Maximum Challenge® means that each child is challenged at the maximum level appropriate for that child. Students are grouped by skill level (rather than age or grade level) in each core subject. Once a student has registered, one-on-one evaluations are administered for math, reading, spelling, and composition. Then the student is programmed for the levels that will best challenge him/her. For example a 4th grade student may be placed in 5th grade reading and 3rd grade math. This skill-based placement allows all students (from gifted to special needs) to be challenged appropriately.
Maximum Challenge® also creates an environment of acceptance and familial unity. Skill-based placement creates class groupings that contain students of various ages and learning styles. Thus a 4th grade math class might have a gifted 3rd grader and an autistic 6th grader. Students come to appreciate and learn from each others’ strengths and weaknesses. At All Saints, compassion is “caught” and celebrated. Students quickly learn and embrace the true meaning of justice, which is that each is given what one needs and not necessarily the exact same thing. For example, in composition class, one student may be assigned 2 paragraphs and another student more, due to each child’s individual needs. Students recognize the needs of others and are called to reach out to them.
Maximum Challenge® is further promoted through the following: