Kanawha Christian Academy finds success with experimental method of education

Second Grade teacher Bailey Gare works with a student with her reading assignment. The student is using a tool that allows her voice to travel to her ear and help her retain information better.

Curran McLaughlin | The Leader

Dr. Frederick Umar helps out a high school student with her assignment.

Curran McLaughlin | The Leader

Inside the rooms of Kanawha Christian Academy, high school students sit quietly at computers.

            One may think that the students are in study hall as some get up to speak with teacher and school administrator Dr. Frederick Umar or to converse with their classmates while some sit with headphones in, possibly enjoying a snack while working on assignments.

            But, for the most part, this is the typical structure for a day of a KCA high school student.

            There’s no lecturing from Umar.

            There’s no set schedule outside of starting the day with bible study and planned time for activities.

            Students are given the expectations of course work to finish for the day and are virtually given the entire day to complete it.

            It’s up to the student in terms of how much time is spent on each assignment and what order they’re completed.

            Every hour the students are given breaks where they can get up and walk around or find other ways to relax in-between work.

            Any student who doesn’t complete an assignment to satisfaction isn’t failed on it but told to redo the assignment.

            It’s radically different from the idea of how schools are supposed to operate.

            Starting in the Fall, Kanawha Christian Academy has established a new system in educating its children.

Read the complete story in the Nov. 28 Leader.