Welcome Message from the Principal
Welcome from the Principal: Leslie Paynter (VAES)
To all our Voyager families: Thank you for choosing Voyager Academy and welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!
We are confident that your students will enjoy a year of learning that excites, fascinates, challenges, and fosters creativity and independence. We are confident because Voyager is committed to practicing the principles of Project Based Learning (PBL) and Responsive Classroom. PBL addresses each student's cognitive growth through assignments that develop higher order thinking, require research and experimentation, and teach critical academic skills and knowledge. Responsive classroom practices address each student's social and emotional growth by providing opportunities for self-expression, teamwork, discussion, and a chance to talk with caring adults about personal interests and concerns. Together PBL and Responsive Classroom practices provide the best opportunity for learning and overall growth while encouraging curiosity, creativity, and a zest for life.
Voyager's past successes inspired our Board of Directors to provide a K-12 program. The opportunity to educate students from the beginning of their formal education until they are ready to move on to college or other post-secondary options is incredible. Incredible because students will benefit from an educational philosophy that is consistent throughout and that offers increasing challenges as they grow and mature. Incredible because teachers work in an environment that offers them the ability to plan curriculum longitudinally (K-12) as well as horizontally across subject areas. Incredible because our family/school partnership will be strengthened as students and their parents/guardians gain experience working with the Board of Directors and staff to guide Voyager to greater heights. This year, Voyager Academy will be a full K-12 school!
We enter this new year with energy and optimism because we know that Voyager families share our enthusiasm and abiding belief that Voyager Academy will provide every student not only with a first rate education, but also with a home away from home, one that they will talk about and tell stories about for the rest of their lives.