Multi-age education allows learners to work on skills and concepts relative to where they fall in the learning continuum, regardless of age. This approach also facilitates great social interaction between older and younger learners and promotes leadership and positive social-emotional behaviors. Older learners may model problem solving and communication skills for their younger peers, and in some cases, the roles are reversed! In addition, multi-age education allows many learners to spend two consecutive years with the same facilitator, creating seamless transitions from one year to the next. Because half the class returns for the second year, classroom culture, procedures, and expectations are already understood and integrated early in the school year.
Emerging research suggests that educational environments comprised of two or more grades allow learners the flexibility to progress at their own pace along a continuum of achievement. In light of this, select grade levels at SCVi are multi-age environments.