Curriculum

Classical Magnet School is a Public Magnet School, which is committed to a liberal arts curriculum centered in the classics. Students will be engaged with the Paideia driven, Socratic method of teaching and learning, and will be prepared for acceptance at, as well as success at, the finest liberal arts colleges. We recently graduated a student who gained acceptance to all of the Ivy League Colleges. In many of these colleges, small class sizes, references to the Classics (Latin, Greek, Philosophy) and the Socratic Seminar are prevalent. We expose students to this type of Education in high school, so that they will find success in college. We are a private school education at a public school price, and our highly qualified teachers are there to help your student succeed.


Why Latin? Students are required to take Latin at Classical, and though it is not a spoken language, it gives us the root words for ALL of the romance languages. Students with a background in Latin increase vocabulary, as well as have a much easier time learning Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and many others later in life. Through a deep understanding of the syntax of language and exposure to the latin roots of many words in modern English, students prepare themselves for challenging careers in the medical field, the Classics, any career requiring language acquisition, lawyering, as well as the liberal arts in general.

Why the Liberal Arts instead of a focus on a specific career path? Many high school students, and even many college students, don't know what they'd like to do. This kind of broad approach can prepare students for every eventuality. We have graduates that are engineers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, mathematicians, and everything in between. We emphasize writing and research, because at the top of every field is someone who can communicate complex ideas to others, not just perform tasks but really explain them well to others.

Paideia Instructional Philosophy: https://www.paideia.org/

At Classical, we utilize the Paideia Instructional Philosophy, which focuses on each student and their individual learning goals and strengths. In Paideia, we employ Socratic Seminar, Didactic Instruction, but we really focus on Coaching - helping students to achieve their best learning goals by helping them to grow and develop at their pace, in heterogeneously grouped classes which are all taught at the honors level.


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