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Our Learning Model

Competency-based learning is about helping students master specific skills while considering their unique needs and interests. It's not a new idea—teachers and researchers like John Dewey (1859-1952), Maria Montessori (1870-1952), and Jean Piaget (1896-1980) have long believed in focusing on each student's individual learning style.

Today, competency-based learning challenges traditional schooling by putting personalized growth front and center. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, students get a customized learning path that suits them best. Unlike the traditional learning model, where time in class matters most, this method prioritizes skill mastery. Learners move forward only when they've really grasped a skill, taking as much time as they need. This flexibility helps them understand concepts deeply and remember them better.

In competency-based learning, assessment isn't just about tests and grades. It's a continuous process measuring how well students master specific skills. Regular feedback and different kinds of assessments help track progress. Additionally, there's a greater focus on applying what they've learned to real-life situations, making the learning experience more meaningful.

For families, competency-based learning means being actively involved in their child's education journey. Families play a key role in their child's success by talking with teachers and supporting learning at home. Understanding how competency-based learning works gives families the tools to help their learner thrive to meet life’s challenges, head-on.

To learn more about our K-8 district instructional model, please take a moment to review the presentation provided below. Feel free to reach out to your learner's school if you have any further questions.

Portrait of a Susquehanna Township Graduate