Leon County’s newest charter school Tallahassee Classical is set to open in August despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The school’s principal, Adrienne Campbell, recently held a live Q&A session via Facebook. She addressed parents’ questions and concerns for the upcoming school year and said the school would open in the fall “whether it be virtual or not.”
Work on its building and grounds continues off of Tram Road near Southwood; construction is considered an “essential” activity during the state’s coronavirus-caused stay-at-home directive.
The school focuses on a classical education, one that hinges on breaking down concepts like English, math and science in early grades.
Tallahassee Classical describes its curriculum as “language-focused.” Students are introduced to Latin and Greek in 4th grade and continue formal training in 6th grade.
In case the school opens virtually, Campbell has developed lesson plans using various online platforms. She assured parents that if the curriculum had to be moved online, it would do so “in an efficient manner.”
The school uses Singapore Math, which encourages students to think of math as a “progression.” The school has hired teachers for courses such as music, English, math, and physical education, Campbell said.
Students will begin to read and recite Shakespeare in middle school. Students will combine dramatic arts with English classes to act out some of Shakespeare’s scenes, which is “one of the fun things about a classical education,” Campbell said.
Tallahassee Classical also will offer clubs and activities such as archery, chess and other athletics. The school will have a competitive archery team, thus the name of the school’s mascot — the “Archers.”
If the classical school is able to physically open in August, then class days will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. An afterschool program is set to last till 6 p.m. daily.