Our Curriculum

Classical Education:

A proven, classically designed program that leverages Core Knowledge content, Singapore Math concepts and an early emphasis on foreign language.

  • The focus is on the development of critical thinking and persuasive argument skills.
  • The focus IS NOT solely on passing standardized tests.
  • There is ample opportunity to provide individualized instruction as needed.
  • Teachers are empowered to use creative approaches to meeting student needs.

What makes CLASSICAL EDUCATION so effective? It is largely because of its approach to how and when students are taught. Regardless of their learning style, children learn in three phases or stages (grammar, logic or dialectic, and rhetoric), known as the trivium. In the grammar stage (K-6), students are naturally adept at memorizing through songs, chants, and rhymes. If you can get children in this stage to sing or chant something, they will remember it for a lifetime. In the dialectic or logic stage (grades 7-9), teenage students are naturally more argumentative and begin to question authority and facts. They want to know the “why” of something—the logic behind it. During this stage, students learn reasoning, informal and formal logic, and how to argue with wisdom and eloquence. The rhetoric stage (grades 10-12) is naturally when students become independent thinkers and communicators. They study and practice rhetoric, which is the art of persuasive speaking and effective writing that pleases and delights the listener. Again, it is this approach to teaching students based on their developmental stage that makes this approach so very effective.

Anticipated Results:
Our teaching methods are modeled on an existing charter school program that has demonstrated SAT scores that are 300 points higher than the average similarly situated public school.

Singapore Math: is a mastery-based curriculum that focuses on conceptual understanding, and is ahead of typical U.S. math books. Singapore Math uses the Concrete > Pictorial > Abstract approach.

Singapore Math web site