Thank you for your interest in completing the 2022-2023 3rd grade application for Academy for Discovery at Lakewood (ADL). ADL is a city-wide 3rd through 8th grade school with a focus on Project-Based Learning (PBL) and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). Our program challenges students through rigorous coursework, while teaching them skills to be successful in learning and life. Parents/guardians and students should have a complete understanding of academic expectations before applying. Listed below is additional information about our programs so that you can make the best decision on whether or not to apply.

    PBL will be embedded in instruction for all grades, 3rd through 5th. Some 6th through 8th grade teachers utilize PBL as a teaching component in specific lessons. Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Please review a video about PBL here: http://www.edutopia.org/video/five-keys-rigorous-project-based-learning.

    The teaching and learning that takes place in grades three through five, helps to prepare students for ADL’s IB MYP in grades six through eight. The IB MYP is recognized as a premier program of study around the world. Skills such as global thinking, civic-mindedness, service learning, real-world problem solving and inquiry based learning are taught which are fundamental to the program. You can find additional information on the IB Web Site: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/.

    ADL is a fully authorized IB MYP World School. In 2017, ADL became only the second school in South Hampton Roads to be an authorized IB MYP World School. Our teachers have been trained in IB MYP concepts and the IB Curriculum Framework. IB encourages continuous reflection and development – so our work is never done. Even though the IB program is officially at the middle school level, our elementary school students will still be exposed to IB concepts in their lessons. In fact, our third through fifth grade classes prepare students as pre-IB students, in order to help transition to the rigorous program in sixth grade.

    Those wishing to attend ADL will need to have an understanding that the classroom learning environment will include more inquiry-based instruction, collaborative based activities, infusion of real-world problem solving, and high levels of student engagement.

    After you have reviewed all of this information, if you are excited about being part of ADL and feel that you can commit to our mission and philosophy, then please complete the components of the application. The application must be completed and returned no later than, Monday, January 31, 2022 at 5:00pm. The application can be found here. An information night will be held on Monday, January 11, 2022 at 6:00pm (virtually). Additional information (FAQ) can be found on the Academy for Discovery at Lakewood school’s web site.