Envisioned by AV Homes, Bellalago Academy was built to provide the Bellalago community with a superb educational program and institution, emphasizing the arts, technology and sciences. Residents enjoy having a wonderful K-8 school just a short stroll from their front doors. Excelling within the community, Bellalago Academy is the proud recipient of the Five Star School Award for excellence in parent volunteerism five times starting in 2006 and most recently in 2013. Additionally, this model-school was also awarded the Gold and Silver Awards for Adult/Community Service and Youth Community Service two years consecutively.
The newest accolade was the result of hard-working students competing on the domestic and international level with countries like Singapore, Switzerland, Canada and China in Odyssey of the Mind. An international education program, students from kindergarten to the college level are taught creative problem-solving strategies. They then apply that creativity to solve problems from building mechanical devices to interpreting their own literary classic. An intensive program, the Odyssey of the Mind encourages students to reach their fullest potential while furthermore providing them with lifelong skill sets.
This year’s 2014 World Finals brought Bellalago students to Iowa University for three days where more than 850 teams from around the world competed. With five problem sets with names ranging from “The Not-So-Haunted House” to “Seeing is Believing”, the World Finals definitely encourages thinking outside the box. At the end of the day, Bellalago Academy took home 6th place out of 52 teams within the Driver’s Test category. Not just your average driver’s test, these students had to design, build and drive a vehicle that will travel a course to complete tasks in order to pass. Now that’s creative!
This was a great experience these students will never forget. Supporting their mission from start to finish is a wonderful group of educators and volunteers standing behind these promising students. With a school motto like “Anchored to Success”, the bright children of Bellalago Academy are well on their way to a fantastic future.