American Classical School uses the Stanford Achievement test. We will use standardized testing yearly to benchmark and measure student performance and progress against the broader population. Our Stanford scores will hope to consistently rank in the top 10% percent nationally. ACS students will consistently test a full grade level above their age groups in core subjects based on our teaching methods and parent involvement.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.
During the early years, the Schools primary goal is to foster a life-long love of learning. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs feature a developmentally appropriate curriculum in a nurturing environment. Committed teachers give personal, loving attention to each child helping to cultivate imagination and to teach basic skills and good habits. Creativity weaves its way through learning activities such as a phonics-based pre-reading program that leads children to begin reading as they enter kindergarten. Areas of study contribute to a cheerful and enlightening atmosphere for these young children.
Grades 1 and 2.
An accelerated program rooted in the fundamentals is complemented by an emphasis on communication skills. Students keep journals to enrich writing skills, practice recitation and public speaking, and begin to prepare multi-media presentations. With an understanding of their students’ individual talents and motivations, teachers lead them on an exciting path of discovery. They not only impart specific information, but help children apply this knowledge to their lives using critical thinking skills. Teachers are careful to build a skill-set of study habits that will serve their students well not only at this level, but beyond.
Grade 3 through Grade 8.
ACS teachers will provide a challenging and stimulating environment for completing Lower School classes and entering Middle School. The academic program continues to focus on core subjects with major emphasis on Writing, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (S.T.E.M) and Languages. Teachers further challenge and stimulate their students with contests in oratory, poetry, math and spelling.
Grade 9 through Grade 12.
At the High school level, ACS will focus on college readiness and preparatory courses with advanced skill sets to harness each students potential on their academic journey and degree goals. Emphasis are also placed on college credit courses at each individual level.
STEM still remains a strong focus for the science inclined students while Language, poetry and the art are the focus of the art inspired young adult.