All Kinds of News for April 09, 2019
Solstice West RTC, a leading residential treatment center for young women ages 14-18 located in Layton, Utah, offers students personalized academic programming with both core class offerings and electives, small classes sizes, and a unique approach to learning styles.
The academic program at Solstice boasts 4 general education teachers, a special education teacher, fitness director, and art teacher who all teach direct instruction classes and are highly qualified in their subject area. Offering 6 classes a semester, class sizes range from 6-12 students in general education classes, and 1-4 students in study strategy classes focused on helping students organize and manage their time.
In history class, it’s not just about names and dates but helping students develop and understand the ability to debate effectively from both sides of an argument. History teacher Clint Ricketts focuses on important questions like: what can we learn? How does it apply in the world today?
Science class is led by Jamie Murphy, the Academic Director and Science teacher, where she likes to help students re-discover their interest in science again. Classes involve lots of hands-on activities that are fun and can be applicable to life. For example, in chemistry labs, it’s not just mixing chemicals but what does chemistry have to do with baking cookies? Or making soap? Classes show students how science is really a part of regular life.
Evans Tanner, the English Teacher, has students read a book each semester in English class and has them relate it to their therapeutic journey, and what they may be working on at that time. He tries to challenge students with that, and personalize their reading. Also, they focus on a writing piece every term, which helps in preparation for ACTs or SATs. Evans is one of the newer members of the Solstice West academic team, teaching english and art history. He is a positive male role model to the students, helping them build more trust with men, since some students tend to struggle with that. As Jamie Murphy, Academic Director states, “Evans is very enthusiastic for reading; lots of students do not like it, they are attached to their phones. He really helps to spark that love for books again, and is great at choosing different books with strong females present or character that follows along with the hero's journey.”
In Math class, teacher Ashley Wade uses hands-on techniques to engage students in learning about mathematical subjects. For example, she brought in dry spaghetti for students to use to understand the different kinds of triangles and why angles matter. Ashley is also a new member of the academic team, but already making a large impact; her ability to connect with students struggling in math or with different learning styles is amazing. She is also very approachable and makes herself available both in the mornings and during lunch for tutoring.
Art teacher and professional artist Nate Pack allows students to explore their creativity in a variety of media within art class. Students partake in various projects to refine their artistic skills through sketching, sculpture, and other types of 3D art. Nate has a really fun time with students, even allowing them to submit designs and vote on which design will soon come to life on his repainted car.
Another fun, upcoming academic event is centered around Pi Day! This March 14th, Solstice West students will be working in Math class on memorizing the digits in pi. The class which memorizes the most pi digits gets to choose the name of a teacher and put a pie in the teacher’s face. This might seem like a fun contest, but it really helps bring students and teachers together and build stronger relationships.
At Solstice West, teachers believe that all students harness their own super power. Special Education teacher Angela Johnson often uses the example of Spider Man as a metaphor for students who see their learning disability as negative. By using the story of Spider Man, Angela helps students realize they can turn this disability into a positive trait, their super power. This is just one of the many ways that academic programming and teachers at Solstice West go above and beyond to enhance student’s learning and help them realize their full potential.
To learn more about Solstice West’s academics, please visit https://solsticertc.com/academics, or call (801) 444-0794.
Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for teen girls that has helped hundreds of struggling teens on their journey to solving issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Solstice RTC, located in Layton, Utah, offers a specialized, clinically intensive program based on the specific needs of young women. At Solstice RTC, young women discover their full potential. For additional information on Solstice RTC, please visit http://solsticertc.com/ or call 801-444-0794.