Grammar School (3rd-6th)
Upper School (7th-8th)
Grammar school will continue to reinforce the important
academic and social skills emphasized in the primary school:
- Quality written work completed in a timely manner
- Legible penmanship and accurate spelling
- Speed and accuracy in arithmetic
- Reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition
- Memorization of poetry and Scripture
- Appropriate classroom behavior
- Discipline and self-control
- Good manners and respect for adults and classmates
Students will learn from well-designed materials, high quality content, and teacher-directed lessons. Classrooms are quiet, disciplined, and orderly, with minimal visual distractions. Students are motivated to work and learn because they are led by knowledgeable, enthusiastic teachers. Students work hard and are rewarded every day with breaks for physical exercise, music, drawing, art, and review games. Students in grades 3-6 are carefully prepared for the reading of classic literature and history, and for advanced math and science which begin in the Upper School in grade 7.
For the traditional curriculum:
- English Recitation and Composition and spelling. The distinguishing mark of the educated person is mastery of the English language in reading, writing, and speaking. These multifaceted skills require many years to reach a high level and are greatly enhanced by the study of Latin and Greek. Students will study English grammar and vocabulary in both English and Latin classes
- The mathematics program is based on mastery learning using memorization and repeated practice in the lower grades. After mastery of arithmetic, students embark on the study of mathematics, a large and varied subject that includes many topics, such as algebra, geometry, and calculus. Topics from the world of mathematics are suitable for students who have reached the age of abstract thinking in middle and high school.
- The science curriculum develops the observational skills that lie at the heart of the scientific endeavor. Students study constellations, the solar system, Earth, invertebrates, insects, vertebrates, birds, plants, and tree identification.
- The very best in English literature and poetry are taught in depth using Memoria Press study guides.
- In American/Modern Studies students focus on states, capitals, and world geography in grades 3-5, and American history in grade 6, 7, and 8.
For the classical curriculum:
- Latin – Students memorize the complete Latin grammar and a Latin vocabulary of about 800 words.
- Classical Studies – Students study Greek myths and Greek, Roman, Ancient and Medieval history. In Eighth grade students read and study The Iliad and The Odyssey.
- Christian Studies – Students learn all major Bible stories and memorize more than ninety of the most memorable and poetic verses of the King James Bible.
Classwork: All lessons are teacher directed. Students are given ample time to complete classroom assignments, which are carefully monitored so that students learn to do quality written work in a timely fashion.
Composition: Students write and illustrate one in-class composition each week in their Composition and Sketch Book. During the Spring Term students also write one multi-page report in class.
Homework: All material is covered carefully in class. Students who are attentive and work diligently in class should have no more than 30-45 minutes of homework each night and 2-3 hours on Mondays.
Our plan is to add a new grade a year, as needed, up to 12th grade to accommodate our upper school students.