“A good head and good heart are a formidable combination. But add to that a literate tongue or pen, and you have something very special.”
— Nelson Mandela
Nea Community Learning Center is based on an educational model that empowers youth to take ownership of their educational experience, to celebrate their diverse community, and to actively participate as members of a democratic society.
Nea Community Learning Center is founded on the central principle of KNOWLEDGE, LIFELONG EDUCATION and the CONTINUED QUEST FOR LEARNING.
This concept is represented by the West African Adinkra (symbol) for knowledge and saying from which our name derives:
NEA ONNIM NO SUA A, OHU = "One who does not know can know from learning"
Nea's Educational Model:
Focus on Learner Success — We strive to provide an exemplary instructional program with a focus on learner success.
Well-Rounded — We aim for learners to experience a well-rounded program that helps them harness their uniqueness and strengths in a safe, supportive environment.
Self-Directed and Project-Based — Nea is dedicated to a self-directed, project-based learning model wherein learners (students) are supported by facilitators (teachers).
Rigorous — We utilize the best practices of teaching and learning in a non-competitive manner. We provide all learners with a rigorous curriculum that promotes the practice and mastery of California State Standards and the newly adopted Common Core Standards.
Empowering — We empower our learners to take ownership of their education. Learners actively discover their potential, recognize their value and worth, and practice responsibility to the community.
Flexible — Our facilitators have flexibility in using an eclectic array of teaching and learning strategies that allows for integration across subjects in order to achieve measurable progress toward mastery of standards.
High Expectations — We believe that an approach that empowers learners, provides them with individualized support and sets the highest academic, social and ethical expectations creates a more successful learning environment than traditional educational practices.