The Classical Academy is dedicated to developing self‑motivated, life‑long learners through this six fold vision:
To pursue academic excellence with an emphasis on mastery of the “basics” and development of critical skills through clearly articulated standards in all subjects.
- To encourage individualized learning through smaller workshop size, understanding of learning styles, the teaching of specific study strategies, and the understanding of each child’s uniqueness.
- To maximize the effectiveness and enjoyment of learning through multi‑sensory, interactive methods of instruction inclusive of critical thinking skills, use of effective innovative teaching strategies, and integrated teaching across the curriculum.
- To provide a content‑rich education that inspires excellence by holding forth examples of classic works of literature, music, and art, which have stood the test of time and been widely recognized as the very best.
- To give high priority to an enriched curriculum inclusive of computer technology, science technology, art, music, drama, Spanish, and PE.
- To foster the development of the whole child through strong parental involvement with an emphasis on positive character development and service‑learning in the community at large.
STATE STANDARDS AND ASSESSMENTS
The Classical Academies adhere to all California State Standards. In the last ten years we have seen significant changes to standards in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and history. These changes have served to strengthen our educational programming and to enhance learning at all levels. We continue to work with our teachers and parents to ensure that the integration of these standards fits within the uniqueness of our program.
Standards provide a clear and consistent road map as we plan curriculum and instruction. They provide a clear understanding of what students are expected to know and be able to accomplish academically. The state standards articulate a set of goals and learning targets for K-12 students. The goal behind these standards is to best position students to compete successfully in the global economy, thus fully preparing all students for college, career and citizenship.
We use a variety of assessments to track understanding, monitor progress, and celebrate accomplishments. Assessments include formative assessments that take place during learning and summative tests that provide end-of-unit data on learning. We implement the use of teacher/parent created tests as well as standardized testing. A variety of questioning techniques are used in assessments, including, but not limited to, multiple choice, free response, project-based, and performance-based.
We monitor annual personal growth using NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Performance) assessments (K-8) and California State performance assessments (3-11). High School students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes take the College Board AP exams. High school students are also encouraged to take the SAT’s and/or ACT’s as required for college admissions.