Our teachers are experienced professionals, trained to guide your child’s emotional and intellectual development. To maintain a high level of professionalism, AppleTree Academy provides regular, continuing education training for all our teachers and staff. In every classroom, lead teachers direct your child’s daily experience of educational play and learning.
Our lead teachers are your primary partners in guiding your child’s attainment of an independent, self-confident, creative and inquisitive appreciation of the world. Your child will be cared for, instructed by and interact primarily with their classroom’s lead teacher and their classroom’s assistant teachers throughout the day. At AppleTree Academy, the ratio of teachers and assistant teachers to children meets or exceeds the Illinois licensing requirements, and during our core hours of care and instruction we do not engage in the “ratio game,” where classrooms are combined and children moved from teacher to teacher in order to minimize staff throughout the day. Your child benefits significantly from teacher-student relationships that such consistency provides.
AppleTree Academy uses the Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool (Creative Curriculum) to appraise children’s cognitive, social, and physical developmental progress. Creative Curriculum is an organizational and assessment tool that complements and enhances our child-centered, play-based curricula. The Creative Curriculum system involves six easy steps to monitor, evaluate, and document each child’s growth and progress. The result is an individualized portfolio for your child used to determine appropriate instructional material and practices, according to their individual stage of development.
Parents are apprised of their child’s daily experience and activities at AppleTree Academy through periodic, real-time updates from classroom teachers via our app-based communication platform, HiMamma. Parents are provided a password protected account through which they can conveniently receive daily sheets, photos, emails, and other real-time information on their mobile device.