Students, in grades 1-3, are encouraged to participate the local Parks & Recreation programs.

ART

Students draw, paint, cut and paste, work with clay and various other media. Through the use of the materials, personal expression is developed. Famous works of art are used to teach color, line, shape, balance, contrast and texture and to promote visual analysis. Art history is also introduced.

 LEGO EDUCATION

Lego Education curriculum is a unique instructional tool that is used to engage every type of learning.  This curriculum supports the mission of Ashley Academy to foster curiosity, celebrate creativity, and develop critical thinking skills.  Elementary children will solve problems using the WeDo 2.0 to create and program, Milo, the robot. These hands-on real-world projects will encourage enthusiasm for learning while emphasizing the importance of studying science and mathematics.

LIBRARY

The library time promotes quality literature and the appreciation of highly respected children’s authors through read-alouds and book talks.  The library provides access to a variety of information through print materials, videos, and electronic databases.  It supports and supplements instruction in the classroom at all grade levels.

MUSIC

Music at Ashley Academy encompasses learning opportunities and experiences as defined in the Tennessee State Standards.  Students explore the art of music through singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading and notating, listening and analyzing, evaluating, and interdisciplinary connections.  Music class combines foundational knowledge with students’ special interests to promote a lifelong understanding and love of music.

Elementary music focuses on musical learning experiences by providing lessons that include singing, playing instruments, reading and notating music, dancing and performing songs from different genres and cultures.  Music provides times of student exploration, cooperative learning and many hands-on experiences. Students in prekindergarten through 5th grade will perform a program in November of each school year.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH

Ashley students acquire skills, knowledge of games and their rules, and positive attitudes through a variety of physical activities. Manipulative skills, Iocomotor skills, cardiovascular fitness, body management, and cooperative learning are part of the curriculum.

Health education is taught one day each week.  The curriculum presents the six dimensions of wellness:  physical, emotional, social, intellectual, occupational/financial, and spiritual.

SPANISH

Ashley Academy students are provided opportunities to speak, listen, read and write in a foreign language through the use of games, books, videos, projects, and classroom discussion.  In addition to developing fluency skills, students learn to explore the world through the study of other cultures, thereby expanding and maturing their worldview.

STEM

Students at Ashley Academy will participate in a STEM class each week.  Hands-on experiments in science, technology, engineering, and math are demonstrated and discussed to encourage students to think, explore, and to be innovative.

TECHNOLOGY

Students will access technology devices such as tablets and desktop computers when supervised by an instructor. During this time they will master keyboarding skills, as well as computer file management, and advanced tablet operation. These grades will explore concepts such as word processing, presentations with presentation software, online storage tools, and basic block-script programming languages. All assignments are integrated with their core content when possible, such as typing and editing a hand-written document from their class. The emphasis of instruction is on the long-term use of these technology devices, as learning and work tools for the future.

Intermediate (Grades 4-5)

BUILDING INDEPENDENCE & CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

During the first school years, children develop a strong academic foundation as well as a love for learning. The Ashley Academy elementary program offers excellent preparation for the coming middle school years.

Creativity, curiosity, responsibility and self-direction are fostered through the teachers and curriculum. Activities such as problem-solving, listening and communicating, observing and understanding are emphasized within the classroom. Curriculum related field trips, videos, and speakers allow students to expand their concept of education beyond the classroom. Small classes provide the opportunity for lasting friendships and ample participation in many hands-on activities.

Our dedicated and caring faculty strives to give students the best possible experience. Conferences can be arranged at regular intervals or at a moment’s notice to promote close working relationships among students, parents, and teachers.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Grammar skills, handwriting, spelling, creative writing and oral expression are all important components of the Ashley language arts program. Building upon the basic language skills developed in the lower elementary grades, in 4th and 5th grade we focus on the authentic use of language: reading (informational text and literature), writing (creative and analytical), research and communication.  In addition to the classics, students read newly published literature in the leadup to the ALA Newbery Awards, and all participate in various poetry and essay contests, storytelling workshops inspired by the National Storytelling Festival, and the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

MATH

The 4th and 5th grade math curriculum covers multi-step, critical thinking skills through the utilization and expansion of the basic skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students begin to build a foundation of algebraic and geometric knowledge as they analyze problems and begin to understand how critical parts form inclusive questions and solutions. Students expand this knowledge in cross-curricular project based learning opportunities and applications in Science and Social Studies. Technology, such as Accelerated Math, is used to differentiate instruction. In addition to daily interactions and learning, students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge base through the ETSU MOEMS (Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School) Competition each spring.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The 4th and 5th grade History curriculum covers the past 800 years or so … The Age of Discovery, the Colonization of America, the American Revolution, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution, and so on right up to the present day.  Given that major human developments and movements are often driven (or at least influenced) by geographic factors, we look at world Geography in context as we explore through the historical timeline.  All students participate in a day-long Colonial Reenactment, a wide variety of social studies-themed field trips and the National Geographic Bee.

