Family

Family

When a student feels over whelmed, frustrated, anxious, and unable to succeed like their peers in school the entire family is negatively impacted. ACA knows that a child is not made up merely of their acadaemic ability however, when a student struggles the family is affected the most due to the compexity of dealing with child as well as trying to figure out what their child needs and where to get what they need.  So many families describe the nightmare of homework and/or all the additional work a child with dyslexia must do just to barely keep up with their school work.  If a child is behind and the family seeks academic help there is additional cost as well as extra time added to an already tight family schedule.  If a student is pulled out  for "special services" at their school they may feel "dumb" or "stupid" instead of being among peers who have the same struggles.  A student who academically feels less than their peers is at risk for depression.  Just because a student can not learn like everyone else doesn't mean they can not learn, it just means they need a different way to learn.  Families need to feel empowed and educated in regards to their child's ability to gain the skills and confidence to succeed.
 
At ACA our students are engaged and work at a challenged level all day long duing the school day so there is no need for hours of homework .  We believe afterschool is time for families to have fun together, be a part of sports or other hobbies, play together inside and  outside where they can enjoy the beauty of God  that surrounds all of us.  Our students need down time to relax, rest and restore before they start the next day of instruction.  A family can address social emotional and pragmatic skills by having the opportunity to be a family, not the teacher, tutor, or therapist.

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