David Hoffner, Director of Spiritual Formation and Economics teacher, challenges students to endure unearned suffering, love wisdom, and live in genuine freedom. Mr. Hoffner is preparing for his 13th year teaching at Minnehaha Academy.
Reading this year’s list of senior honors might fool you into thinking academics and leadership are easy: over 70% of the students graduated with honors, with 30 of the 78 graduating “With Highest Honors” (GPA of 3.8 to 4.0).
Had you walked the halls these past few weeks as students took AP calculus exams, rose early to watch their research project rocket towards the International Space Station, and put the finishing touches on their final musical performances, you would see that these students take their work seriously.
Your child’s learning and development will blossom in an educational environment where your son or daughter has a sense of belonging, feels secure, and can find the support he or she needs. A positive learning environment will invite your growing student to venture into new areas of opportunity with confidence. Consider these 4 Essential Qualities of a Positive Learning Environment that will nurture your child’s potential and growth.
Remember when school was new, fun, and exciting for your child? Supporting your child's school life came naturally when things were going well and your son or daughter was looking forward to each school day.
Peer pressure is often used to describe how teenagers can get carried along with the crowd. It often has negative connotations. But, what if peer pressure was positive? What if it encouraged teens to do their best?
Topics: Upper School
Switching schools can be an exciting time for both you and your child. And, it can be a time full of questions and concerns. As with any other significant decision, you want to approach this carefully and thoughtfully.
When you consider the benefits you hope your child will receive from a school, you may focus on knowledge, skills, confidence, inspiration, goal-setting, talent development, character, and meaningful relationships. If you are like most parents, ultimately you want your child to be prepared for college and on the path to a confident, purposeful young adulthood. You may believe a private school with smaller classes and well-developed traditions will enhance your child’s opportunities to get the most of school life.
Topics: Christian Education
Rick attended Minnehaha Academy from seventh grade through his graduation in 1980. During his time at MA he was involved in sports and band, and has fond memories of his years at school. “MA gave me an outstanding education and I established friendships that I still have to this day. The Christian foundation provided me a strong grounding which has guided me through my career.”
Middle School Genius Team students were awarded Minnehaha Academy's Light Up the Internet traveling classroom award. The award is given to a classroom or student group that shares its work online using #MyMinnehaha to light up the Internet with good. The award encourages positive uses of social media.
Topics: Middle School