SCIENCE

The 4th and 5th grade Science curriculum entails inquiry-based learning opportunities involving on- going investigations within and outside the classroom. The learning concepts of Life, Earth/Space, and Physical Science are not limited to a small fraction of time devoted to covering these specific ideas, but are embraced as a whole throughout the school year through the maintenance of animal habitats and animal care, plant cultivation, and engineering projects. This understanding is expanded through field studies and investigations during off campus field trips and forums with guest speakers. Students are encouraged to engage in explorations of topics and collaborate with their peers to develop deeper understandings of the world around them. Participation in the annual Science Fair gives students opportunities to question concepts they find more intriguing, collect and analyze data through experimentation and research, then draw conclusions to support the observations and results they have discovered of the topic. Through the presentations of their projects, students develop stronger communications skills while explaining their findings to peers, judges, and community members. Science is not just a class at Ashley Academy, it’s a daily experience.

ART

Students draw, paint, cut and paste, work with clay and various other media. Through the use of the materials, personal expression is developed. Famous works of art are used to teach color, line, shape, balance, contrast and texture and to promote visual analysis. Art history is also introduced.

ATHLETICS – ASHLEY ACADEMY GRIFFINS

The Ashley Academy athletic program allows students the opportunity to develop self-discipline, as well as leadership and teamwork skills. Participants have the responsibility to practice good sportsmanship and to always give their best.

Students, in grades 4 – 8, can participate in Cross Country in the fall, as well as Track & Field in the spring. 

LEGO EDUCATION

int-imageLego Education curriculum is a unique instructional tool that is used to engage every type of learning.  This curriculum supports the mission of Ashley Academy to foster curiosity, celebrate creativity, and develop critical thinking skills.  Intermediate students will solve problems using Mindstorms EV3 to create and program the robot.  The Mindstorm program is used to build students’ confidence to ask questions and to solve problems.  Lego Education encourages students to be innovative.

MUSIC

Music at Ashley Academy encompasses learning opportunities and experiences as defined in the Tennessee State Standards.  Students explore the art of music through singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading and notating, listening and analyzing, evaluating, and interdisciplinary connections.  Music class combines foundational knowledge with students’ special interests to promote a lifelong understanding and love of music.  Students in prekindergarten through 5th grade will perform a program in November of each school year.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH

Ashley students acquire skills, knowledge of games and their rules, and positive attitudes through a variety of physical activities. Manipulative skills, Iocomotor skills, cardiovascular fitness, body management, and social interaction are part of the curriculum.

Health education is taught one day each week.  The curriculum presents the six dimensions of wellness:  physical, emotional, social, intellectual, occupational./financial, and spiritual.

SPANISH

Ashley Academy students are provided opportunities to speak, listen, read and write in a foreign language through the use of games, books, videos, projects, and classroom discussion.  In addition to developing fluency skills, students learn to explore the world through the study of other cultures, thereby expanding and maturing their worldview.

TECHNOLOGY

Students will access technology devices such as windows desktops and mac laptops when supervised by an instructor. During this time they will complete both academic and technology based assignments that are integrated across multiple contents. These grades will further apply their tool and typing skills from previous grades in a variety of applications, and will advance their coding knowledge with further exploration of block-script programming language.

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Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)

Developing Creative, Well-rounded Individuals

 

ms-image-1The faculty and staff at Ashley Academy believe that each student is a unique individual with talent and potential unlike that of any other student. Encouraging students to develop and display self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, creativity, moral strength, and leadership ability is primary. Students learn best in a happy, nurturing atmosphere that values individual expression and independence of thought and teaches self-discipline, responsibility, and respect for others.

To meet our high academic standards, our middle school have an outstanding faculty. A stimulating curriculum is offered in small classes. The program allows students to work with teachers who are experts in their fields while stressing the importance of a strong foundation in the basic tenets of learning and an appreciation for the arts.

