Brain Zone Private School

The mission of our private school is to empower every student to:

  • ​Develop strong skills for academic and life success.
  • ​Develop a life-long love of learning.
  • ​Have strong self-worth, confidence.
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    ​Be at the top of their game cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically.
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    ​Learn to be “the boss of their brain”-- to make wise choices, have good self-management, and have emotional control.
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    ​Develop skills for greater thinking— to problem-solve, analyze, weigh options, innovate, and achieve.
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    ​Increase inner strength and the ability to “Stand up and Speak up”.
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    ​Contribute at home, school, and in the community.
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    ​Experience joy and gratitude and live their greatest possibilities.
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    ​Incorporate the C.A.R.E. Approach (Consider; Accept; Relate; Empower)—a way of thinking, feeling, and doing that brings out the best in people and life.
Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face.”
—Nelson Mandela

Up to the Challenge

Our children are living in an increasingly challenging world. Brain Zone Private School is designed to give children the knowledge, skills, and resilience to meet challenges with success. Brain Zone views success as: "Accomplishing those things that lead to progress, contribution, fulfillment and joy in life".

Brain Zone implements the following elements needed for each student to achieve greater success in school and, most importantly, in life.

  • ​Small class sizes— ​only 8-12 students in each class, along with one-on-one and small group instruction.
  • ​Individualized Curriculum— ​​based on each student’s individual skill level, strengths and needs. Whether your child is struggling or is bored because of not being challenged, our individualized curriculum will meet his/her needs.
  • ​Whole-brain teaching— ​which increases critical thinking and the ability to problem-solve, analyze, weigh choices, innovate, create, and achieve.
  • A stimulating environment, activities, and learning— ​to enhance​ NEUROGENESIS  (birth of new brain cells) and NEUROPLASTICITY  (the brain’s ability to rewire itself and form new neural connections).
  • ​Active, enjoyable learning— instead of “drill-based”, monotonous, lecture-in/regurgitate-out learning.
  • A stress-free environment ​We help your child “stretch”, without feeling stressed.
  • Ongoing assessments ​of your child’s progress combined with any needed modifications. These assessments help us create a curriculum for your child that fills in any learning gaps.
  • No homework!!!— ​We give tips for “life-learning” that you can incorporate. This replaces homework melt-downs with enjoyable, meaningful learning activities.
  • Learning that increases the brain’s “executive function” skills— Brain power is usually correlated to intelligence and knowledge. But what really sets a child up for learning life skills—even being happy—is a set of abilities called executive functioning. Executive functioning breaks down into four general skills:
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    Attention—focusing, sustaining attention, and shifting it when you need to.
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    Impulse control—the ability to think before you do or say something.
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    Working memory — the ability to hold and retrieve information.
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    Planning plan and organize to carry out actions to achieve a goal or solve a problem, and adjusting those plans if needed.

Ehancing the Five Intelligences

Intelligence isn't limited to academic intelligence. There are FIVE intelligences. Academic Intelligence can help an individual excel in school, and other similar situations. However, to excel in life, in addition to academic intelligence, a person also needs emotional, social, self, and life intelligences:

  • ​Academic Intelligence— ​​the ability to do well in school and similar situations.
  • ​Emotional Intelligence— ​​​intelligence related to emotional regulation, perseverance, handling emotions in a positive way, resilience, inner strength, and so forth.
  • ​​Social Intelligence— ​​possessing the knowledge and skills for positive social interactions and relationships. Research shows that social success is one of the greatest predictors of happiness and well-being. It also shows that the absence of positive social interactions is linked to negative consequences, such as withdrawal, loneliness, depression, feelings of anxiety, lowered self-esteem and difficulty at school, work, and home.
  • ​"Self" Intelligence ​a high level of self-awareness, self-esteem, confidence, self-management, self-motivation; and the ability to achieve his/her greatest possibilities in life.
  • ​​Life Intelligence—​the knowledge and skills for being successful in life—goal setting and achieving, planning ahead, common sense, "street smarts", understanding how life works, and the ability to make the most of life.

​Lectures and Worksheets ​

Although a portion of our school day includes lessons and worksheets, more of the day is spent doing learning activities, projects, and games. Lectures and worksheets only involve one part of the brain and focus mainly on the cognitive skill of memory. In order to utilize all of the brain’s cognitive abilities, an important component of Brain Zone Private School’s curriculum is “hands on” learning activities, projects, and games. This is important because while participating in these enjoyable activities, students:

  • ​Get endorphins going—and “when endorphins are flowing, learning is growing”.
  • ​Enhance all areas of their brain—increasing skills in memory, sequencing, observation, problem-solving, listening, wise-decision making, empathy, resilience, emotional control, impulse control, creativity, and many other brain-related skills.
  • ​Enhance neurogenesis (grow of new brain cells) and neuroplasticity (strengthening  and creating new neuropathways and circuits.)
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    ​Increase the ability to be flexible and deal with different ways of doing and thinking.
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    ​Solve problems both with materials and with people.
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    ​Work as a team, cooperate with others, and increase other social skills.
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    ​Work through their feelings in creative ways.
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    ​​Increase sense of competence.
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    ​Enhance life-success skills.
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    ​Help them see the importance of positive social interactions and help them develop greater empathy and consideration..
It's vital that when we our educating our children's brains we do not fail to educate their hearts."
—Dalai Lama