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What is a Learner-Centered Approach?

Success in the 21st Century requires engagement in authentic experiences and being placed in the driver seat to learn how to learn. SMA Prep implements a learner-centered approach to promote learner agency, build multiple literacies, and engage in real world problem-solving. 

Our Courses & Electives

Language Arts

Language Arts is an integration of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and using language for college and career as well as self-expression and empowerment.


An integrated program includes concepts, skills, processes, investigations, and attitudes designed to build student knowledge, understanding, and skills base in each of the disciplines


Places an emphasis on communicating mathematical thinking and conducting investigations that help students to recognize and gain an appreciation for the wide application of math in our society.

History & Civics

History and Civics students explore concepts and contexts of various perspectives through reenactments, simulations, and hands-on learning opportunities

World Language

Language learning fits well with the values of intercultural understanding and the promotion of international mindedness


Unique opportunity to become eco-ambassadors to minimize our ecological footprint and grow food from seed to table!

Health & Wellness

Promotes the value of the development of the whole child remaining active and an understanding of health and nutrition.

Military Studies

Provides a military foundation and structure to promote character and skills, as well as self-awareness observable through a strong military bearing.


Using the design cycle, students develop a process of problem-solving that relies heavily on collaboration, feedback, and reflection as part of the learning process.


Singers develop their musical potential and artistic expression through singing in a choral ensemble. Great repertoire from Disney medleys to modern pop songs and world languages.

Band- Beg & Adv

Emphasis is on the acquisition of basic musical skills as students learn to play a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument.

Digital Art

Starting with 2D digital art using both pixel and vector based programs, students will also explore 3D digital art, using CAD programs to print their own designs.

A/V Tech and Communications (MEDIA)

Explore media production including; print, audio podcasts, television, and filmography. Students will work with cameras, lighting, audio equipment, digital manipulation programs, editing software, and more.


Learn about camera handling, composition, lighting, and develop a photographic vision working in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop!

Visual Arts

Explore media and techniques used to create a variety of 2-D artworks through developing skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage.

SMA Prep cadets collaborating

SMA Prep cadets collaborate to design a podcast about positive ways to impact the community.

SMA Prep Eco-Team Golden Shovel Winner

All learners are encouraged to:

  • Take ownership of their learning
  • Become engaged in their learning process
  • Set goals to promote personal, academic, and social growth



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