The Middle School years are that special time in a student's life when the true sense of independence begins to emerge. At ACA, middle school is the time when students are taught not only to focus on academic excellence in learning but they are taught manage their learning through a process known as metacognition. Students learn to 'think about their thinking' and proactively consider how they learn. Students are taught to become engaged in the learning process and predict success and begin to compare what they predict to their actual success. They are then taught strategies based on their individual learning styles that will allow them to close any gaps between their predictions of success and actual performance.
Spiritually, we spend a great deal of time living and working outside our comfort zones in order to intentionally learn to depend on the Holy Spirit. Learning to trust Jesus in challenging situations in one of the most important spiritual skills we can teach a teenage student. At ACA, we assist students in developing a lifelong skill that includes dependency on Jesus when they are living and working outside their comfort zones in their work for Him.