The first cornerstone mentioned in our Mission Statement is "Intellect." This is intentional, implying that each student's academic depth is a priority. When a student learns how to view things objectively, think critically, and problem solve effectively, the world becomes more manageable and roadblocks less problematic. To reach this point, each student requires continuous engagement with excellent resources, curriculum, and mentors.
Strong literacy skills are imperative for young minds to grow unhampered. We begin in Year 1 teaching our elementary students the foundational elements of language through the study of phonograms. As they advance through the program over the next few years they will master spelling rules, grammar rules, and cursive handwriting.
Our older students read and analyze classic and historical novels.
With a strong base in language and math, students enjoy the exciting world of science and experimentation. They study scientific processes, laws, inventors, and famous scientists.
Writing is a masterful form of communication and essential to expressing one's viewpoints effectively. Our students follow the classical Progymnasmata method of using writing and rhetoric to organizing thoughts, ideas, opinions, and information. They write regularly and experience a wide variety of challenges, from thesis essays to creative short stories to poetry. We aim to create powerful writers who aspire to master the English language.
Everyone should know where they are in relation to the rest of the world, historical and geographically. Starting with Year 1 our students learn about world cultures, geography, and religion. They study American history, geography, and Government. One cannot improve the world without knowing what needs improving.
Whether a stay-at-home mother or an industry professional, the ability to correctly calculate and manipulate numbers is imperative. We desire each of our students build a solid and thorough foundation of number sense. They are taught why math works and how to look at it from different viewpoints. Their math experience is much richer than a simplified rote memorization technique. Mastering mathematics is vital and key to lasting success.
Research shows that musical experiences in childhood can accelerate brain development in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. Learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Music is an integral part in our student program starting at Year 1.