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Parnassus Teacher Role

Teachers are the heart of the school. Without dedicated, competent teachers, the best educational practices will never come to fruition in the classroom. Parnassus’ teachers are expected to implement Parnassus’ academic mission. In the classroom, the teacher is in charge. Outside of the classroom, teachers receive professional guidance with respect to specific goals and objectives from the Executive Director and school administrators.

At Parnassus Preparatory School education is derived from the philosophies found in the left-hand column of the table below. By enrolling your child at Parnassus, you will witness firsthand the qualities and benefits of a Classical Education and specific character curriculum.

 

 

Role of the Teacher

What Parnassus Is

Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

What Parnassus Is Not

Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Acquiring knowledge from the past and present and recognizing patterns that may occur in future;
  • Developing skills important for the individual society;
  • A core curriculum

  • Learning based on the learner’s interests
  • No required core curriculum;
  • Emphasis on integration

 

Moral Development

What Parnassus Is

Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

What Parnassus Is Not

Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Students learn right from wrong from their studies, from adult guidance,  and from extra-curricular activities
  • Morality develops from the individual’s experience
  • It is best learned when not taught directly

 

Curriculum

What Parnassus Is

Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

What Parnassus Is Not

Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Core subjects are taught separately;
  • History and Geography are defined
  • Explicit phonics instruction is used to teach reading
  • Any subject can serve to develop problem-solving abilities and creativity;
  • Social Studies combines History, Sociology, Geography and Anthropology

 

Work Habits

What Parnassus Is

Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

What Parnassus Is Not

Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Students are expected to learn what is taught;
  • Students are taught important skills to help them become good citizens and learners
  • The best learning comes when students are interested in what they learn;
  • Therefore teachers are to encourage students to follow their own interests in learning;
  • Students are assumed to have good habits

 

 

Promotion

What Parnassus Is

Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

What Parnassus Is Not

Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Promotion is largely by achievement;
  • Student may be remediated and retained if achievement is too low
  • Social promotion is preferred;
  • Student is promoted with age group even if achievement is too low

 

Teacher’s Background

What Parnassus Is

Knowledge-centered/intellectualist

What Parnassus Is Not

Student-centered/anti-intellectualist

  • Education in subject matter being taught is preferred;
  • Of course, excellent teaching methods are also required to help students learn the content
  •  Teacher’s mastery of subject matter is considered less important than an understanding of child and adolescent development

 



 

Parnassus Preparatory School
11201 - 96th Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Main Office Hours: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Main Number: 763.496.1416
Fax Number: 763.898.3977
Bus Company (American Student Transporation): 763.425.2542
After Hours & Emergency:  651.764.8364
Animus & Accendo Programs: 763.496.1416 ext 247
Authorizer: Friends of Education
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200 East Lake Street
Wayzata, MN 55391
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