In keeping with our classical trivium approach, the student body is categorized into three different sections:
The Grammar School (K-5th)
- Grades K-5
- 2 Days/Week Attendance
- Core Focus: Repetition & Fact Recitation
The School of Logic (6th-8th)
- Grades 6-8
- 3 Days/Week Attendance
- Intro to Logic & Latin
The School of Rhetoric (9th-12th)
- Grades 9 -12
- 3 Days/Week Attendance
- Continuation of Logic & Latin, Intro to Debate
Each level has its own developmentally appropriate focus designed to coincide with the natural bent of each stage of growth.
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little…” Isaiah 28:10
The philosophy of education at FA is rooted in the biblical example set forth by Jesus, who took ordinary people and did extraordinary things in and through them. Therefore, a student who satisfies the requirements for admission to FA, and is subsequently recommended for enrollment in the academy, regardless of his/her educational background will be challenged and equipped to move to an even higher level of spiritual and academic accomplishment in preparation for college, and for life. Added to this is the fundamental focus on preserving and strengthening the God-ordained family relationships in which Christian faith and education is most effectively fostered—thus we provide the “gift of time” to students and families by offering a college-style schedule of classes, which typically demands no more than three classroom hours per week per course.
With this in mind, FA provides a challenging academic environment in the context of biblical values, whose instructors unapologetically teach in a manner consistent with the academy’s statement of faith, emphasizing the necessity of personal character growth. In addition, the academy offers academically challenging, college-preparatory courses that integrate an appropriate level of parental involvement into each student’s out-of-class study. The academy encourages and expects the student to learn the material assigned and provides regular feedback to both the student and parents concerning the student’s progress in each class enrolled. Finally, the academy integrates a biblical worldview into the context of the various subject areas offered; that Christian character-building will receive support and enhancement inside and outside the home.
Video clip of first grade grammar exercises (Shurley English jingles & sentence diagramming):
This model of schooling is therefore designed for those families in which parents take an active role in the oversight and implementation of their children’s education. As the level of parental involvement progresses from being a co-teacher in the grammar school years, to a guide for more independent study in the school of logic, to more of a course monitor during the rhetoric courses, parents are expected to continue exercising loving and active responsibility for their children through graduation. In partnership with these committed parents, the academy is then able to integrate the home and school effectively toward the common goal of Christian character development and solid academic preparation for college.