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Curriculum Design

In trying to faithfully administer the Classical and Christian model of education, The River Academy has taken great care to craft curriculum well suited to accomplish our mission.  The classical approach roughly breaks down a student's learning into three different phases according to the historic subjects of Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric, also known as the Trivium. For more information about classical education and the Trivium look here.  

In designing our curriculum we have paid special attention to the materials that will best enable us to teach students the tools of learning, so that upon graduation they will be able to think and learn for themselves.  While it would be impossible to describe every unique element of our education, below you will find a brief overview of some key elements of our curriculum design.  In addition, you can find more grade specific highlights for each phase under the drop down menu for "Academics."  


Focus on fundamentals of every core subject:

Most knowledge builds upon a fundamental foundation of basic facts.  Successful arithmetic requires that a student have a basic grasp of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, for example.  At The River Academy we focus much of our Elementary school years giving students a solid foundation in these fundamentals.  

Solid grasp of Language:

The River Academy understands the essential nature of communication in our world.  For this reason we want our students to have a solid grasp of language.  This includes our own English language, but we also desire them to be able to understand how other languages work.  This is why all of our students take Latin from 3rd-8th Grade.  No other language better equips students to understand English, or to learn any other world language, than Latin.  

Proficiency in Reading:

It's been said that the average adult reads at a 4th grade reading level.  While we cannot confirm or deny this statement, we want to make sure this does not describe any of our students.  To ensure this isn't the case, reading plays a central role at The Academy.  Our students read an average of 10 books per year, and upon graduation will have read many of the Western World's greatest works of literature. 

Historical Rootedness:

Edmund Burke once said: "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it."  Agreeing with this statement, we strive to give the students a comprehensive understanding of the sweep and flow of History. From Creation, to Ancient Greece, to 21st Century America, our students receive an education that is steeped in the life-giving stories that shaped our world!

Biblical Integration:

If God is the author of all things, then there is truly no subject which doesn't "declare His handiwork." (Psalm 19)  With this in view, all subjects at TRA are taught knowing that God is the author of them.  Students, saturated in this biblical worldview, are able to learn to view every subject and, Lord willing, eventually all of life in light of the scriptures.  

Appreciation for Beauty:

Western culture has historically held the three virtues of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty as the highest of all virtues. Much education focuses on building into students an understanding of truth and goodness, but beauty often becomes lost in the shadow of the first two.  At The River Academy, we place a high value on Art, knowing that truth and goodness alone do not produce well rounded graduates.  Through exposure to the best Art, Music, beautiful Literature, stunning architecture, and poetry, students begin to recognize and appreciate true beauty.