Parents interested in learning about the educational programs at Ramona Community are invited to Parent Information Night on Thursday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s Multipurpose Room.
A part of the Ramona Unified School District, Ramona Community School is at 1010 Ramona St. and offers alternative educational styles. Unlike the school district’s traditional schools where enrollment is based on where students live, families must submit applications during the open enrollment period to be considered for enrollment in Ramona Community.
Ramona Community School is accepting requests for enrollment for the 2012-13 school year for its two programs: Montessori Academy (K-8th) and Mountain Valley Academy (K-12th). As part of the Ramona public school system, enrollment in Ramona Community is free.
Although applications will continue to be accepted through June, the “Priority Enrollment Window” closes on Friday, April 13.
Montessori Academy is a K-8th grade program based on the theory and teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. The curriculum is fully aligned to California Content Standards but guided in a non-traditional learning environment.
“It is our mission to be a peaceful, nurturing community where children grow academically and socially through the mastery of real life skills and knowledge,” states a statement from the school. “We encourage students to become independent thinkers, engaged learners, and positive contributors to our society by showing responsibility for each other and the world around them. Students who find success in this program are those who can learn to manage their time and attention, make productive choices, and thrive in a busy classroom.
“Montessori is a family choice, and best supports the child whose parents are supportive of and involved in the philosophy of Montessori education.”
Mountain Valley Academy is a K-12th grade independent study program. MVA offers a California Content Standards-based curriculum that is customized to meet the unique needs of individual students.
Students have the option of a total home study program or one that blends the best of both home and classroom learning, including an option for online high school courses. In the “blended” option, students attend class two or more days a week and complete research/project-based assignments outside of class.
“Our program offers a variety of optional field trips and hands-on activities for social interaction and community-based learning,” reads a statement from the school. “Parents meet regularly with teaching staff to discuss student progress and plan curricular objectives.
“Our high school program is fully WASC accredited, offering honors and a number of advanced placement courses.”
Students can also take community college courses for dual credit.
“We are proud of our history in having graduates accepted to many of our nation’s finest universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Duke, U.S. Air Force Academy, University of California campuses, and many other excellent higher education and career preparation institutions,” the statement continues.
The Montessori Academy welcomes applicants from outside of Ramona, and the Mountain Valley Academy can also extend enrollment opportunity to families living in adjacent counties (Imperial, Riverside, Orange).
Those interested in receiving more information about the programs at Ramona Community are encouraged to attend Parent Information Night, call the school office at 760-787-3600 or to visit www.ramonausd.net.