Did you know? Back to Basics hosts international students from around the globe!

Back to Basics K-12 Private School is certified by the Federal Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to accept international students for high school. This provides our students with the ability to interact on a daily basis with students from many countries, with different backgrounds, cultures and experiences, enriching the school experience for all!

The certification process is mandatory for any school that wants to accept international students. To ensure that the international students receive an exceptional education experienced in the United States, the process examines every area of the school. Certification includes physical inspection of school properties and facilities, evaluation of qualified personnel, documentation of licensing, plus scrutinizing everything from grading policy, admission requirements, expulsion requirements to attendance policy.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program provides international students with the unique opportunity to study in the US at certified schools. Graduating seniors from schools like Back to Basics K-12 Private School typically continue on to American colleges and universities.

If you’re an international student who would like to study in the US, please visit our Back to Basics Private School  website or call 302-594-0685.  You can also email Director Beverly Stewart at .

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.

 

10 Facts About Black History Month That You May Not Know!

1. The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909, the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

2. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

3. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the Confederate states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

4. The earliest recorded protest against slavery was by the Quakers in 1688.

5. Originally established to educate freed slaves to read and write, the first of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities was Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, established in 1837.

6. Born in Atlanta, Texas in 1892, Bessie Coleman grew up to become the first licensed African American Female pilot.

7. Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week” and later as “Black History Month.”

8. On February 3, 1870 the 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote.

9. On November 4, 2008 Barack Obama, became the first African American to be elected President of the United States.

10. February was chosen as the month to observe Black History because it is the birth month of abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass  (Feb. 14) and President Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12).

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.

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Our favorite cures for cabin fever!

The wind is howling. The skies are gray. And, the kids are spending far less time outdoors. That combination can lead to every mom’s worst nightmare… cabin fever.

Trapping your average, reasonably active child inside for too long is enough to make many moms run screaming for the door!

Luckily, there are some clever solutions to cabin fever that every mom can implement to keep the entire family happy — without resorting to Candy Crush on the iPad or the Disney Channel on TV.

For example, one of the most resourceful solutions I’ve ever seen for keeping three small children busy for an entire day was called “restaurant” (I kid you not). This “game” was created, somewhat in desperation, to keep the kids occupied for 8 long hours while mom prepared for a party that evening.

What did “restaurant” entail? The trio designed menus, order forms, coat check tickets, and signs, created centerpieces, came up with costumes, and helped in the preparation of some of the food items. When guests arrived, they took coats, handed out menus, took orders, and in general had the best time ever!

The entire day could have been a disaster. Three small children and one extremely harried mom? Instead, it turned into a memorable event for the family, as well as the guests.

The trick is to get kids using their imaginations. And, instead of feeling stuck inside, they’ll see the day as an incredible adventure. Here are a few more ideas:

Build a fort…

…a pirate ship, alien spacecraft, or a little house on the prairie! Never underestimate the power of a few sofa cushions, blankets, and the odd mop or broom to create a magic retreat for kids. Household items become crucial props (a paper towel tube spyglass, a colander space helmet, a beach bucket for feeding the cows). Watching mom or dad struggle to enter the new lair is sure to induce giggles!

Break out the dress-up box

Don’t have one, yet? Pull out those old prom and formal dresses, colorful scarves, and floppy sunhats. Don’t forget old costume jewelry (if it is over-the-top 1980’s styled, they are sure to love it).  For boys, grab some of dad’s worn suit jackets, vests, hats, and ties. Who will they become? A movie star? A cowboy? An accountant??? You’ll be amazed at the story lines that develop!

Host an air show (with paper airplanes)

The Internet is filled with templates for an astounding variety of different paper airplanes. Let the kids personalize them with artwork. Then, hold a contest to see which versions can go the furthest, curve best, or stay aloft longest. Learning which wing folds or weights work best for each task sneaks in a Physics lesson as a bonus!

And, when all else fails, send kids outside for jump rope, hopscotch or tag to get the blood pumping and, hopefully, wear them out for bedtime!

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.

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47% cite student safety as a reason to choose a private school

 

Student safety. It can be a scary topic for parents and students alike. And, “improved student safety” is one of the Top 5 Reasons Parents Choose a Private School, according to a recent study.

There is good cause for concern. Produced by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the U.S. Department of Education, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in the U.S. Department of Justice, a federal report includes data on “the current state of school crime and safety across the nation.” The report covers topics such as:

  • victimization
  • teacher injury
  • bullying and cyber-bullying
  • fights
  • weapons
  • availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, and
  • students perception of personal safety at school.

The result? Private schools were found to be more than twice as safe as public schools. (“At school” is defined to include the school building itself, school grounds, and a school bus.)

How can parents protect their children and keep them safe at school?

