Preparing for one's future requires the development of many skills as well as the harnessing of passions and interests to create motivation. At NSA, we incorporate executive functioning skills into many of our activities and processes. Sparking interest and emotional connection, setting goals, planning actions, organizing materials, managing time, following through, self-monitoring and changing course as needed, and achieving results are the keys to successful executive function. By practicing these skills with scaffolding and support, students learn much more than they would if we were "teaching" these skills as regular academic skill class.
To prepare for one's future, a student:
New Summit Academy's SCAFA (Self, Community and Future Assessment©) is the product of years of experience and research that resulted in the development of our tool to assess individual growth based on integrated holistic goals. Development began after exploring and attempting to find a measurement of growth that was strengths-based and holistic rather than overly focused on reduction of negative symptoms. A multi-disciplinary committee at NSA developed our own assessment which attempts to measure growth and progress in various categories of self, community and future preparation. Please see the SCAFA page (Current Parents) for more details.