We believe each student is entitled to a unique, customized education that is reflective of each student’s individual talents and strengths. The flexibility allowed by the smaller learning environment provides for a customized education for each individual student throughout the curriculum, activities and programs.
We believe that a traditional education, in which the history, literature, languages, sciences and cultures of Western Civilization are studied in depth, must be balanced with a study of additional world cultures in order to promote cultural empathy, understanding and global awareness. We believe the needs of the individual student must be balanced with the needs of the school as a whole. We further believe that a challenging, rigorous academic curriculum, such as ours, must be balanced with exciting athletics programs, inspiring creative arts programs and plenty of fun filled activities.
We believe the school is an extension of the family. We believe the school that best serves the student, best serves the family. We believe the school and student families must embrace a philosophy of cooperation, compassion and respect in regard to all parties: students, parents and family, Master Academicians, Instructional Assistants, Professional Experts, Administration and Staff.
We believe that students should be able to progress in their studies according to their own developmental stage and accomplishments within each individual subject, rather than limiting their potential for growth and development based solely upon “grade” or chronological age. This approach makes it possible for students to study a variety of subjects based upon demonstrated ability in each subject area, rather than studying course work based simply upon “grade” or chronological age.
Toward this end, we believe that at all levels of instruction, that the instructional model wherein a team of Master Academicians collaborate to provide each student with the best customized curriculum possible, best serves a student population.
We believe that classes must be limited to no more than 15 students.
We believe that students benefit from attending flexibly grouped classes that are comprised of students of the same achievement level, but sometimes of varying ages. Students learn to respect diversity in intellect. They learn to recognize excellence in aptitude in varying subjects and content areas including, but not limited to, academics. Older students develop a sense of concern and responsibility toward younger students. Younger students emulate and esteem older students. All students learn to operate comfortably with persons outside of their own chronologically age-based peer group.
We believe that the coordinated or cross-curricular method of instruction must be utilized whenever possible. We believe all faculty members must cooperate fully to coordinate and implement such methods of instruction.
We believe talent or ability in any subject is honorable and worthy of respect, and should be encouraged and developed to its fullest extent, whether that talent presents itself in the area of language arts, music, visual art, theatre, humanities, sports, mathematics or science. Students should be encouraged to pursue and explore their passions, natural talents and interests.