HLA-Northrop uses the research-based Responsive Classroom approach to provide an immersive learning experience for our scholars. Responsive Classrooms improve teaching effectiveness while building a positive school climate. They engage every element in a scholar’s environment and nurture focused learning.

OUR CLASSROOMS and schools are bright, engaging, and with clearly defined and organized work spaces that focus learning.

OUR CLASSROOMS are divided into groups instead of traditional rows to allow for more collaboration and increase communication with a scholar’s team.

OUR CLASSROOMS frequently have two teachers working with scholars to engage them at different levels of learning, while keeping the entire class on track.

Responsive Classrooms incorporate:

  • Engaging Academics: Teachers create learning tasks that are active, interactive, appropriately challenging, purposeful, and connected to students’ interests.
  • Positive Community: Teachers nurture a sense of belonging, significance, and emotional safety so that students feel comfortable taking risks and working with a variety of peers.
  • Effective Management: Teachers create a calm, orderly environment that promotes autonomy and allows students to focus on learning.
  • Developmental Awareness: Teachers use knowledge of child development, along with observations of students, to create a developmentally appropriate learning environment.

(Taken from Responsive Classroom Approach brochure: Learn more.)