The National Crime Prevention Council offers a comprehensive list of suggestions including safety issues in the classroom, while traveling, and on the school bus:

  1. In the Classroom
  • Talk to your children about their day. Look for warning signs, such as a sudden drop in grades, loss of friends, or torn clothing.
  • Teach children to resolve problems without fighting. Talk to them about other ways they can work out a problem, such as talking it out, walking away, sticking with friends, or telling a trusted adult.
  • Keep an eye on Internet use. Many elementary schools have computers with Internet access. Let them know they can talk to you if anything they see online makes them uncomfortable, whether it’s an explicit website or a classmate bullying them or someone else through email, chat, or websites.
  • Ask about the safety and emergency plans for your children’s school. What emergencies have been considered and planned for?
  1. Traveling to and from School
  • Map out with your children a safe way for them to walk to school or to the bus stop. Do a trial run with them to point out places they should avoid.
  • Teach children to follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking.
  • Encourage children to walk to school or the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and to wait at bus stops with other children.
  • Teach children not to talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or accept gifts from them without your permission.
  • Help children memorize their phone number and full address, including area code and zip code.
  1. On the bus
  • Have your children arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick them up.
  • Make sure children know to stand on the sidewalk or on the grass while waiting for the bus.
  • Teach children to make sure they can see the bus driver and the bus driver can see them before crossing in front of the bus.
  • Be aware that often bullying takes place on the school bus. Let them know that if they see someone being bullied, or are bullied themselves, they can talk to you, the bus driver, or another trusted adult.

For more suggestions on keeping kids safe at school, please visit National Crime Prevention Council.

About Back to Basics K-12 Private School

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

To learn more about Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school, call us at 302-594- 0685.

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The power of play: Why it’s essential for a child’s healthy development

According to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, what children really need for healthy development is more time for good old-fashioned play. But are they getting enough? Unfortunately, experts agree that the answer is no.

“This deprivation affects mental and physical health as well as cognitive and social capacities,” says Elizabeth Goodenough, PhD, who teaches in the emerging field of child studies.

How does play benefit children?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that “play (or some available free time in the case of older children and adolescents) is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.”

In fact, child-initiated play can:

  • develop social skills,
  • develop problem-solving,
  • enable creative thinking,
  • encourage self-awareness,
  • increase confidence, and
  • provide an opportunity for healthy exercise.

Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child!

Dr. Stuart Brown, the foremost authority on play behavior in the U.S. and leader of the National Institute for Play, contends that play makes us smarter in the sense that it enables us to process new information, adapt to new situations, and handle complex social interactions better than other animals that play less.

Researchers have even discovered that the amount of play correlates positively to the development of the frontal cortex. This is the area of the brain that is responsible for discerning relevant from irrelevant information, monitoring and organizing our thoughts and feelings and choosing between good and bad actions and other high order functions. Without play, proper cognitive and emotional development cannot occur.

Dr. Brown also notes that the time period of most intense play coincides with the most dramatic growth of the cerebellum, another critical part of the brain that is responsible for coordinating key functions in other parts of the brain. This correlation suggests that there is a relatively narrow window during which play helps stimulate brain development.

At play we imagine and experience new situations, create and test possibilities, and learn and practice new skills and lessons in a safe environment. Because we are just playing, there is no risk in failure and we can push the envelope-and thereby boost cognitive development without penalty. In this way, Dr. Brown contends, play helps “sculpt” the brain.

How parents can encourage play

Want to encourage creative play? Set up various areas in your home that promote different types of play:

  • Art center
  • Drama and dress-up
  • Music, instruments and singing
  • Books, books, books

For more specific ideas on how to encourage creative play, visit What to ExpectToday’s Parent, or PBS Parents.

Through play, children explore the world around them, imagine alternatives, solve problems individually or with others, learn how to negotiate, learn how to express their feelings, and learn to be creative. From infants, to toddlers, to school-aged children, play is an essential part of learning!

About Back to Basics Private School

Educating Delaware since 1985! Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

Back to Basics is the winner of numerous awards for academic and business excellence including the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

To learn more about whether Back to Basics K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware is right for your student, call 302-594-0685.

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How parents can help stressed out teens

According to a recent USA Today poll, teens say they’re feeling the stress in all areas. However, school offers the most consistent and significant source of stress. 

We are have stress in our lives. But, teens are often ill equiped to deal with stressors. And, the consequences can be severe.

Psychology Today reports that in response to recent The Stress in America survey, “Although teens reported significant stress, they appear to be poor judges of the impact stress has on their health and mental health. According to the survey, 54 percent reported that stress has no impact on their physical health and 52 percent reported it has no impact on their mental health.”When stress becomes anxiety or depression

Unfortunately, depression is a very real problem for many teenagers. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 11% of American teenagers experience depression at some point. And, Mental Health America reports that the incidence of depression in teens may be as high as one in five, or 20 percent. Plus, teens who are under significant stress — from college applications, to sports, to competiton for grades — are at an even greater risk for depression.Depression in teenagers  is a serious problem and can lead to a host of issues, such as:

  • poor school performance,
  • withdrawal from social activities,
  • low self esteem,
  • eating disorders,
  • poor sleeping habits,
  • and even suicide.

