A classical education is a content-rich, time-tested educational model that is systematic and comprehensive. It focuses on the liberal arts and sciences, moral character, and civic virtue. Classical education focuses on valuing knowledge for its own sake, and teaching children how to learn. The classical view of education holds that human beings are born with an innate curiosity that can be honed through education. Classical education aims to bring out the best in every person by teaching young people critical thinking and problem solving skills.
“Liberal” comes from the Latin word “libertas” meaning “freedom.” The American Association for the Advancement of Science describes a liberal education in this way: “…liberal education produces persons who are open-minded; conscious of their opinions and judgments; reflective of their actions; and aware of their place in the social and natural worlds.” In short, liberally educated people are trained to think for themselves.
Our curriculum is language-focused where learning is accomplished through written and spoken words. It is well-rounded with a phonics-based approach to reading, and in mathematics it tightly aligns procedural fluency and conceptual application. Grammar is taught formally, as a foundational component of how the English language works. Great, classical works of literature allow students to connect to virtue and explore humanity in ways that nothing else can. Science is experienced through inquiry and hands-on laboratories. History leverages primary source documents, emphasizes civic responsibility, and is the organizing principle around which the subjects are arranged. Cultivating an affinity for beauty and artistic expression are important reasons why we teach art and music as core subject areas.
Yes, we will begin studying the Latin origins and roots of English words in elementary and begin a formal study of the language at the middle grade levels.
Yes, classical education emphasizes the importance of penmanship and cursive writing.
Yes, Tallahassee Classical will offer services to students with special needs and looks forward to working together with families to help these students succeed in the classroom and beyond.
No, as a public school, Tallahassee Classical is nonsectarian. Everyone should feel welcome and is a part of the education at Tallahassee Classical School, no matter their belief system or lack thereof.
Yes, as a public school all of our teachers are required by law to hold a professional Florida teaching certification.
Yes, as a public school the students will take state mandated standardized tests.
Tallahassee Classical plans to coordinate carpools for parents to use.
Yes, Tallahassee Classical will offer lunch.
Yes, students will wear uniforms.
Yes, Tallahassee Classical will have a robust offering of sports and extracurricular activities.
Yes, there will be a variety of programs available to students both before and after the school day.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is currently being evaluated as an option for the future, but will not be available in our first year of operation as of now.
Tallahassee Classical School will be located in Leon County. Our exact location will be announced later in 2018.