Classical education is a liberal arts education rooted in human nature and moral formation, teaching children to think and learn for themselves by imparting to them the tools of learning. Classical education prepares young people to live in independence and freedom, engaging them in the highest concerns and the deepest inquiries of truth, justice, virtue, and beauty, while equipping them to live well and continue learning for the rest of their lives.
Academically, a classical education encompasses:
- A content-rich, traditional curriculum providing a strong foundation in key subjects, recurrent examination of subjects, while slowly building towards mastery.
- Concentrated study of the core academic disciplines: history, literature, mathematics, and science
- An appreciation for—and study of—the visual and performing arts
- A strong emphasis on language, literacy, writing, and mastery of the English language
- Reading of the great books in literature and primary source documents in history
- Socratic teaching by kind-hearted teachers who are subject matter experts
Pre-K course of study includes early math concepts, problem solving, language and vocabulary, pre-writing skills, listening and Music/Bible through hands-on learning experiences including fine and gross motor activities, centers and play. Students have the opportunity to build socialization skills and community during lunch, recess and free play times.
(K – 2nd)
Kindergarten through 2nd grade students develop the foundational skills for and cultivate a lifetime love of learning. In our classical instructional program, students in these foundational grades master the basic knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for our Essentials and Mastery Programs. In the Foundations years, students are challenged, as well as nurtured, academically, physically, and spiritually. Children build a strong foundation by learning the rules and facts of subjects (phonics, spelling, grammar, addition and multiplication tables) Each subject has its own ‘grammar’ – in science, children learn facts about nature; in math, children learn multiplication tables; in geography, children learn the continents, etc. Songs, poems, rhymes and age-appropriate manipulatives can be used to help children enjoy and embrace the learning experience.
Foundations course of study includes Reading, Phonics, Writing, Grammar, Penmanship, History, Spelling, Math, Science, Art, and Music/Bible through hands-on learning experiences including fine and gross motor activities, centers and play. Students have the opportunity to build socialization skills and community during lunch, recess and free play times.
(3rd – 6th)
Essentials course of study includes Reading, Writing, Grammar, Latin, Spelling, Penmanship, History, Math, Science, Art and Music/Bible. Students are introduced to independent and logical thinking through the use of English grammar, pre-logic and logic exercises, and through making connections in history, literature, math and science. Students are challenged to ask “Why?” and to seek the meaning behind the content they learn in all subjects. Students have the opportunity to build socialization skills and community during lunch, recess and free play times.
(7th – 12th)
7th through 12th grade students engage in a comprehensive core of classes, developing their communication skills through oral and written expression as they articulate their knowledge across various disciplines of study. They are encouraged to make meaningful connections between their learning and their faith to impact the world around them. Mastery students are taught to read, write, think and discuss critically. Our Mastery Program aims at applied knowledge, self-understanding, and wisdom.
Mastery course of study includes Literature, Math, Science, History, Grammar, Latin, Speech, and Music. Students practice the skills needed for leadership – logic, debate, public speaking, clear reasoning, researching, writing, and communicating – in every subject (math, science, history, literature, Latin, fine arts, and more), preparing them to become leaders in any field they pursue.
Transcripts: Ancora Academy is not accredited, however we will give you a list of classes completed at the end of the year. Mastery students will include their grades. You can add this to your students’ academic records.