January 28, 2017 - Silverleaf Academy, Tanzania’s first affordable, high quality private school chain is now open. The first school is called Silverleaf Bishop Kisula Academy, is located in Majengo (Arusha region) and is enrolling students for pre-primary (age 3-5), Standard One (age 6) and Standard Three (age 8).
Silverleaf Academy is innovating to radically raise the quality of classroom instruction and learning with the use of ICT (interactive Mwabu South Africa tablets), integration of Jollyphonics and Ubongo Kids programmes, whilst keeping tuition fees affordable.
For those interested in registering their child at our new school, parents can register directly on the website or by calling the Student Registration number +255672497852.
"Silverleaf Academy students will not leave us without full mastery of the basic skills of writing, reading and counting, whilst also being prepared for a world where critical thinking, team collaboration, and entrepreneurship are a must."
- Dr. Gordon Carver, CEO & Co-Founder, Silverleaf Academy
Students within a lesson are typically divided into three groups of twenty and will rotate between three different sets of activities, one of which will involve studying in pairs on a tablet computer loaded with multi-media learning materials for the lesson in hand. We call this the station/rotation model, as it allows all learners to pick up new content, practice it by themselves, and then check with their teacher or teaching assistant for their comprehension:
In addition to their teaching qualifications, all Silverleaf teachers and teaching assistants undergo a minimum of 3 weeks pre-service training, which covers the basics of effective classroom management, student-centred teaching techniques, effective questioning and assessment, child psychology, school procedures, parental feedback, and appropriate use of the tablet computers for lesson planning and delivery.
In addition to this, teachers receive in-service training at least for one day per term, which address specifically identified needs based on classroom observations.
Parents are a critical resource in the educational journey of their children, and parents subscribing to Silverleaf will not only need to volunteer their time towards certain school operations by way of reducing costs, but will also commit to spending time every day with their wards reviewing and supporting their personalised learning plans.
Silverleaf Academy will have multiple channels of interaction with our parents and students, including SMS-based daily updates.