The Classical Academy offers a flexible academic program that allows students to excel at their own pace. Students are encouraged to master the “basics” in an environment that encourages meaningful intellectual stimulation. All programs are considered 100% independent study, although there is much support from teachers. Student work is assigned by credentialed teachers and reviewed at parent teacher conferences, which are held approximately every six weeks. Students have a variety of programs to choose from that best fit their needs.
Each year the academics are divided into six “units,” which are lesson plans packaged into five or six week increments. These units are written by credentialed teachers to provide instruction based on the topics, standards, and goals to be addressed in core curricular areas of language arts, literature, math, science, and history. The units are designed specifically for The Classical Academy parents and facilitate teaching at home.
Supplemental lessons are also provided in character education, and often ties are made with art and music. Units are posted to Schoology, our LMS (Learning Management System) one week before the instruction begins, allowing parents the time necessary to plan and prepare for the coming unit of study.
The Classical Academy curriculum combines the best of E.D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge Sequence, Common Core Standards, and the best of classical education. Parents receive prepared lesson plans, answer keys and accompanying books and resources to teach home lessons. Parent training and support is available throughout the school year.
There are three program options for students at The Classical Academy TK-8:
“A Track” students meet Tuesdays/Thursdays on campus from 8:00am – 2:30pm in “workshop”. There is a 20/1 student teacher ratio and students are taught language arts, math, science, PE and music. Traditional recess and lunch breaks are given. On non-workshop days students work independently with a supervising adult to complete language arts, math, and history.
“B Track” is identical to “A Track”, however students attend school workshops on Wednesdays and Fridays. Students in A and B Tracks must participate in scheduled parent–teacher conferences every Unit to assess student work.
The “C Track” program option provides the most flexibility with curriculum selection. Students work at home five days per week with the option of enrolling in up to six C’lective classes. Students are accountable to an Educational Specialist (ES), who is a credentialed teacher. Parents maintain weekly communication with their ES via email, phone calls or in person. Scheduled parent/teacher conferences are required every Unit to assess student work and learning.
C’Lectives are supplemental workshops exclusively for students enrolled in Track C. C’Lectives give Track C students the classroom interaction and friendship building opportunities that in-seat Track A and B students enjoy. Credentialed teachers work with no more than 25 students to develop higher-order thinking skills in core classes, such as history, science, math, and reading. Elective classes such as art, PE and STEAM are offered as well. Students may enroll in classes that meet Tuesday through Thursday at The Classical Academy. C’Lectives classes are a year-long commitment with sign-ups happening in the late spring through summer for the following school year.