How parents can help

1. Stop overscheduling. Kids are expected to pay attention in school for seven hours, excel at extracurricular activities and sports, come home, finish homework, and go to bed, then do it all again the next day with no downtime.

2. Play! Younger kids will do this naturally, but older kids may forget how to simply play. Some ideas include: riding your bikes, throwing around the baseball, wrestling and hiking.

3. Catch up on the ZZZs. Sleep is vital for everyone, regardless of age. Proper rest helps minimize stress, boost moods, and even improve school performance, Creating a restful bedroo environemnt (no electronics!) is crucial.

4. Manage parental strees. Stress is really contagious!

5. Start the morning off right. Disorganization is a major contributor to stress levels for everyone in the house. Prepare the night before for the next day. Lay out clothes and shoes, pack backpacks, prepare lunch and pop in the fridge, sign all papers, notes, and permission slips, and make sure there is a healthy breakfast available.

An alternative academic envrionment

Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.Back to Basics Private School creates a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of each child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.Back to Basics is an exceptional fit for:

  • students who are not achieving success in other academic environments,
  • students whose learning style does not fit within the traditional classroom setting of private schools Delaware, and
  • students who have had social difficulties or social anxiety.

To learn more about Back to Basics K-12 Private School, please call 302-594-0685.

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Why do parents choose a private school? 48.9% answered smaller class size!

 

 The top reasons why parents chose a private school for their children are all related to school climate and classroom management. These reasons, according to the Friedman Foundation’s study “More Than Scores: An Analysis of How and Why Parents Choose Private Schools” include “smaller class sizes,” which was a priority for 48.9% of parents.

But, why do smaller class sizes matter? Baker, B. D., Farrie, D. and Sciarra, D. G. (2016), Mind the Gap: 20 Years of Progress and Retrenchment in School Funding and Achievement Gaps  “…ample research has indicated that children in smaller classes achieve better outcomes, both academic and otherwise, and that class size reduction can be an effective strategy for closing racially or socioeconomically based achievement gaps…”

For some students, however, even a small class size (under 20 students) may be too large. Sometimes, the actions, interactions and even the tumult of a traditional classroom make learning difficult. And 1-on-1 learning — the ultimate “small classroom” — distinguishes the Back to Basics Private School.

The benefits of 1-on-1 instruction are well-documented

In a 1-on-1 setting, students have the constant attention of the teacher so that they can listen and speak with much more comfort than in a group situation. Each child’s strengths and non-strengths are addressed more consistently and fully without the distraction of other students or the teacher’s compensation for different levels in one classroom. Each student can learn at his/her own pace and have the benefit of the teachers adapting to each individual learning style.

One student. One teacher. One revolutionary difference!

At Back to Basics K-12 Private School, your child can have 1-on-1 teacher interaction every single day. Back to Basics offers a school experience like no other and is Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school.

The experienced and degreed instructors at Back to Basics K-12 Private School work together as a team to customize and tailor an integrated curriculum to meet the unique needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

The result is improved academic skills, increased self-esteem, and unparalleled subject mastery

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for admission, a preliminary meeting at the Back to Basics K-12 Private School is the first step. During this meeting you’ll explore your expectations, share information about your child’s current school situation and history, and discuss any specific needs.

For more information, please call us at 302-594-0685.

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Back to Basics Private School students collect pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House

ronald-mcdonald-collection-boxEarlier this fall, Back to Basics Private School students and teachers joined together to get some much-needed volunteer work done at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. Located in Wilmington, the House is a ‘home away from home’ for families with seriously or chronically ill or injured children ranging from newborn to age twenty one who must travel from home to area hospitals for specialized medical treatments.

And after that successful experience, the Back to Basics Private School students pledged to continue to do their part to help throughout the remainder of the school year.

First up on their list? A pop top campaign!

Our students learned that the little tab you pull to open your soda (or any other aluminum can) can make a significant impact on the Ronald McDonald House. The House recycles the tabs to generate funds to offset general operating costs. By collecting the tabs our students are helping care for families who stay at our House each year.

Why just collect just the tabs? Only the tabs are collected (instead of the whole can) because there is more aluminum in just the tab than in the entire can itself! And, even five pop tabs can make a difference.

Want to get involved? You can drop your pop top tabs off at Back to Basics, located at 6 Stone Hill Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19803, Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 5 pm.

Thank you for helping our students make a difference!

About Back to Basics Private School

Educating Delaware since 1985! Back to Basics Private School in Wilmington, Delaware offers a unique school environment for students in grades K-12 and a focus unlike any other school in the state. With a cap of 15 students, Back to Basics Private School provides students with customized, 1-on-1 instruction and self-esteem building by experienced, degreed instructors.

At Back to Basics Private School, we create a personalized team to tailor an integrated curriculum to the specific needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

Back to Basics is the winner of numerous awards for academic and business excellence including the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

To learn more about whether Back to Basics K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware is right for your student, call 302-594-0685.