Type of school: K-12, starting with K-2 in 2013 and adding a grade each year afterwards. The first senior class graduation is expected in 2023.
Mathematics: Teachers will help children explore mathematical ideas through problem-solving and mathematical modeling, for which good reading and writing skills are essential. The relaxed atmosphere and style of math circles will guide lessons that will exceed the expectations of the Common Core State Standards.
Science: Teachers will help children-scientists discover how plants, insects, and animals grow in a farm or garden, and how biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and climatology inform our knowledge of the environment. Our lessons will exceed the expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Language Arts: There will be a strong emphasis on writing skills. During the first grades, the methodology presented in Dr. Best’s Learn to Read series will be used. Our lessons will exceed the expectations of the English Language Arts Standards.
Foreign Language Immersion: Believing that there is no substitute to learning a language than immersing oneself in it, students will speak, listen, read, and write in the chosen language. A music component will be an essential part of language instruction.
Modern languages: Spanish, Hindi, or Bengali
Ancient languages: Sanskrit, Latin, or Greek
Character Formation: To appreciate and understand history, teachers will assist students into thinking critically and on self-reflecting about the decisions and choices individuals and communities make, and how those decisions impact the interpersonal and natural environment.
Proposed daily schedule
07:00-08:15 – Philosophy/Theology (“morning program”)
08:15-08:45 – Breakfast
08:45-9:30 – Science at the Farm
9:30-10:15 – Math Circle
10:15-10:30 – Snacks
10:30-11:30 – Language Arts/Character Formation
11:30-12:15 – Sanskrit/Music
12:15-12:45 – Lunch
12:45-13:30 – Spanish
13:30-14:15 – Arts and Crafts
14:15-15:00 – Yoga