Berthold Academy, which serves students in Reston, Herndon, Fairfax and surrounding areas, has much diversity in its curriculum, with culinary class, music, yoga, art, PE and tech discovery for the lower elementary. In addition to these, upper elementary and secondary students choose electives. Music, ‘Science of art and art of science’ and Photography is offered this trimester, with others offered in the upcoming trimesters.
In culinary class, their lessons have included a crudités platter and dip, grape jam, cheesy omelette, quinoa tabouleh and pita bread with tzatziki.
Additionally the children can choose from after- school activities such as Coding Club and Taekwondo. Coding club is offered to any students interested in sharpening coding skills, from within and outside Berthold Academy. Giving the children many opportunities to participate in various classes enables them to drive their learning and engage in activities that motivate them and teach new skills. Whether a child has never had music lessons or tried to cook a dish at home, or learned about exoplanets and illustrated what they imagined and researched on the topic, the school environment provides structured learning while boosting fun, engagement and core knowledge.
Intelligence has been defined as a person’s intellectual potential, something they are born with, or that which can be measured and is of a capacity difficult to change. A newer theory on Multiple Intelligences by Harvard psychologist, Howard Gardner, states that in addition to intellectual capacity, there is musical, inter and intra-personal, spatial-visual, body- kinesthetic, naturalistic, logical-mathematical and linguistic intelligences. This can contribute to one’s understanding of oneself and the ability to work in the area of strengths while developing the areas in which progress is needed (Cherry, 2019). Thus, the full range of abilities and talents that people possess, can be explained by the theory of multiple intelligences and so we can understand the true value of having a variety of lessons which touch on each of these intelligences and which are very much a part of the core and elective curriculum offered at Berthold Academy. More on the school’s sample curriculums can be found on their website www.bertholdacademy.com/welcome-parents
Cherry, K. (September 12, 2019). Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. Retrieved from https://www.verywellmind.com/gardners-theory-of-multiple-intelligences-2795161