The Curriculum

The primary goal of CCA is to produce students who communicate effectively, are culturally literate, and are well-prepared for thoughtful, meaningful lives in American society. To achieve this goal, we will use time-honored instructional methods that may not fit the standard definition of “innovative,” but whose results throughout history speak volumes.

These methods include: (1) Explicit and Systematic Phonics Instruction, (2) Explicit English Grammar Instruction, (3) Ability Groupings, (4) Utilization of Primary Source Documents, (5) Teaching of Study Skills, (6) The Socratic Method.

CCA will emphasize an education in the humanities, the sciences, and the arts using several research-based curricula/programs in the elementary and middle schools, which include:

         • The Core Knowledge Sequence (a specific, grade-by-grade core curriculum of common learning)

         • Robust phonics program based on Orton-Gillingham research and methods (for explicit phonics, reading,            and language arts)

         • Singapore Math (a conceptual approach to mathematical skill building and problem solving)

         • Literacy, Literature, History and Geography, Mathematics, Science, Art and Music in Grades K-8

         • Grammar and Composition in Grades 3-8

        • The study of Latin in Grades 6-9, with introduction of Latin and Greek roots in Grades 4-5

In high school, students will receive a content-rich classical liberal arts education through a curriculum in literature, math, history, civics, the sciences, music and art that will align with and exceed state standards. Highlights include:

         • 4 years of history, including Ancient Greece and Rome (Grade 9), Middle Ages through Enlightenment
(Grade 10), American History (Grade 11), and Modern European History (Grade 12)

         • 4 years of literature, including Ancient Literature (Grade 9), British Literature (Grade 10), American              Literature (Grade 11), and Modern Literature (Grade 12)

         • 4 years of science (biology, chemistry, and physics/astronomy/earth science/AP study)

         • 4 years of math (geometry, algebra II, pre-calculus, trigonometry, and calculus)

         • 3 years of foreign language (1 year Latin, 2 years elective)

         • Core requirements in American Government, Moral Philosophy, Logic, Rhetoric, and Economics

Meet Some of Our Teachers

The BCSI curriculum places heavy emphasis on reading of original texts. Below are some of the authors whose works are featured in the teaching of literature, poetry, philosophy, economics, and the political and natural sciences.

St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Augustine
Jane Austen
J. S. Bach
Francis Bacon
Julius Caesar
Willa Cather
Charles Dickens
Emily Dickinson
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Frost
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Thomas Jefferson

John Keats
C. S. Lewis
Abraham Lincoln
John Locke
James Madison
John Stuart Mill
John Milton
Isaac Newton
Adam Smith
Mark Twain
George Washington
Walt Whitman
William Wordsworth
William Yeats