Student learning experiences throughout the year focused on community engagement
Regional Services and Education Center (RSEC) helps students to understand their learning challenges. The RSEC Academy Middle School educates students in grades 5 through 8 in a personalized, competency-based learning environment that thrives on project-based and social emotional learning.
The RSEC Academy Middle School focuses on creating an environment for students that allows them to “learn to do.” This environment offers hands-on, minds on learning experiences for students that aim to increase their skills in critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, motivation, communication and cooperation.
Each year, RSEC Academy Middle School chooses an educational theme to focus on. This year’s theme was centered around how students can make an impact on the community. Students had various opportunities to go out into their local community and participate in service-based learning throughout the year. Some of the opportunities that students participated in included volunteering at Sunrise Children’s Center, creating an alphabet book for local veterans and participating in a beach clean up while engaging in math concepts of area and perimeter. Every community activity was a learning experience.
Throughout the years, RSEC Academy Middle School has held theme days where students choose a topic that they are passionate about and then they are able to share and teach that topic to their peers. In past years, topics have included everything from golf, fishing and gymnastics, to drawing and video gaming. “I really enjoyed the theme days and being able to teach my peers something I know,” shared one of the middle school students.
This year, to coincide with the community engagement theme, students chose topics that revolved around environmental concerns. Some of the topics included recycling, water pollution, climate change, endangered species and wildlife protection. Students then created cross-curricular research projects based on their chosen topic. These research projects allowed them to utilize their skills in persuasive writing and presentation building.
The RSEC Academy Middle School environment encourages curiosity when it comes to learning. The school offers an individualized experience for each student because they recognize that no two students learn in the same way. One of the students shared that, “I feel like there is independent learning at RSEC. Like in math, taking things and putting things step-by-step made learning better for me.”