Social and Emotional Learning
Omega Middle School is a holistic private school based in Asheville, North Carolina.
The Seven Domains approach in Omega Middle School teaches to the whole student, thereby facilitating their unique cognitive, emotional, and spiritual transformation from childhood into young adulthood.
These courageous and compassionate young changemakers aspire to live in a world that is spiritually connected, environmentally sustainable, and socially just.
We meet this quest with rigorous individualized curriculum, ample opportunities for self-expression, and loving relationships within a resilient community. Welcome to education at its best.
This site is an in-depth look at our experiential middle school. The Omega program is the middle school program at Rainbow Community School.
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Connection and community at Rainbow is often nurtured through rituals, traditions or celebrations that mark the passage of time. We begin the school year with an opening ceremony during which the entire school comes together to offer blessings and intentions for the...
What’s in a mission? This school year I will be writing a series for Heart of the Matter based on our board Ends Policies. Ends Policies are written by the board as the guiding light for our school. They point the way toward who we want to be and where we want to go....
Opening the Heart – Reflection and Centering At a recent admin meeting, Cynthia shared a centering designed to bring awareness to, and open the heart. Renee asked her to share it on the Director’s Blog for others to enjoy, as well. Point to yourself Take a moment to...
Jason Pilla Cannoncro
7/8 Science and History Teacher
Director of Equity
7/8 Assistant & Journalism Elective Teacher
Physical Education Teacher
Omega Science and Math Teacher
6th Grade Teacher
7/8 Asst. & Geodyssey Elective Teacher
7/8 Language Arts and Math teacher
Creative Coordinator & 6th Grade Asst. Teacher
Spanish Teacher, 4th - 8th gr.
National and regional recognition:
Not only were Omega students’ levels of development higher on average for their age than any school Lectica had tested, but their level of coherence was higher than they had ever seen. Coherence is the ability to connect thoughts intelligently and develop a persuasive argument. Additionally, Dr. Theo Dawson said our students have incredible “perspectival” abilities to take the perspective of others — empathy, essentially.
We never thought it would be feasible to have quantitative data that shows the true value of a Rainbow education, since what we do is very sophisticated. Sure, Rainbow students score very well on traditional standardized tests, like the SAT10, but those tests only show a small sliver of rote skill attainment, without showing complexity of thinking or affective skill development. Read more.
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