We believe that all young women can succeed academically and it is our mission to give each girl the skills and confidence to do so. For many of the girls who attend school at Uinta, this is the first time they have experienced academic success. The first step in this process is to assess each student’s level of performance and then remediate any deficiencies in her academic skills. A solid foundation is necessary for all true academic progress. The next thing we do is identify each girl’s learning style and provide her specific tools that will enhance her learning ability. Each classroom lesson is presented in a manner that teaches students “how to learn” — a skill set that can be transferred to future academic settings.
Because a young woman’s executive functioning is critical to her academic success, developing these skills is a focus at Uinta. Executive functions are brain-based cognitive skills that facilitate critical thinking and self-regulation. These skills include “what to do” skills (prioritizing, starting tasks, paying attention, persevering, remembering) and “how to do” skills (planning, organizing, shifting strategies, and managing time). These skills are taught and reinforced in the classroom and in other settings throughout the student’s day. When a student masters these skills, her academic competence leads to greater self confidence and self esteem. Students leave Uinta believing that they can achieve academic success wherever they go.