Lower School students are provided self-esteem units of instruction and counseling to provide a fundamental understanding about the thinking process, how to read, react and manage feelings, and a foundation for positive emotional development. The objectives are to allow students to know who they are, gain self-awareness and confidence, instill respect and a positive attitude, which will lead to a wholesome character. Students with healthy self-esteem are able to feel good about themselves, appreciate their own worth, and take pride in their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.
Students must be respectful at all times. Talking, laughing, playing and other disruptive behavior will not be tolerated during sessions.
Students are to remove any hats, coats or heavy jackets while attending classroom sessions.
Chewing gum in class is not permitted.
Each year all of Granville students are invited to participate in Granville’s national convention. The convention consists of very informative workshops, luncheons, giveaways along with social events. Students also have a chance to meet with other students from various states and explore career options.
Granville students have the opportunity to visit various college/universities and the focus has been mainly on Historic Black Colleges (HBCU). The tour consists of a 7 day 6 night bus trip that normally runs between $300-$500 per student (depending on the college sites). The tour is always done during spring break so students have the opportunity to attend without missing any days from school. Included in the cost are: deluxe coach round-trip transportation, 2 meals, snacks, drinks, hotel accommodations and guided campus tour. Parents/volunteers that agree to act as chaperons can attend at half price.
Granville Academy of Waterbury has implemented a new Science Technology Engineering Mathematic (STEM) initiative with a focus on project-based learning geared for the Lower School students. Upper School students assist in monitoring Lower School STEM projects. Project-based learning is not a curriculum. It is an instructional strategy which utilizes hands-on projects for learning. Professionals around Connecticut from businesses and institutions of higher learning in the fields of science, and technology, design and assist students with various age-appropriate projects. Career opportunities in fields such as biotechnology, software design, aeronautical engineering and others are in demand and require adaptability, creativity, critical thinking and technical competence in science, technology, engineering and math. Field trips are arranged to further expose students to the STEM world.
Professional instructors and business volunteers tutor and teach the students the basic concepts of Algebra, where the students have difficulty understanding in the classroom.
The importance of writing skills still prevalent with the technology. Students are taught the steps to writing an paragraph essay. Effective writing skills complements good communication and listening skills. By Phase IV, students will be prepared to successfully write their college essays.
Entrepreneurship is a universal life skill every human being should be equipped with. Many inner-city youngsters are disadvantaged to that extent. Granville Academy provides students with fundamental business and financial knowledge that will facilitate their future assimilation into our economic mainstream, equipping them to succeed in a free enterprise system. Granville Academy cultivates the entrepreneurial spirit among students so that they will be able to successfully compete in the global marketplace.
Toastmasters teaches the students the methodology to public speak.