Brain Based Learning

Clayton-Bradley Academy teachers are trained in the Learning Centered Schools model, built on proven strategies and methods for teaching and learning. The five principles of Learning Centered Schools are:


Intelligence is a function of experience


Learning is an inseparable partnership of body and brain


Teachers understand that a child’s personality and temperament impact learning and performance


There are multiple intelligences to solve problems and produce products


Students are pattern seekers and program builders

Project-Based Learning

At Clayton-Bradley Academy, students integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines to solve real-world problems. Teachers design projects around grade-level standards. Students choose project topics, create solutions, and present their work to peers and educators. This process builds a variety of skills for future success.

Essentials of Project-Based Learning

Key Curricular Content

Project-Based Learning is built around crucial, grade-level standards across all subject areas.

Driving Question

Each project is built around an open-ended, driving question that students use to form their explorations and investigations.

Inquiry Focus

Students dive into an extended timeline and process of asking questions, using resources, and developing solutions.

Future Essentials

Students build skills critical to future education and career performance, such as team collaboration, critical thinking, innovation, and creativity.

Student Choices

With teacher supervision and guided development, students are allowed to make decisions about their time, product, and how they work together.

Going Public

Students share new knowledge with those outside of the classroom by presenting their solutions and findings in a public forum or medium.

Standards-Based Grading

We use standards-based grading to focus on student mastery of state and national standards. Students and parents receive detailed feedback showing their progress with each skill, not just an average grade for each subject. At the high school level, our standards-based grading scale is translated into a GPA and transcript for colleges and universities.


A beginner’s knowledge with lots of room for growth and learning but little to no evidence that shows understanding.


An average understanding but not enough knowledge to apply information or work independently.


Understanding of the concepts & information pertaining to the topic/standard with the ability to independently express and apply understanding.


Application of knowledge in meaningful ways; can produce, not just reproduce knowledge/information.

STEM Education

STEM education removes the traditional barriers separating the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. Instead of studying these in isolation, students integrate them to solve complex problems and create solutions.

Pistol Creek Day

One of the ways we break down barriers separating disciplines is through projects like Pistol Creek Day. It’s a time for students to lead presentations related to the creek that circles our campus. The whole school gets involved—from preschoolers showing how to recycle and demonstrating how pollution destroys habitats all the way to high school students doing field tests on water quality and engineering their own boats.