12 Curriculum Commitments
We provide the most time-tested methods of educating students, and at the same time, deliver the most cutting-edge education in America. Our students receive a “classical” education. The entire curriculum is based in the Classical Liberal Arts and Sciences with a strong emphasis on civic education.
Classical education aims to recover lost tools of learning in order to cultivate wise and virtuous men and women who will be responsible citizens of our republic.
1. Virtues, as well as principles in self-government and civility, are identified and clearly taught in a seamless manner through course content.
2. Emphasis is placed on minds-on learning and on fostering a spirit of inquiry in students; standardized tests, while important, do not drive curriculum and instruction.
3. The curriculum is knowledge-rich and built with the goal of providing students with a common body of essential knowledge that promotes academic success, citizenship, and the centrality of the Western Tradition.
4. Literacy is taught through explicit phonics and grammar, and rational thought and expression are acquired through logic and rhetoric.
5. Greek and Latin constitute the foundational foreign language instruction for training in grammar, vocabulary, and critical thinking and as a bridge to the study of seminal texts and to other languages.
6. Classic works of history and literature, i.e. Great Books, constitute the texts students read, examine, and discuss with depth and seriousness.
7. Mathematical and scientific knowledge are pursued for their own sakes, not merely for their practical applications; both aim at human excellence.
8. Instruction in the fine and performing arts are essential to the curriculum and include instruction in theory, history, and performance.
9. Students are trained in study skills, planning, and organization, a close reading of the text, and note-taking.
10. Importance is placed on bodily fitness and physical education in concert with fit minds.
11. Co-curricular and extra-curricular academic and athletics activities are offered and encouraged to promote a well-ordered and well-rounded experience for students.
12. The education of children is viewed as a collaborative and essential partnership between parents and professional educators.