Timeless Teaching for a Changing World
Rigorous education does not have to mean highly stressful environments. We follow best practices for teaching from a variety of educational models from around the world - all while focusing on the fundamentals of a Classical Education.
The study of the classics helps 21st century students gain fundamental life skills from open-mindedness to elasticity of thought.
Ms. Simon teaches students how to think critically about a topic, how to express their ideas about that topic, and how to apply it to their 21st century lives.
This means we take the time to get to know each student, their interests, and their abilities. Our students set the pace for their learning based on their abilities and interests.
We believe the best way to achieve this is through student-driven discussions, student-centered education plans, interdisciplinary project based learning activities, and applications based assessments.
There is no substitute for experience. Our academics program is rooted in the applicability of everything our students study. Our students learn classical studies through an interdisciplinary project-based learning environment. In this manner our students develop their skills in technology usage, written and oral communications, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and creative endeavors from art to gardening.
By having a school culture founded in our 5 Guiding Principles and the Lessons of Tolerance found by studying American History, World Literature, and the Holocaust and Human Rights our students learn the importance of freedom, democracy, individuality, and critical thinking.
By having a school curriculum founded in the Classics our students learn to think beyond the present, to cherish deep contemplative thinking and articulate accurate communication of thoughts and to connect daily to the centuries of human existence dating back to antiquity.
Our students enjoy experiencing the theories they study through interactive, hands-on field trips and develop strong reasoning and argumentative skills through open-air (when possible) Socratic seminars, History Fair, Da Vinci Days (interdisciplinary projects expo for the community), and cultural appreciation opportunities.
We believe learning can happen anywhere, and that students remember what they interacted with and enjoyed more than what they read alone. The learning process is not a passive one. For this reason our academic year consists of weekly enrichment activities and field trips to a wide variety of in-county and out-of-county locations.
Our students also learn that each of them is unique with gifts and purpose. They are encouraged to discover their purpose and use it to spread positive energy, kindness, compassion, empathy, and help build and strengthen their community and country through their chosen interests.