Advanced Scholars Academy (ASA): The Advanced Scholars Academy (ASA) at Sandra Dunagan Deal Elementary is an innovative program of choice that seeks self- motivated, passionate students. A rigorous, personalized, and authentic learning experience has been carefully and deliberately created to meet the needs of the individual learner. The faculty and staff of ASA recognize that all children come to school with different levels of prior knowledge, skills, interests, and needs. ASA is eager to design customized schedules and instruction to better serve the unique needs of each student.
ASA will develop learning experiences that use the Georgia Standards of Excellence as the core knowledge for integrated thematic units of study which promote inquiry, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. Project based learning will utilize a personalized learning platform that will reflect both a student’s interests and learning style as they research, explore, and discover. Students will have enrichment activities extending beyond the traditional classroom into the community. Effective communication, both oral and written, is a necessary component. Students will be given opportunities to showcase their work and will be required to articulate understanding to real world audiences.
In addition to a curriculum with high expectations, it is the desire of ASA to develop the whole child. The staff is committed to producing well rounded students who also exhibit exemplary character and citizenship. Character development will be purposeful and practiced daily to nurture high standards in regards to respect and manners. All students will be part of community service learning. One of the most essential components of ASA will be a commitment from parents to be engaged in the entire learning process as valued partners and volunteers.