WHAT  IS  A  CLASSICAL  EDUCATION?

WHAT IS A CLASSICAL EDUCATION?

Classical Education is based on the Trivium, the three stages of learning every child experiences as they grow.  A different teaching style and method is used at each stage, resulting in more knowledgeable, intelligent and articulate students.  The three stages represented in the Trivium are Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.  Click on each of the three tabs below to learn more.
GRAMMAR   |   GRADES K-5

During the Grammar stage, children are particularly adept at memorization.  Young children learn songs, rhymes, and recite facts with relative ease.  Because young children are so eager to memorize and they enjoy non-sensical rhymes (e.g. Dr. Seuss), the Trivium challenges them by providing substantial subject matter for them to memorize.

Throughout each of the Grammar stage years, classically educated children are taught the factual foundation of each subject, using songs, chants, and rhymes to help them enjoy the learning experience.
LOGIC   |   GRADES 6-8

During the middle school years, children begin to think independently and often develop a propensity for argument.

Classical education teaches children in the logic stage to think and analyze critically and to argue well by arranging facts into organized statements. The study of formal logic helps students understand the fundamentals of a good argument. Practice in making written and oral arguments helps to further develop these skills.
RHETORIC   |   GRADES 9-12

Rhetoric is the art of communicating well. Once a student has obtained knowledge of the facts (grammar) and developed the skills necessary to arrange those facts into organized arguments (logic), the student develops the skill of effectively communicating those arguments to others (rhetoric).

Classical education in the rhetoric stage teaches students to think and articulate concepts to others. Each subject has its own rhetoric, and writing papers, researching, and orating are skills required in all subjects.

ABOUT  IVY  CLASSICAL  ACADEMY

ABOUT IVY CLASSICAL ACADEMY

Ivy Classical Academy is a Non-Profit Public Charter School that will offer a Classical Education to students in Autauga County and the surrounding area.

On February 14th, 2020, Ivy Classical Academy was announced as a finalist for The Barney Charter School Initiative, a project of Hillsdale College devoted to the education of young Americans. Through this initiative, Hillsdale College supports the launch of K-12 charter schools. These schools will train the minds and improve 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.

The Founding Board is working with the Alabama Public Charter School Commission, New Schools for Alabama, and Barney Charter School Initiative to gain State approval to begin enrolling K-6 students in the Fall of 2021.

  OUR  MISSION

Our mission is to train our student's minds and hearts through a classical, content-rich curriculum that puts an emphasis on virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.

  ENROLLMENT

Ivy Classical Academy is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter school.  All Prattville area students are eligible to attend, with seats filled through a lottery system.

  GRADES  K-6

The inaugural school year will launch in Fall 2021. Initially, the school will only enroll grades K-6, but each subsequent year a grade will be added until Ivy Classical Academy becomes K-12.
  OUR  MISSION
Our mission is to train our student's minds and hearts through a classical, content-rich curriculum that puts an emphasis on traditional learning, virtuous living, and civic responsibility.

  ENROLLMENT
Ivy Classical Academy is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter school. All Prattville area students are eligible to attend, with seats filled through a lottery system.

  GRADES  K-6
The inaugural school year will launch in Fall 2021. Initially, the school will only enroll grades K-6, but each subsequent year a grade will be added until Ivy Classical Academy becomes K-12.

SCHOOL  LUNCH  PROGRAM

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

  START  THE  DAY  OFF  RIGHT

Eating a healthy breakfast before starting the school day is linked to improved concentration, better test scores, increased energy, a higher intake of vitamins and minerals, and even a healthier body weight.

Breakfast is especially important for young students whose brains use up about half of the body's energy.

  FREE  OR  REDUCED  PRICE  LUNCHES

School lunch is critical to student health and well-being, especially for low-income students, as the program ensures that every student has the nutrition they need throughout the day.

Research shows that receiving free or reduced-price school lunches reduces food insecurity, obesity rates, and poor health.

  START  THE  DAY  OFF  RIGHT

Eating a healthy breakfast before starting the school day is linked to improved concentration, better test scores, increased energy, a higher intake of vitamins and minerals, and even a healthier body weight.

Breakfast is especially important for young students whose brains use up about half of the body's energy.

  FREE  OR  REDUCED  PRICE  LUNCHES

School lunch is critical to student health and well-being, especially for low-income students, as the program ensures that every student has the nutrition they need throughout the day.

Research shows that receiving free or reduced-price school lunches reduces food insecurity, obesity rates, and poor health.

SCHOOL  LUNCH  PROGRAM

SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

  START  THE  DAY  OFF  RIGHT

Eating a healthy breakfast before starting the school day is linked to improved concentration, better test scores, increased energy, a higher intake of vitamins and minerals, and even a healthier body weight.

Breakfast is especially important for young students whose brains use up about half of the body's energy.

  FREE  OR  REDUCED  PRICE  LUNCHES

School lunch is critical to student health and well-being, especially for low-income students, as the program ensures that every student has the nutrition they need throughout the day.

Research shows that receiving free or reduced-price school lunches reduces food insecurity, obesity rates, and poor health.

  START THE DAY OFF RIGHT

Eating a healthy breakfast before starting the school day is linked to improved concentration, better test scores, increased energy, a higher intake of vitamins and minerals, and even a healthier body weight.

Breakfast is especially important for young students whose brains use up about half of the body's energy.

  FREE OR REDUCED PRICE LUNCH

School lunch is critical to student health and well-being, especially for low-income students, as the program ensures that every student has the nutrition they need throughout the day.

Research shows that receiving free or reduced-price school lunches reduces food insecurity, obesity rates, and poor health.

 

SCHOOL  LUNCH  PROGRAM

RECESS AND SPORTS

  START  THE  DAY  OFF  RIGHT

Eating a healthy breakfast before starting the school day is linked to improved concentration, better test scores, increased energy, a higher intake of vitamins and minerals, and even a healthier body weight.

Breakfast is especially important for young students whose brains use up about half of the body's energy.

  FREE  OR  REDUCED  PRICE  LUNCHES

School lunch is critical to student health and well-being, especially for low-income students, as the program ensures that every student has the nutrition they need throughout the day.

Research shows that receiving free or reduced-price school lunches reduces food insecurity, obesity rates, and poor health.

  KEEPING CHILDREN ACTIVE

Whether enjoying recess or organized team sports, keeping active has been shown to improve health, fitness and academic performance in children, while also relieving stress and teaching important lessons like conflict resolution, good sportsmanship, teamwork and perseverance.

ADDITIONAL  RESOURCES

ADDITIONAL  RESOURCES

FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND PARENTS

Deciding upon which school to send your children will echo throughout their lifetime.  Classical Education is a proven method, rooted in Ancient Greece and Rome, that has taught countless of the World's greatest thinkers, leaders and civic heroes.

Where we send our children to learn in preparation for college, work and life is one of the most important decisions a parent can make.  To better equip you to make this decision, please review the additional resources below regarding Charter Schools and the Classical Education method.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

CLASSICAL EDUCATION

IVY CLASSICAL ACADEMY

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND PARENTS

Deciding upon which school to send your children will echo throughout their lifetime.  Classical Education is a proven method, rooted in Ancient Greece and Rome, that has taught countless of the World's greatest thinkers, leaders and civic heroes.

Where we send our children to learn in preparation for college, work and life is one of the most important decisions a parent can make.  To better equip you to make this decision, please review the additional resources below regarding Charter Schools and the Classical Education method.