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CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM MarchApril 2016 151 school administrators and teachers involve parents as partners in the educational pro- cess. Todays Internet technology facilitates the process and makes the partnership a meaningful reality. Two-way communica- tions between home and school are increas- ing at geometric rates. Nearly nothing es- capes parent involvement. Schools with a whole student focus for- mally link students with businesses insti- tutions government and different global cultures. Examples include Capstone Proj- ects and equally formal initiatives which connect education and real-world experi- ences through job shadowing internships research projects and volunteer programs. Formal shadowing programs offer students an opportunity to not only observe and learn from professionals but to take part in character-building social interaction out- side the familiar and supportive confines of school friends and family. Schools functioning and operating with the qualities in Exhibit As Ideal quadrant are globally focused and either encourage or require students to participate in foreign exchange programs and travel programs and to experience and learn first-hand from other cultures. These schools greatly value economic ethnic racial and religious di- versity and the role these dynamics play in the development of globally competitive citizens. INTELECTUALLY Schools in the Ideal segment build aca- demic curriculums around education of the whole student. These schools balance pure academic objectives and critical whole child goals. The level of academics is high and the scope of whole child development is ex- tensive. Students are challenged intellectu- ally. They are taught to think critically and creatively develop solutions to problems at many levels comprehend and communicate effectively assimilate enormous amounts of growing information and changing technol- ogy adapt to the complexities of changing demographics and cultures and govern re- sponsibly in an ever-changing global world. Intellectually and socially students are pre- pared determinedly for success in higher education employment fulfilling careers responsible citizenship a meaningful and happy life and the challenges of the world. EMOTIONALLY Schools positioned in the Ideal quadrant are extremely supportive environments pro- SALESIANUMSCHOOL Salesianum School is a Roman Catholic independent secondary school for boys that educates and develops the whole person based on the teaching of Saint Francis de Sales whose spirituality can be summarized in Live Jesus. be who you are and be that well 1801 N. Broom Street Wilmington DE 19802 salesianum.org 302 654-2495 7th Grade Practice Exam Saturday 312 830 a.m. One way of assessing the importance and value is to view whole child education as an upstream investment an early investment that will pay off significantly along a childs journey through every step and milestone of education PreK-12 and the future beyond college employment citizenship career and a lifelong of happiness.