Our Curriculum 

We believe that a liberal arts education empowers students to think critically, to communicate clearly and eloquently, and to embrace life-long learning.

There’s a lot of emphasis on STEM, STEAM, and science-focused education these days, and that can be a great option for some people. But a classic liberal arts education—in which students explore humanities, social sciences, creative arts, mathematics, and the sciences—prepares students for whatever the future holds, giving them skills that transfer to an endless range of disciplines and careers. A liberal arts education prepares you to be a philosopher, but it also prepares you to be a computer engineer, a scientist, an entrepreneur … The list goes on and on. 

  • PHILOSOPHY Philosophy is a cornerstone of our high school education. Students explore the principles of critical thinking and logic as well as delving into epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and metaphysics through literature and history.

  • LITERATURE Our literature curriculum is anchored by great books, from ancient texts to modern classics. We try to balance books in the established canon with more diverse works that deserve a place among the classics.

  • MATHEMATICS Our math lab approach helps students build math confidence and skills with supportive, individualized instruction. With a spiral approach that steadily reinforces skills while teaching new ones, our math method helps students succeed.

  • HISTORY Our history curriculum follows a four-year cycle, covering Ancient History, World History, U.S. History, and Asian History. Our history studies focus on a few narrow topics so that we can dig into them deeply and rigorously. 

  • THEORETICAL SCIENCES Our four-year science cycle focuses on helping students understand the philosophical foundations of astronomy, biology, physics, and chemistry. Our emphasis is on the scientific method as a tool for understanding the world.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES Students at the Academy will graduate with credits in both Latin and Spanish, giving them the best of both worlds: the vocabulary and grammar-boosting power of classical Latin and a modern language relevant in today's world.

But we know what you do in school is only part of your education. Our schedule is set up so that you spend 14 weeks each semester working hard on structured academics, leaving you 24 weeks each year to pursue your own passions. Academy students tackle AP classes, participate in drama troupes, work at part-time jobs and internships, volunteer, and play during their time off.