Livingston Classical Academy was created to train the minds and nurture the hearts of young people through a rigorous, classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue
All students benefit from the highest standards of academic integrity and from a rigorous, content rich, educational program that develops their intellectual capacity, personal character, and leadership skills. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habit of discipline and thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, classical curriculum, students will be prepared to become active and responsible leaders and members of their community.
Our Unique Differences:
- We offer a robust and content-rich curriculum, which focuses on mastery of the materials and not just success on the test.
- Our classroom instruction is knowledge-based and teacher-led , and incorporates the Socratic Method (an engaging dialogue between the teacher and the student) in order to better engage students in the lessons and deepen their understanding of the materials.
- Latin is taught to all students in order to build vocabulary, increase comprehension, and improve grammar. (Nearly 60% of the English language is derived from Latin).
- All math instruction in the school occurs at the same time each day. Students are able to participate one grade level above or below their own (based on placement tests). This allows those who need extra help in mastery the ability to work at their own pace, while allowing others who excel, the opportunity to move forward and be challenged.
- Grades 7 and up will have a flexible “seminar” period each day, where they can select a teacher or classroom to visit for additional help or instruction.
- Students will be taught to love learning and desire knowledge in order to seek truth.
Our Traditional Education:
Traditional education is “tried and true.” Although progressive education has offered many teaching methodologies in the last 50 to 60 years, according to OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), the U.S. ranked 27th among the 34 OECD countries in mathematics, 17th in reading, and 20th in science [Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Results from PISA 2012, www.oecd.org/pisa].
There are many reasons why the U.S. has such a poor showing in these rankings. All the reasons do not have to do with the schools either; there are socio-economic reasons as well. A classical liberal arts education, we believe, will help children flourish in their adult lives whatever passions they choose to pursue. A well-known classical school is Ridgeview Classical School in Colorado. It has been named a U.S. News & World Report Gold Medal Winner for Best High Schools in America. US News and World Report ranked Ridgeview Classical Schools’ High School as the top high school in Fort Collins (PSD-R1) and the #5 high school in Colorado. (The magazine analyzed over 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia using data from the 2012-2013 school year).
The Core Foundations of Our Classical Education:
- We value knowledge because in order to express and understand complex ideas, a person must have a working knowledge of facts, ideas, and references known to all in a given social and political order. This is cultural literacy, and we believe it is essential to a nation’s identity. Students, over their years in school, will be expected to learn information, to apply it, and as they get older, to extrapolate from it. Livingston Classical Academy will be content-rich. As someone once said, “in order to think, one has to have something to think about.”
- We seek to uphold a standard of excellence. To be “classical” means that. In upholding that standard, it does not mean that we do not recognize that different students have different abilities. We know that they will learn at different speeds. Livingston Classical Academy will offer various remedial courses to encourage students in their academic struggles, but excellence will always be the goal.
- We will insist on moral virtue as far as it relates to the school from our administrators down to our students. At Livingston Classical Academy, we leave questions of faith to the students and their parents, but we will foster an environment where all of us will be expected to behave in a morally virtuous manner. Expectations will be high: all students must be attentive and polite. They may sometimes differ with their teachers or administrators on a particular issue, but the “differing” must be expressed in a respectful manner. In literature and history, the students will be exposed to the great stories of self-command and self-sacrifice, of inner conflicts between right and wrong. We will encourage them to follow the higher path.
- We will seek to prepare our students to someday assume their places as responsible citizens in the political order of the United States. To do that in an intelligent manner, they will be taught our nation’s founding principles. Founding documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and some of the Federalist Papers along with letters and/or essays written by members of our early government will be studied. Ideas will be discussed such as: What is true freedom? What is limited, balanced, federal, and accountable government? What are the rights of a citizen? What are not rights? How do state rights balance federal rights? How do they work in conjunction with a citizen’s private rights? What about a citizen’s duties to fellow citizens, to their various governments?