What is a Charter School?
Charter schools are public schools that operate with an agreement (or charter) with a state, school district or governmental entity to provide an enhanced education that is often unavailable within the conventional public schooling setting. These schools are open to all students, do not charge tuition, have no religious affiliation and must abide by the same state and federal testing, financial, anti-discrimination, health and safety regulations as all public schools. They typically have higher levels of parent, student and community involvement and often realize higher student achievement.
Our campus is small by design, which gives it a private school atmosphere where parents, faculty, and staff can work together for the benefit of each child. Though it may seem like a small private school, it is an established, tuition-free public school of choice.
The Barney Charter School Initiative
Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy is a member of Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative. To learn more about the mission of the Barney Charter School Initiative, please visit the BSCI website: http://www.hillsdale.edu/outreach/charterschools.
Barney Charter School Initiative Seminars
If you would like to learn more about classical education, recordings from the Barney Charter School Initiative’s summer seminars are an excellent place to begin.
Online Course: A Proper Understanding of K-12 Education
This Hillsdale College online course outlines the traditional understanding of education and considers some essential elements of classical education in the K-12 setting.
What is Classical Education?
Classical education offers over 2,000 years of academic success. An education based on the teachings of the giants of philosophy—Aristotle, Plato, Socrates—provides the skills necessary to communicate and function in a global society. Using the Socratic method of learning, students will become lifelong learners and productive leaders. In order to develop a mastery of the English language, students learn Greek and Latin root words and eventually study formal Latin and other languages. Historical, literary, and artistic focus are on “the classics,” math and sciences are taught in a holistic manner, and the program of study engages students in “minds-on” learning and character building
Mastery is necessary before advancement. Rigorous academic standards in all areas of instruction will be maintained. Students will demonstrate mastery in the core subjects before moving on to new levels. After mastery, students will be allowed to move forward in order to reach their fullest potential.
A knowledge-rich curriculum is necessary for future success. Elementary, middle, and high school students experience a knowledge-rich and integrated curriculum following a threefold path to learning that includes grammar, logic, and rhetoric. A strong foundation in the core subjects of English, History, Science, and Mathematics will prepare students for any and every college opportunity while also creating lifelong learners. Our motto: Respice, adspice, prospice. By studying the past and analyzing the present, students will be ready to contribute to the future.
Articles on Classical Education
"What's So Great about Teachers?" by Louise Cowan
Louise Cowan was a professor emeritus at the University of Dallas and a co-founder of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.
A Classical Education: Back to the Future by Stanley Fish
Stanley Fish is a professor of humanities and law at Florida International University.
The Benefits of a Classical Education by Tim O’Reilly
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of computer book publisher, O’Reilly Media Inc.
Silicon Valley Needs Humanities Students by Vivek Wadhwa
Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University.
Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers by Scott Samuelson
Scott Samuelson teaches philosophy at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, by Gene Edward Veith Jr. and Andrew Kern
Real Education: Four Simple Truths For Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality, by Charles Murray
The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools, by E.D. Hirsch
The Great Tradition: Classic Readings On What It Means To Be An Educated Human Being, edited by Richard Gamble
Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong: And What Can We Do About It?, by William Kilpatrick
Arithmetic for Parents: A Book For Grownups About Children’s Mathematics, by Ron Aharoni
Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy provides the most time-tested methods of educating students. We are committed to providing our future leaders with a college preparatory education focused on the Classical Liberal Arts. Classical Academy will promote a rigorous academic program fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, virtuous character building, and a lifelong passion for learning.
Students of all ages will be required to study a foreign language. In order to better understand the English language and to best prepare them for modern language study, informal Latin instruction will begin in 3rd grade and continue through 6th grade with our English From The Roots Up program. Formal Latin instruction will begin in 7th grade with Latin I, where High School credits may be earned.