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Classics

Classics is a critical reading program based on the timeless works of the greatest minds whose writings and discoveries are the foundation for all human knowledge today.

PROGRAM

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PANORAMA OF IDEAS

We critically discuss the complete circle of knowledge including literature, politics, education, science, philosophy, religion, poetry, drama, and more in a structured program. The great ideas of the great thinkers we examine have inspired debate and revolution. They shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

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CRITICAL READING

Every one of our carefully selected prose passages and poems will take the busy student only 15 minutes of quiet time to read, and the student reads an array of passages on diverse subjects and themes, both fiction and nonfiction, before meeting in class for a lively Socratic seminar conducted in English.

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LIBERAL EDUCATION

In this way we provide our middle and high school students the essential elements of a general university or liberal education that the Ivy League students before the advent of progressive, specialized education of the 20th century were able to access. Our students broaden their intellectual horizons and cultivate a critical mind for success in any academic field.

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PURPOSE

Culture is a study of perfection. Culture seeks to do away with classes; to make the best that has been thought and known in the world current everywhere; to make all men live in an atmosphere of sweetness and light.

Matthew Arnold

English poet and cultural critic during the Victorian Era

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A WELL-ROUNDED INDIVIDUAL

Our purpose is to bring ‘the best that has been thought and known’ into the 21st century with maximum efficiency and effectiveness. We believe that the Classics offers tremendous educational power and will help improve humanity as we embark on an ever increasingly technological journey toward the future. We now more than ever before need to be well-rounded humans, rooted in knowledge of the primary source material for all current intellectual advancements in every subject.

A DEEP THINKER

The primary source is where the first thought and foundational principles of all disciplines we know today began. They began as the writings of geniuses in a vast array of skills and studies that now constitute the foundation of all intellectual activity today. The Classics is the collection of the most important primary source material. We seek to increase and enhance our students’ link to that source.

A CULTIVATED SCHOLAR

Critically reading the Classics creates a cultivated scholar that is knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects and disciplines. With such a base of knowledge it is easy to go deeper into any subject today and already have an understanding of its origins and first principles. This allows students to master new subjects quickly and allows them to talk to any professional in any field with a level of confidence and insight. Such cross-pollination of learning also leads to increased creativity in all activities.