STUDENT TEACHING: ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Brickman, Barbara L.
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The Midwestern Academy of the New Church is a small private parochial school located in a suburb north of Chicago. It consists of freshman and sophomore grades in high school. The purpose of the Midwestern Academy is religious and secular instruction based upon principles from the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. The goal of the Academy is to educate students about the Lord, the church, and the world around them, and to prepare them for integration, as useful members, into society. This is facilitated by close cooperation between school and home. Most of the fifteen students (seven freshmen and eight sophomores) live in the small community built around the church and school. Most have attended the elementary school which operates in conjunction with the high school and shares most of its faculty. The community has developed around the church and school over time, and the parents of many of the students were also educated there. Because of the small size of the community and the fact that most of the students live very near one another, the students grow up with mostly the same group, from preschool through sophomore year. Many students have parents who teach in the schools, and there is a close cooperation between the faculty and most of the parents.