2200 W. 22nd St. Anderson, IN 46016
765-649-8472 – Option 3
A note from the desk of Captain Adam Fraley--Elementary Principal / Assistant to the Commandant
At APA Elementary, we are focused on meeting the needs of the whole-child by using a holistic approach to working with our cadets. We cultivate scholars by using a rotational learning model that allows us to address the individual academic needs of each cadet. Throughout the day Cadets progress through digital curricula designed to meet cadets at their “just-right” levels, direct instruction provided by the teacher through small group lessons, and project based learning. Students are able to engage in a robust, diverse, and inclusive academic experience driven by our new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) initiative both in the classrooms and our new state of the art MakerSpace (STEAM lab).
In addition, we believe that social-emotional learning (SEL) is as important as our academic content. We incorporate the Indiana Department of Education’s SEL competencies into our daily classroom routines. We empower leaders by using The Leader in Me curriculum which immerses cadets in learning and applying important leadership skills, such as organizational strategies, how to collaborate with others, and how to self-advocate as they learn and master The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. The Leader in Me helps establish the foundation for the military-style culture (that leads to a greater focus in the Pre-Academy and Academy) by incorporating leadership traits and strategies as well as helps student prepare to be valuable members of their community. APA handles cadet behavior through restorative practices, which includes self-reflection and regulation, as well teaches students strategies to create positive, long-lasting change and instills core values in our cadets. We use a logical consequence approach when applying discipline strategies to ensure cadets are learning and growing through their mistakes.
APA Elementary works hard every day with our cadets to accomplish our vision. Cultivate Scholars. Empower Leaders. Instill Core Values.
Captain Adam Fraley
Additional Exciting News coming out of the elementary this year.
Elementary Neuroscience Education
Lt. Betty VanAlstyne (Advanced Educational Neuroscience Certification) (Click Here) to contact Lt. VanAlstyne.
Description: The elementary school is providing a Neuroscience class as part of the fine arts schedule. Students K-5 are getting the opportunity to learn about their brain, how it functions, and why it matters to them. Students understand why they respond the way they do, and how they can take control of their emotions and behavior. They are also learning how they can make changes thanks to neuroplasticity. Anderson Preparatory Academy has the first ever Neuroscience class at an elementary level. We are seeing amazing results and look forward to seeing how the students blossom from this new knowledge.
Description: My name is Mrs. Simmet and am the Reading Club Teacher. We work on various reading skills using multisensory learning methods. Some of our favorite activities are shaving cream writing, rice writing, magnet letter word building, Seuss Sound Block word building and sound stretching. Our students connect their reading and writing skills through these fun hands-on activities.