ResponsiveEd provides a range of school choices. We provide several classical options because we believe it promotes wisdom and virtue and prepares our students to live as responsible citizens and lifelong learners in a free society. Within our classical programs we believe there are at minimum 13 elements classical education should include.
1. From curriculum to school culture the formation of character and responsible citizenship constitute the chief ends of education.
2. A rich academic curriculum informs the truth-centered engagement between and among all faculty and students.
3. Objective standards of truth, beauty, and goodness are assumed and taught across all subjects providing a basis for meaningful distinctions between authors, artists and ideas.
4. History serves as the framework around which all other subjects form a complementary and unified approach to knowledge.
5. Western civilization is cherished and central to a proper appreciation for the founding principles, institutions, and traditions of American civilization.
6. Explicit phonics and grammar instruction are utilized to equip students with the tools to read and effectively communicate in oral and written form so as to master the English language.
7. Greek and Latin constitute the foundational foreign language component for training in grammar, vocabulary, and critical thinking and as a bridge to the study of other languages.
8. Classic and whole works of literature constitute the core canon of books that students read, examine and discuss with depth.
9. Fine Arts – including visual arts, drama and music – are strongly encouraged as a component of a liberal arts education for all children.
10. Mathematical and scientific knowledge should be pursued for their own sakes, not merely for their practical applications; both disciplines aim at human excellence.
11. Students regularly memorize and recite important works of literature and history as an integral part of their educational formation.
12. Each faculty member is esteemed and supported by colleagues as an academic leader and master teacher who exhibits a spirit of inquiry and pursues virtue.
13. The education of children is viewed—in loco parentis—as a collaborative and welcome partnership between parents and professional educators.
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