Peninsula International Academy is redefining an excellent Belizean education, implementing innovation and interupting inequity. PIA aims to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens.
PIA’s goal is to educate students to become independent thinkers, lifelong learners, to pursue academic excellence and individual achievement, in a context of respect for others and service to the community.
PIA’s mission is to develop the unique capabilities of each student. The school aims to foster a love of learning; to create independent, confident, and contributing members of our community and the world. PIA works to guide children on their natural course of discovery, to encourage deep thinking, problem solving and compassion for others.
Real world learning, enabling student voice and the Advisory system are part of what makes PIA an innovative, student centered school. We blend Belizean and Common Core education standards.
PIA is proud to be a part of the sustainable development of South Stann Creek through providing low or no cost tuition to 1 out of every 3 of our Belizean students, providing teacher training and offering opportunity to Belizean educational leaders to share our student-centered practices. PIA offers a learner-centered environment, with rigorous student work focused on core academic content mastery, supported by project based-learning, with numerous opportunities provided for critical thinking, tinkering and collaborative work. Personalized learning with authentic assessment is provided through an individualized and relationship-based education.
As a small, alternative school with multi-level classrooms, PIA is a useful resource to improve the educational climate of our peninsula and the larger community of South Stann Creek, Belize. Our students engage in project-based learning, and are assessed authentically with an emphasis on learning from and in the real world. Moreover, effective teaching practices are associated with faster and more equitable economic growth, more inclusive and cohesive societies, and social transformations.
Our over arching mission is to activate the potential of students, schools, systems and education through student driven real world learning.
In short, we are activists at the individual, school and national level.
PIA DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Real World Learning:
A critical design element of PIA is that students learn from and in the real world. Interaction is related to the age of the student: from the Early Childhood Classroom Montessori/Reggio real world practices, Friday passion projects and our Independent project and Internship design.
One Student at a Time-Personalization:
At PIA, personalization expands beyond “academic work” and involves looking at a student holistically. Students are encouraged to explore and pursue their interests, and a unique and interest-based Learning Plan guides students.
Learning at PIA is substantiated with quality products. Assessment criteria are individualized to the student and the real world standards of a project.
The organizing principal of PIA is to educate one student at a time and to support real world learning, infused with a rich network of relationships.
The advisory is the core organizational and relational structure of PIA, often described as a “second family” by students. Advisories (homerooms) meet daily and continue for a minimum of two years.
At PIA, culture is not a means to an end but an end in itself. There is palpable trust, respect and equality among students and adults. Students take leadership roles in the school, and teamwork defines the adult culture. Visitors are struck by the ease with which students interact with adults.
At PIA, Leadership is shared between the Director, Principal and a dedicated, responsible team of advisors and other staff; and students. A pervasive sense of shared ownership drives a positive culture and ongoing improvement.
Parent and families are an essential element of PIA. They feel welcome, valued and participate in various school and student led activities.
Professional Development is ongoing for Director, Principal, advisors and teachers. PIA is a community of lifelong learners in continuous improvement.
Ending our fifth year of operation, being recognized as a top school in Belize-what an honor! Lots of hard work, dedication, perseverance and grit made it all possible.
- No age or gender discrimination at PIA!
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