Can you imagine leaping out of bed excited about the thought of learning? At the ages of 10-14? Most children can’t … but that’s exactly how students at the Ron Clark Academy, located in Southeast Atlanta, feel about their opportunity to learn!The school has received national and international accolades for its achievements in educating students using a rigorous academic curriculum and strict discipline code, while fostering an atmosphere filled with creativity, energy and passion.Ron Clark met with co-founder, Kim Bearden, in the Fall of 2004, to discuss opening a school of his own that would change the traditional teaching style and invoke a strong desire for learning within the students. His vision was realized on September 4, 2007 when the first inaugural class was welcomed.
He believes that educators should strive to teach the whole child and not just the curriculum. One method of his teaching style incorporates changing the words of popular songs and performing popular dance moves to help students remember material being taught.
His unique academic program and desire to “meet children where they are” has earned him praise and recognition from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and his academy provides training to more than 3,000 educators around the world. He hopes the educators would take the methods and techniques learned at the academy back to their schools and arouse the same level of passion for education among their students.