Canaan Academy is a private school in Urbana, Illinois under the auspices of Canaan Development Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The Foundation supports children primarily through its education program.
Canaan Academy presently serves students in grades pre-kindergarten through five from the Champaign-Urbana community and surrounding areas of Central Illinois. Each classroom is staffed by one male and one female teacher to ensure that every student is exposed to positive influences of both genders. In addition, Canaan Academy uses a collegial model, which requires equal participation of home, community, and the Academy in the education process. In addition to core subjects, Canaan?s curriculum combines multiculturalism, daily Bible instruction, and philosophical investigations that seek to foster inner discipline, social skills, and critical thinking.
To ensure that no child is left behind, Canaan Academy desires to provide educational opportunities for at-risk children and children from needy families. The Academy sustains an environment where children, whose parents did not feel the public school system was right for them, can learn in an environment that understands their individual needs. Canaan Academy teaches children not only academics but also about life, and emphasizes the importance of morals, appropriate behavior, discipline, and love.
Canaan Academy is an independent Christian school designed to teach ethics along with academics. In the past six years, Canaan Academy has proved its effectiveness in educational excellence. Kindergarten students recently scored in the 99th percentile in reading on the most recent Stanford 10 test. Third and fourth graders scored above the 90th percentile in math and reading. In contrast to many area schools, Canaan Academy?s third, fourth, and fifth graders are performing at or above grade levels. Test scores are not the only way of measuring the success of the Academy. Both parents and teachers see a marked improvement in student behavior and their contribution to their neighborhood.In the year 2001, Canaan Academy received recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education. This recognition is given after a school has been in existence five years and passed a rigorous examination by Board inspectors.
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