MAPS (Music, Art, PE, and Science lab)
Students learn to sing and play instruments. In the fall, we’re preparing for our December Traditional Christmas Concert which draws an audience of over 1,200 each year.
Students appreciate art every day, but on MAPS days, they work in our art studio learning the essentials of drawing, painting, and sculpting in the classical form. Students work on the seven elements of art (line, shape, form, value, texture, color, space) to better reproduce the works of the masters.
Students participate in the Presidential Fitness program, as well as learn to dance and play numerous athletic games.
Each fall, every student in grades k-6 performs in a speech meet. The competition begins in class in front of three judges. Students can choose between famous oratory, poetry, or a story. Each year, about 30-40 students advance from the classroom round with a superior rating. These students compete in the semi-finals to determine which 8-10 will move on to the final exordium round. Over the years, students advance their speaking voice and presence before entering our rhetoric school where they are further challenged to defend a thesis. Our written and oral rhetoric track is one of the keystones of a classical education. Shaping students’ abilities at a young age is of priceless importance.
Parents notice the difference: “One of the most valuable experiences the graduates will have, or already have, is a skill which carries much more in life, than a lot of other skills…it is a skill of public speaking. Our daughter, Caroline, presenting during 4H meetings, does far better than 15-year olds from other schools…we can tell the difference.” A Parent of a 4th Grader.
Families who would like a little extra help with homework can join this very affordable club which meets for one hour after school for grades 1-6. Students can attend every day or selected days. Students work under the close supervision of adults and student tutors to focus on getting work done. This is particularly helpful in Latin, math, and history when students exceed their parents’ knowledge.
Music & Drama
General and Honors Orchestras
From accompanying student choirs to the “super spy fly by” to Mozart, members of this orchestra learn to play in a variety of settings.
Led by musician Ancel Schoberg, this group varies in instruments every year, but they always bring down the house.
Our grades 7-12 Honors choir that primarily sings a capella.
Cantavi (K-6 Select Choir)
Those students who audition in to our select children’s choir enjoy sharpening their talent to produce a sound only children can make at Christmas. This choir provides an opportunity for students to pursue excellence in music at a young age.
Grades 2-6, in a choir of between 14 and 20, play traditional carols on our hand chimes.
5th Grade Shakespeare Play
A long running tradition, this program may surprise you. First time attendees are often amazed by what 5th graders can do. Students perform a slightly abbreviated Shakespeare play, though the language remains “Shakespearean.”
Jr. High & High School Drama
Each year, our junior high and high-school drama students perform a play of significance to the classical theatrical tradition. Often, we do Shakespeare, but we also may do ancient Greek plays or, occasionally, 20th century works.