Paideia Teaching Philosophy (py-day-uh)

classroomPaideia comes from the Greek word for "the upbringing of a child," meaning the process of educating children so they reach their potential and live successful lives. The development of good habits, grounded in the values of citizenship and leadership, is a fundamental part of this philosophy.

The Paideia method of teaching provides three forms of instruction:

  1. Didactic instruction enables students to get the facts by introducing them to concepts through listening, reading and observing.
  2. Coaching requires students to work with information learned in the didactic lessons by practicing and applying concepts under the guidance of Paideia-trained teachers.
  3. Socratic seminars use questioning that requires students to think critically. The seminar is excellent preparation for law school or fields that draw conclusions based on evidence.

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The Need: Through Santa Maria Community Services staff and volunteers serve many adults and children from non-English speaking households. It is estimated that close to 3,000 Price Hill residents are non-English speaking.

English classes are offered in the Welcome Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Free childcare offered for children ages 3-10.

Proven Curriculum: Total Physical Response (TPR) Methodology. Two-hour classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.

For information about services and classes, please call (513) 363-4679.