At the Catamount School, each area of the curriculum emphasizes a problem-centered approach that develops critical reasoning abilities and promotes a deeper understanding of the subject material. Teachers personalize instruction and guide students in processing what they are learning through discussion and reflection. Access to a wide range of digital learning opportunities enhance engagement and enable students to demonstrate academic progress in a variety of ways. Our school also utilizes the "Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child" model and brings in members of the community and WCU staff to ensure our students are getting a well-rounded education.
We recognize that students have different learning styles, and we will work to identify an individualized approach so that each student has the opportunity to succeed. Some of the many methods we use are:
By accessing resources and personnel at Western Carolina University, students have access to a variety of activities and resources including physical education, music and arts activities, leadership experiences, and mentorship from experts in a variety of academic fields. We adapt our offerings over time to best meet the needs of our students and we pull from a range of academic programs including but not limited to parks and recreation, music, theater and studio arts, engineering, business, nursing, and leadership. We regularly dedicate time for students to engage with interests outside of the traditional academics which help students learn more about themselves and others. More information can be found on our Enrichment page.
At the Catamount School, we maintain a team of university and school personnel with expertise in teaching, psychology, physical health and more to support the academic, physical and emotional needs of all students. Our school has developed a comprehensive team of experts to provide Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to improve student success. In doing so we provide a community of care that ensures our class-wide and unique student needs are met.