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Curriculum Highlights

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While we cannot expose you to all aspects of our classroom experience here, we have selected a few highlights. These represent a small fraction of our curriculum, but they do provide insight into our classroom experience.

The Ambrose School

Grammar School (K-6)

236A0102Some things your child will read…

  • Saxon Math
  • Latin for Children (3rd-5th)
  • Tut’s Mummy (2nd)
  • Little House in the Big Woods (2nd)
  • Huck Finn (6th)
  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins (4th)
  • Hamlet (5th)
  • Latina Christiana (3rd & 4th)
  • Henle Latin I (5th & 6th)
  • Exploring Creation with General Science (6th)

Some things your child will do…

  • Perform a Shakespeare play (5th)
  • Write three point paragraphs and short stories (5th)
  • Identify 30 master paintings, their style, and their artists (K-1)
  • Classically Cursive Penmanship (2nd)
  • Ancient Egyptian Day (2nd)
  • Traditions of the United States (1st)
  • Parts of speech jingles (1st)
  • 40 famous men of the middle ages (4th)

Recitation:

This age loves to memorize using songs, chants, rhythm, or rhyme. We use this to teach students all sorts of factual material including: oceans and continents, major pharaohs of Egypt, taxonomy classification (biology), Greek and Roman history, the Battle of Marathon, multiplication tables, the Periodic Table of the Elements, countries of the world, selected Shakespeare, the parts of speech, prime numbers to 100, numerous Bible passages, and a Renaissance and Reformation timeline, to name a few.

The Ambrose School

School of Logic (7-8)

236A0107Some things your child will read…

  • The Aeneid — Virgil (7th)
  • Caesar’s Gallic Wars (7th)
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine (8th)
  • The Prince — Machiavelli (8th)
  • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (8th)
  • Civil Disobedience — Thoreau
  • Ecclesiastical History of the English People (8th)
  • Of Plymouth Plantation — Bradford (8th)

Some things your child will do…

  • Latin translation exercises in class
  • In-class discussions of universal themes in ancient writings
  • Practice in formal logic and logical fallacies
  • Informal debates on contemporary issues
  • Role playing various socio-political groups in antiquity

Socratic teaching:

This form of guided question and answer is highly effective in teaching children to think. The teacher typically asks a broad “opinion” question that seems to have no right answer. Then, as the students attempt to answer, the teacher guides them through the use of logic toward the correct answer. While this seems straight-forward, Socratic teaching is an art. It takes time, which is why most schools do not practice it. The Ambrose Shool is more concerned with teaching students to think than filling their heads with information.

The Ambrose School

School of Rhetoric (9-12) Thesis books

236A1214Some things your child will read…

  • The History of the Kings of Britain
  • History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Plato’s Republic
  • Homer’s Illiad
  • History of England — Hume
  • The Magna Carta
  • Discourse on the Method — Descartes
  • Democracy in America — Tocqueville
  • Metaphysics of Mortals — Kant
  • From Archimedes to Newton (calculus)

Some things your child will do…

12th graders complete a Summa project which integrates at least four major disciplines (history, philosophy, literature, art, theology, math, science, language, or logic). They also write and orally defend a senior paper that takes a position on a controversial topic. 10th graders prepare for the AP tests in Latin (to obtain college credit). All students engage in debates to test their logical and rhetorical skills. 11th and 12th graders have the option of college prep calculus (1&2) and physics (1&2).

Integrated Symposium (Summa):

In our high school, students are focused on learning, integrating, and communicating truth. This synthesis comes together in our Summa courses. Students are asked to do several research projects involving both secondary and primary sources that integrate across multiple subjects. They then must write a proposal and defend it orally. In the end, a student will present a written proposal and will defend the proposal in front of faculty.