Dr. Kent Johnson founded Morningside Academy in Seattle, Washington to provide behaviorally designed academic and social programs for children and youth and preparation for teachers and other school personnel. Since that time, Morningside has grown to be a complex corporation with two distinct programs serving each of the original goals. First, Morningside Academy is a non-profit school, operating during the school year and in summer. Second, Morningside Teachers’ Academy participates in formal external partnerships with schools and agencies throughout the United States and Canada. It also offers a summer institute for teachers, graduate students, and other professionals.
Morningside Academy’s school helps both elementary and middle school students to catch up and get ahead. Its students have not previously reached their potential; many have learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD diagnoses; all have average to well above average intelligence. Morningside is not a school for children with significant emotional problems, behavioral problems, or developmental delays.
The Foundations Program serves elementary and middle school children in grades 1-9. It focuses upon reading, writing, language, mathematics, reasoning and problem solving, organizational skills, learning skills, and citizenship.
Those middle school-aged children who demonstrate foundation skills at or above the 6th grade level, and who are chronologically at least 6th graders qualify for admission to the Middle School Program. The Middle School Program includes Foundations skills plus all the skills necessary for excellence in a content course. Middle School students also learn how to engage in inquiry and project based learning. School operates during the typical school year and in the summer.
All of the instructional materials, tools and methods used at Morningside are research-based “best practices” proven to be effective. Morningside also designs and tests its own instructional materials and teaching methods. Our programs are continually evolving to better prepare students for successful schooling and citizenry.