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Academics

Bannister’s educational program is patterned after the classical educational program called the Trivium. A classical education is a three-part process of training the mind.

Paideia is a set of beliefs about education including active and rigorous teaching methods Paideia is a holistic approach to life-long learning with roots in ancient Greece. 

The study of Latin teaches students how to think critically and analytically, and how to handle concepts with ease. 

 

K-12 Program

K-12 Education lays down the cornerstones for fundamental language and critical thinking skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K12 Program

At the bottom of the school’s heraldry is Transcendere – “to surmount” or “to overcome”. To achieve this, we expose our students to an education that is firmly grounded on the Humanities or Classical Education.

Our students see the best and worst of man through his actions in time (History), his thoughts and desires immortalized in writing (Literature), and his creativity and greatness in Art. 

These fields permeate all the disciplines taught in the school, whether they be of a liberal or practical nature. The modern application of this thinking is known as the Paideia Principle. 

 

Preschool

Bannister Academy’s Preschool provides a nurturing environment for children as they strive towards early developmental milestones. Using a thematic approach, our preschool students engage in activities that increase their literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and general knowledge skills. Consistent with our educational vision, emphasis is placed on engaging students in active learning to create a smooth transition into the school’s elementary program. 

The class time in preschool is divided to the following activities: 

 

Settling In 

Students get to practice tracing on writing their name and then play with their chosen toy.

Circle Time 1 

Students learn fundamental lessons through dancing and singing.

Story Time 

Students get to practice explore their imagination through stories read by the teacher.

Specials 

Hands-on learning of different subject matter is carried out, and includes Math, Science, Reading, Filipino, and Social Studies.

Snack Time 

Snacks give students a chance to develop their self-help skills.

Center Time

The teacher introduces a concept and the students are able to exercise critical thinking.

Center Time 2

Coaching happens as well as active exploration of different centers in the classroom.

Play Time 

Gross motor skills are enhanced and socio-emotional development is promoted.

Change and Rest 

Students learn how to dress up, care for themselves, and value the importance of rest.

Recap and Goodbye 

Lessons are reviewed before they leave school.

Each activity is designed to keep the preschoolers engaged throughout their half-day class. They learn how to socialize, do basic academic skills, and take care of themselves (doing certain tasks like changing clothes, tying their laces, etc.). Throughout all these activities, the children are assisted by their teacher and a Teacher AIDE. 

Elementary

Our gradeschool lays down the cornerstones for fundamental language and critical thinking skills. Emphasis is therefore placed on developing critical thinking and effective communication skills among students through active learning.

The small class sized allows our teachers to devote more individual attention to our students, providing a solid academic foundation in a personalized and caring learning environment.

 

 

Primary School (Grade 1-4)

Subjects in Grade School: Language, Reading, Math, Science, Filipino, Social Studies, P.E., Arts. This is the main division followed by all the levels until Junior High School.

Intermediate School (Grade 5-7)

In Intermediate School, subjects are taught with a focus on the dialectic or logic stage. Here, students learn to manipulate concepts by connecting ones they have already mastered with new ones they will encounter, bridging the gap between different levels of learning.

High School

Our grade school lays down the cornerstones for fundamental language and critical thinking skills. Emphasis is therefore placed on developing critical thinking and effective communication skills among students through active learning.

The small class sized allows our teachers to devote more individual attention to our students, providing a solid academic foundation in a personalized and caring learning environment.

 

 

Junior High School (Grade8-10)

In Junior High School, subjects are taught with an emphasis on the rhetoric stage, where students are taught how to process previously learned concepts and to express them with clarity, both in speech and in writing.

Students learn to argue and discuss, listen to and process ideas. Mastery is shown in how well students know subject matters as evidenced by how well they can explain and how they can understand ideas.

Senior High School (Grade 11-12)

For Senior High School, please click on this: IB Diploma Programme.