Ashley Academy believes that parents are an integral part of the learning process. The Administration and faculty solicit their support and participation whenever possible. Close communication between home and school is invaluable, and teachers are readily available for conferences.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Ashley schedules language arts to include grammar, creative writing, literature, vocabulary and spelling. Classes focus on the development of skills for effective communication and critical thinking in a variety of styles and settings. Literature encompasses the work of major American and English authors, as well as our very own Ashley students. Public speaking, monthly book reports, poetry, storytelling, research and writing skills, and extensive vocabulary building are important components of the courses offered.

MATH

Students review and expand mathematical concepts and operations each year. Depending on readiness and teacher recommendation, pre-algebra is offered as early as 6th grade. Problem solving, mental math, and “real life” application are all part of the program. Some students have completed levels as high as Algebra I or Geometry upon entering high school.  Technology, such as Accelerated Math, is used to differentiate instruction.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The curriculum in social studies consists of the following: Ancient Civilizations and Medieval History, World History, Tennessee History, U.S. History, and World Geography. Students participate in a wide range of interesting and thought-provoking projects including the construction of models and dioramas, developing and acting in mock historic events, and in conducting individual in-depth research that results in written papers, artistic projects, and oral presentations.

SCIENCE

Ashley students study life, earth, and physical sciences at advanced levels. Scientific concepts and processes are explored through hands-on activities, creative problem solving, and the use of technology within the context of local, national and global studies. Field trips are used to reinforce classroom instruction and promote interest in science related careers. All middle school students participate in our annual science fair to promote creativity, ingenuity, and problem-solving skills.

ART

The art program provides exposure to art history, art appreciation, and the use of various media. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on activities, discussions, original work, and a variety of visual materials. The goals of the art program are to acquaint students with many art concepts and themes, to encourage experimentation in various media, and to promote understanding and appreciation for art in general.

 ATHLETICS – ASHLEY ACADEMY GRIFFINS

ms-scienceThe Ashley Academy athletic program allows students the opportunity to develop self-discipline, as well as leadership and teamwork skills. Participants have the responsibility to practice good sportsmanship and to always give their best.

Students, in grades 4 – 8, can participate in Cross Country in the fall, as well as Track & Field in the spring. 

LEGO EDUCATION

Lego Education curriculum is a unique instructional tool that is used to engage every type of learning.  This curriculum supports the mission of Ashley Academy to foster curiosity, celebrate creativity, and develop critical thinking skills.  Middle school students will solve problems using Mindstorms EV3 to create and program the robot.  The Mindstorms program is used to build students’ confidence to ask questions and to solve problems.  Lego Education encourages students to be innovative.

MUSIC

Music at Ashley Academy encompasses learning opportunities and experiences as defined in the Tennessee State Standards.  Students explore the art of music through singing, playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading and notating, listening and analyzing, evaluating, and interdisciplinary connections.  Music class combines foundational knowledge with students’ special interests to promote a lifelong understanding and love of music.

Middle school music builds on foundational knowledge of music. The students’ ability to read and notate rhythm will evolve into improvising, creating and composing.  Through study of music history, students will learn evaluating, listening and analyzing skills.  In the spring, a performance by our middle school students provides an opportunity to showcase musical abilities, which will in turn enhance self-confidence, self-esteem and creativity.  The underlying element in middle school music will be each student’s musical interest and a pathway to lifelong involvement and love of music.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH

The physical education program emphasizes sportsmanship, teamwork, and fair play. Students acquire basic fundamental skills, knowledge of games and their rules, and positive attitudes through a variety of physical activities. Manipulative skills, locomotor skills, cardiovascular fitness, body management, and cooperative learning are all part of the curriculum.

Health education is taught one day each week.  The curriculum presents the six dimensions of wellness:  physical, emotional, social, intellectual, occupational/financial, and spiritual.

SPANISH

Ashley Academy students are provided opportunities to speak, listen, read and write in a foreign language through the use of games, books, videos, projects, and classroom discussion.  In addition to developing fluency skills, students learn to explore the world through the study of other cultures, thereby expanding and maturing their worldview.

TECHNOLOGY

Students will access technology devices such as windows desktops and mac laptops when supervised by an instructor. During this time they will complete both academic and technology based assignments that are integrated across multiple contents. These grades will complete complex projects, and will have the opportunity to customize several projects towards their personal learning interest. After these students have mastered all typing, basic applications, and coding courses offered online; learning activities will be selected for enrichment and further development of the individual student’s technology skills.