ABC 24 Cool School: St. George’s Independent School

ABC 24 Cool School: St. George’s Independent School

St. George’s Independent School has three campuses that serve kids in Pre-K through the 12th grade in Collierville, Germantown and Memphis. We visited the elementary school campus in Germantown; it’s truly an amazing school.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - St. George’s Independent School has three campuses that serve kids in Pre-K through the 12th grade in Collierville, Germantown and Memphis. We visited the elementary school campus in Germantown; it’s truly an amazing school. Administrators pride themselves on getting kids ready for a life of learning and service to the community.

At St. George’s Independent School, the learning starts early. Teachers in the lower school use a hands-on approach to nurture a love of academics.

"Right now what we’re doing is working on some interactive journaling," explained teacher Beth Lawo. "We teach the kids the letter by learning them at the beginning of the year by knowing the letters in their name, and each week we do a letter with our hand writing program."

The Early Childhood Division serves kids in Pre-K through the 1st grade. Its director, Dr. Stewart Burgess, said, "I think the neatest thing is that it’s kind of a family school that’s really centered on the kids, that the teachers really know the kids and the kids want to be here."

From reading to science, educators are focused on making academics fun. Teachers here are hands on. The lesson plans are creative and kids are engaged.

"They have different gifts and talents. We try to focus on those and nurture those and bring those out," said teacher Gia Broadway.

Students as young as 3-years-old are taught the importance of public speaking skills. Math skills are even weaved into the learning process, thanks to surveys the kids have to conduct.

"If you’re the statistician, you have to, like, do it and you have to report it to the class," said a student, Wilson.

In fact, in some instances young students are given the opportunity to be class leaders. On our visit, Alexa was the statistician, but what she really wanted to do was to be a little Lauren Raymer.

"I like to be the weather person," Alexa said, "I get to see what is the weather outside."

St. George’s unique style of educating kids provides opportunities for them to not only grow in the classroom, but socially as well.

They're just a few examples of what makes St. George’s Independent School pretty cool.

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