No grade classes but core groups
At the Steve JobsSchools there are no Grade classes like in traditional schools but core groups of approximately 18 – 25 children with an age difference of 1 to 3 years. Older children are encouraged to be leaders and to help the younger ones. The Core Group is the child’s ‘family group’ within the school and take care of each other in many different ways. From the Core class children attend workshops and lessons in other classes with children who are on the same level as them in the particular subject.
No permanent teacher, but coaches and subject specialists
Just as in secondary school, children get their instruction from different subject professionals instead of only one permanent teacher.
Your child will have a permanent Core Teacher and class where his school day will start. The Core Teacher has a number of functions. For starters he or she is the permanent contact person and counsellor for you and your child. The coach also keeps track of your child’s progression. Every 6-8 weeks the Core Teacher will meet with you and your child to discuss his Individual Development Plan, learning goals and performance over the past 6 weeks.
Independant Learning Plans
One of the main features of the Steve JobsSchools are that every learner has an Individual Development Plan that makes it possible for each child to work on his own level at his own pace while his progress is monitored and tracked by his Coaches.
An average day
A typical day at a SteveJobs School in South Afrika look like this:
07.30-8.00 Core group
16-25 children with an age difference of 1-3 years. The Core teacher focusses on emotional well-being of all Learners in Core Group.
Learners pick up their individual instructions from a subject specialist in, among others, the Language studio, the Math studio, Discovery Centre or Science Lab. They settle down and work at their own level and at their own speed.
Math, Language and Subject Instruction workshops in various studios and on various skill levels.
Science, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Art and Math-thru-lego workshops in different studios for different skill levels.
Physical Development. Children take part in a variety of sports by professional coaches and instructors.
12.00-13.00 Art Workshops, Projects, Independant work
Lego Maths, Entrepreneurship/Independent work, Technology.
13.00-13.30 Core Group
The day will be closed off in the Core group.
Team Sport Practise, Extra-cirricular activities or Aftercare