The Anderson Private School adheres to the principles of the Autonomous Learner Model (George T. Betts):

  • The emphasis is placed on the emotional, social and cognitive development of the individual.
  • A positive self-esteem is encouraged and facilitated.
  • Social skills are developed and enhanced.
  • Much of the curriculum is based on the interests of the students.
  • Students are involved in guided open-ended learning experiences.
  • The responsibilities for learning are placed on learners.
  • Students need and are provided experiences which allow them to become life-long learners.
  • Teachers are mentors and facilitators of the learning process as well as dispensers of knowledge.
  • Learning is cross-disciplinary.
  • Students develop appropriate questioning techniques.
  • Varied responses are sought from students.
  • Content topics are broad based, with emphasis on major themes, current events, problems, issues and ideas.
  • Time and space restrictions are removed for in-depth learning.
  • Students develop new and unique products.
  • Students use varied resources in the development of independent studies.
  • Cultural activities provide new and unique growth experiences.
  • Seminars and in-depth studies are essential components of the learning process.
  • Completion and presentation of studies are integral in the learning process.
  • Mentorships provide adult role models, active support and individual instruction and facilitation.
  • Higher level thinking skills are integrated, re-enforced and demonstrated in the learning process.

Seven days without laughter makes one weak
– Joel Goodman