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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 (K-6)
  • Charlotte’s Web (2nd)
  • Archimedes and the Door of Science (3rd)
  • Legamus: An Introduction to Latin (3rd)
  • Robin Hood (4th)
  • The Lord of the Rings (5th)
  • The Hiding Place (6th)

Some things your child will do…

  • Learn to read using phonics (K)
  • Recite parts of speech jingles (1st)
  • Celebrate the traditions of the United States (1st)
  • Write in Cursive (2nd)
  • Participate in Ancient Egyptian Day (2nd)
  • Identify examples of the Seven Virtues in all subjects they study (4th)
  • Perform a Shakespeare play (5th)
  • Write a biographical sketch describing someone (6th)
  • Imitate great poetry (6th)
  • Draw Asia (6th)

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, Greek and Roman history, multiplication tables, selections from Shakespeare, the parts of speech, prime numbers to 100, and numerous Bible passages, to name a few.

The Ambrose School

School of Logic (7-8)

236A0107Some things your child will read…

  • The Odyssey (7th)
  • Epic of Gilgamesh (7th)
  • Early History of Rome (7th)
  • Plutarch’s Julius Caesar (7th)
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine (8th)
  • Beowulf (8th)
  • The Magna Carta (8th)
  • Sir Gawain & the Green Knight (8th)

Some things your child will do…

  • Speak Latin in class
  • Discuss the worldviews demonstrated in the works they read
  • Identify formal logic and logical fallacies
  • Roleplay a figure from ancient history

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)

236A1214Some things your child will read…

  • History of the Peloponnesian War
  • The Republic
  • The Iliad
  • Democracy in America
  • U.S. Constitution
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Frankenstein
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • The Stranger

Some things your child will do…

  • Sing in our choir, play in our orchestra, perform a drama, or create art projects.
  • Have the option of taking up to 7 concurrent credit courses.
  • Consider how historical events shape and are shaped by the Great Conversation.

Integrated Symposium (Summa):

In our high school, students are focused on learning, integrating, and communicating truth. This synthesis comes together in our Summa courses. Summa Theologica in 11th grade focuses on theological questions, while Summa Civitas in 12th grade focuses on principles of government. Students do several research projects involving both secondary and primary sources that integrate across multiple subjects. Students write a thesis paper and then defend it in front of a panel of faculty or community members.