Our academic program, based in the Christian classical method, develops students’ character, depth of intellect, reasoning, and speaking. We encourage you to spend time researching our method, but there are a few obvious differences which we list here:

 

Kindergarten and 1st grade:

These “pre-grammar” years are focused on developing an excellent foundation in reading, writing, and math.

Our goal is to have students reading children’s classics (rather than graded readers common in other schools) and writing with confidence by 2nd grade. We use a phonics program and a grammar program that build these core skills at an advanced rate.

Students joining us during these grades are generally able to catch up within a few weeks. They do need to have a foundation in letters and numbers, but most students find our structure and educational system enjoyable after only a few months.
 

2nd through 4th grade:

In 2nd through 4th grade, our students hone their core skills of reading, writing, and math while they learn Latin, science, literature, geography, and history.

Our goal during these years is to develop independent study skills and self-learning by the time the student begins the 5th grade. We deeply study specific areas of science and history since students in these years find a detailed depth of knowledge in an area more easily grasped and understood than high-level abstractions.

Students who join us during these years find that they are able to catch up within a few months. Of course, we make provisions to “form” back students for Latin and Math since these are often deficient areas for students who transfer in.
 

5th and 6th grade:

Once students have developed an independence and love of learning, it’s time to immerse them further into the wonder of learning. During these years, students engage literature and history with a sense of excitement and personal understanding not often present in earlier years. They begin to understand the deeper and more complex way of enjoying literature and writing creatively.

 

Students who join us during these years need to be strong readers. They will need to catch up in math since we typically run at least a year ahead of other area schools. We can accommodate their Latin deficiency through one-on-one tutoring, but they will have to work to catch up. By November of their first year, they are normally well up to speed.
 

7th and 8th grade:

The core of our “logic phase,” we begin to transition students in these grades to think for themselves. As Dorothy Sayers said, adolescents love to argue, so teach them to argue well!

Our Letters track begins in the 7th grade as students immerse themselves into worldviews. History, literature, philosophy, theology, and art are taught as an integrated whole, with scripture as the revelation of God’s truth. These classes are taught almost entirely from original source documents, not textbooks. We teach students to develop their own understanding of history from those who lived at the time, rather than depending on the skew of a textbook.

Students entering into these grades need to be advanced in math, reading and writing. We accommodate students in Latin through tutoring.