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The mission of Laurus Academy is to create an academically enriching school community to give children the opportunity to exceed in school, higher learning and in life
Laurus Academy is located in Southfield, Michigan. The academy is managed by National Heritage Academies (NHA) which was founded in 1995. Laurus Academy opened its doors in August, 2005, to provide a challenging academic curriculum to students in grades K-6. By adding one grade level per year, the school now services students in Grades K-8 in an environment that fosters social and academic growth and which actively engages parents as partners in the educational program.
Laurus Academy offers an academically challenging, character-based education. The school-day begins each morning with a Moral Focus assembly in which students are provided with speakers, activities, and motivational events that are geared to encourage positive character development. The Laurus Student Creed itself states: "I am a Laurus student. I strive to achieve academic excellence. I exemplify high moral character. I work diligently to prepare for the future. I know that my success in school and life is dependent on my own efforts and the choices I make." Laurus Academy provides an academic curriculum that is rigorous and challenging and which includes Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. In addition, the curriculum is enhanced with Art, Music, Technology, and Physical Education.
Laurus students are provided with instruction that is student-centered and data-driven. Students are administered the state MEAP assessment at the start of each school year. In addition, they are tested in the fall, winter and spring, using the Northwest Evaluation Assessment Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA). The NWEA is norm-referenced test that allows us to track the progress of our students against the national population. It also allows us to quickly identify the needs of our students and to provide academic interventions in a timely manner.
Laurus Academy staff, parents, administration and Board of Directors are committed to providing each student with a learning environment that enables each child to reach his/her highest social and academic potential.
- John Joyner
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