Kingswood Academy is dedicated to the academic, moral, physical, and spiritual formation of our students. We provide challenging academics through a classical curriculum in a morally sound and spiritually enriching environment.
What is Classical Curriculum?
- teaches a student how to think and reason critically
- provides a substantive base of knowledge, resulting in a well-rounded, culturally literate individual
- uses history from ancients to moderns as its organizing theme
- emphasizes learning through written and spoken words instead of through images (pictures and videos)
- requires the mind to work harder because of its language based learning
Kingswood Academy’s curriculum is based on the Core Knowledge Sequence, a set of high academic standards developed by E.D. Hirsch. Kingswood uses high quality texts to facilitate learning. Quality curriculum, however, is much more than a set of books and standards, it is something that comes to life in the hands of highly qualified teachers. Kingswood teachers meet each child where they are and encourage them to achieve their highest academic potential.
Kingswood Academy supports parents as the primary educators of their children. We hope that you will be very involved with your child’s education. Your help is necessary for your child to reach his or her fullest potential. The Curriculum Summary should help you work with your children and make it easier to talk with the teacher about their progress.
Kingwood offers a rigorous classical education focused on educating the whole person. Each child is taught in an encouraging atmosphere where respect, responsibility, reverence, and independence are cultivated. This creates a safe environment where children can share, explore, question, and develop a love for learning. Our students learn not only academic material, and are exposed to the great works of western civilization, including the “great minds” in history and literary classics, but they learn how to work hard, think critically, and develop an appreciation for the beauty, goodness, and truth of creation. Children are taught to realize who they are and their role in the world, so they can better serve society. in so doing, students develop strong capabilities in writing and speaking. Additionally, we offer a strong math and science curriculum with our eighth graders consistently making it to the state science fair and many earning gold medals. Music and fine art classes are offered as part of the curriculum as well.
Central to the school’s mission is the partnership in education that exists between the parents and the faculty. We partner with parents to cultivate academic excellence and human virtues, inspiring each child to become a leader who lives by Christian principles.
Classical Curriculum “Kingswood Academy provides challenging academics through a classical curriculum in a morally sound and spiritually enriching environment.” The classical method of education was born in ancient Greece and Rome and used throughout the Western world by the 16th century. It remained the norm until at least 1850. The reason for its widespread use: It works. The worlds’ great authors, statesmen, scientists and politicians were classically educated. For the last 50 years, conventional education has taken an experimental attitude, trying a new approach and then abandoning it for the next great thing when it fails. Much modern education is so eclectic that the student has little opportunity to make connections between past events and the flood of current information. In the meantime, in the 1940s, Dorothy Sayers advocated a return to classical education and to teaching students how to think. Instead of the latest fad, classical education is a return to a system proven for more than 1,000 years. Classical education follows a three-part pattern known as the Trivium: the mind first must be supplied with facts; then given the logical tools for organizing those facts; and finally equipped to express conclusions. Students throughout all grade levels benefit from each method of teaching. Classical education works because it focuses on the way children learn best at each stage of life, then builds on the foundation of previous stages. New students, however, can be successfully integrated at any grade. In the Grammar (elementary) Stage, students enjoy memorizing songs, rhymes, and jingles. This is important because in many schools, students don’t memorize anything anymore. Children learn the factual foundations of each subject and learn rules of phonics, spelling and grammar. Children hear stories in history and literature; they memorize math facts and descriptions of plants and animals. In the Dialectic/Logic (middle school) Stage, teachers channel students’ natural desire to argue through the formal study of logic. Students are interested in cause and effect, relationships between different fields of knowledge, and the way facts fit together in a logical framework. Students analyze, evaluate and critique information. Students discover why the War of 1812 was fought instead of simply reading the history. The logic of science requires that children learn the scientific method. They learn persuasive writing and guided critical analysis. In a high school with a classical education, you would find the Rhetoric Stage where students have acquired knowledge and the skills necessary to arrange facts into arguments. They develop the skills needed to communicate those arguments to others through writing and speech. Students research important themes and present those concepts in papers and speeches. They discuss world events and explore career options. They are well-prepared to become lifelong learners. The Classical Curriculum · teaches a student how to think and reason critically · provides a substantive base of knowledge, resulting in a well-rounded, culturally literate individual · uses history from ancients to moderns as its organizing theme · emphasizes learning through written and spoken words instead of through images (pictures and videos) · requires the mind to work harder because of its language based learning.