Our curriculum exceeds state standards. We blend interesting, traditional course work with real world training. Most of our courses are in those good solid subjects that students of previous generations used to study. We believe that the trendy courses that have crept into mainstream public school curricula in recent decades have in large measure been detrimental to meaningful student achievement. Those courses have been designed more for “fun” and “self-esteem building” than for serious education. A solid foundation in traditional, core subjects must be built before moving on to light and experimental courses. A person can’t survive on desserts and sweets alone. One needs hearty helpings of meat and potatoes in order to grow strong.
We offer English Grammar, Civics, American History (one year in junior high and two full years in high school), World History, Geography, Algebra, Geometry, Astronomy, Economics, Biology, Latin, Chemistry, Calculus, Geology, Western Philosophy, Physics, Physical Education, Political Science, Fine Arts, Composition, and Literature. Also included in our curriculum are a few courses designed to provide students with real world, practical life skills. Balancing a checkbook, living within a budget, paying taxes, shopping for insurance, cooking a meal, changing a car tire, and sewing on a button are among the many varied skills that students are exposed to in our “Self-reliance” classes.
We do not offer our courses as if they are part of a curricular smorgasbord. Most of our courses are required, i.e., every student must take them. This way students and parents know exactly what to expect, and they can be confident of what will have been studied by the time of graduation.
Our focus on America’s history and government derives from the essentiality of citizens in a free society to learn and understand these things. Knowing history is the mark of an educated person. The typical high school graduate’s shocking lack of historical knowledge cannot be tolerated if we are to endure as a free nation.