Whole Child

HLA Stomp the Stigma with StrawberriesHLA supported “Stomp the Stigma with Strawberries,” an effort to increase awareness about mental illness. This effort was driven by Julie Welch Andersen, parent of a fourth grade student, and Mrs. Oi, Kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Andersen is leading a team in the Northern California walk for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). The walk is occurring Saturday, May 7th in Land Park.

Many students and adults alike delighted in the chocolate dipped strawberries (dipped by our own students) and strawberry cake pops, as well as strawberry banana bread and strawberry shortcake. We were able to raise over $200 for this important effort! Thank you HLA!!!



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HLA is using a college exploratory program developed in the state of Washington called Sparking the Future with students in 7th and 8th grade. HLA modifies it to fit California. This program and its 22 lessons guide students through a range of important issues:

  • Lifestyle goals
  • Interests and strengths
  • College and career options
  • Graduation and admission requirements

Click here for a one page overview of the program.

Click here for a PowerPoint presentation about the program.

What is Capturing Kid’s Hearts?

Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a teaching and learning program and process.

What are the Goals for Capturing Kids’ Hearts (CKH)?

*To build relationships

*To build high performing teams

*To build safe classrooms and schools

Educators learn to use the EXCEL teaching model with their students or staff.

EXCEL means:

  • Engage
  • Explore
  • Communicate
  • Empower
  • Launch

Capturing Kids’ Hearts promotes relevance, rigor and relationships. By teaching students respect and responsibility the process supports diversity, character education, bully prevention, service-learning and safe school initiatives. The entire process teaches employability skills and promoters career preparation. In the end, Capturing Kids’ Hearts provides educators with the tools to leave a legacy of impacted lives.

What is the Capturing Kids’ Hearts – Discipline Model?

Behave In – Behave Out is a process designed to help students manage and accept responsibility for their own attitudes and behavior. The model uses four (4) basic questions. The system builds self managing classrooms.

1.What are you doing?

2.What are you supposed to be doing?

3.Are you doing it? 

4.What are you going to do about it?

The demands of the 21st century require a new approach to education to fully prepare students for college, career, and citizenship. Research, practice, and common sense confirm that a whole child approach to education will develop and prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow by addressing students' comprehensive needs through the shared responsibility of students, families, schools, and communities.

All educators want to improve the work they do for students, their families, and the community. Whether it's instruction, school climate, leadership, family engagement, or any of the other issues schools face on a daily basis, all educators need tools to help them improve their actions and methods. A whole child approach, which ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, sets the standard for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement and provides for long-term student success.



Higher Learning Academy offers a number of programs that supports the development of the Whole Child.

These include:

  • Capturing Kids Hearts - A Powerful character education program
  • Girls on the Run - A character development and physical fitness program for girls in grades 3 - 5
  • Girls on Track - A character development and physical fitness program for young adolescence girls (grades 6- 8)
  • A Garden Project
  • Strong physical fitness program