CLASSICAL. EDUCATION. LEADERSHIP.
The mission of Pueblo Classical Academy powered by Pueblo School for Arts and Sciences is to develop responsible citizens and critical thinkers through a classically based liberal arts program that focuses on truth, beauty, and virtue while emphasizing leadership and a passion for learning.
The vision of Pueblo Classical Academy powered by Pueblo School for Arts and Sciences is to partner with families and guide students in becoming honorable citizens by providing a rigorous classical education that is accessible to all students in the Pueblo community.
Why should families choose Pueblo Classical Academy?
In a single word, virtue. The purpose of a classical academy is to produce good neighbors regardless of the path a student pursues after high school. The teachers at Pueblo Classical Academy will use all courses as an opportunity to teach character building traits and critical thinkers.
Pueblo Classical Academy’s intent is to truly produce students who are thoughtful in their decisions; students who develop their opinions and views based on logical analysis of the information. Our students will learn not to jump to conclusions, but rather develop viewpoints that can change as the student becomes more informed. Pueblo Classical Academy will do more than just guide students to receive a diploma, PCA will produce thoughtful community leaders and citizens.
What is Classical Education?
Students at PCA will study authentic content. Students will learn about historical events and figures, rich literature, scientific discoveries and facts, as well as mathematical theorems and proofs. Students will study Latin as the foundation of language. These studies bring history to life; giving students a deeper understanding of the current world.
Students are active participants in their learning; classes incorporate the Socratic method of engaging dialog between students and teachers. Socratic seminars are a tool to teach the students to become independent thinkers, form opinions and ideals based on research. Woven into this approach are the pillars of success, which focus on forming students that are good citizens and good neighbors.
What are Encore Classes?
At PCA all students are part of a shared learning community. In addition to the core classes of math, history, science and ELA, this shared learning community will have Encore classes that include: Foundations Latin, Design and Engineering, PE, Enrichment/Tutoring, Music and Art.
FIVE PILLARS OF SUCCESS
Five Pillars of Success
We guide students to draw from the past to build greater understanding and to inspire them to believe that their ideas are equally valuable.
A classical education is one that is immersed in the liberal arts.
We honor the English language and the origins from which it came. Students must gain knowledge of their own language and that of others. Language study is opening doors to new worlds of knowledge and culture.
Classic literature, read thoroughly and with purpose, guides students in appreciation of the culture of others.
We teach music and art largely through the works of the best masters. True study of the arts also includes intensive study of technique, both to appreciate the great works and to create or perform art on one’s own.
Character training is an essential element in partnering with families to develop our young people into our future exemplary citizens and leaders.
Virtue is not something that is taught on its own, but rather woven into the fabric of the foundation of the school and all activities and courses.
We value the ability for students to think on their own.
Socratic dialogue, rich engaging discussion, rigorous texts and inquiry based learning are essential components in creating powerful thinkers who do not allow others to think for them.
We stand by the traditional approach of educating students. We resist the constant pendulum that swings erratically in education, and instead focus on effective, best practices for educating our students.
We adapt and implement changes as needed with research based techniques and strategies.
Students have pride in their school, community and country.
Students hold our teachers and parents in special esteem.
Teachers are professionals and lifelong learners who are passionate about laying a foundation of knowledge from which students can blossom.
Parents establish the virtues and values of their children, and educators assist in the process of character training.
Students will understand local, world and American history and their responsibility as citizens.
Students will honor our veterans, and the tremendous price they paid for our freedom.
The Introduction to Classical Education:
A Guide for Parents
by Christopher A. Perrin, PhD (Classical Academic Press, 2004)
"We think of our mothers, we read to our children; looking to the past we set our gaze as well to the future. Classical educators are hopeful and forward-looking; they seem to find the excellencies of the past are the best preparation for what lies ahead. They all concur that while times change, human nature does not, making books and the voice of our mothers reading to us some of the deepest things we know, and the most profound gifts we can pass on. Classical education trusts you to be, at bottom, the love of our children to whom we give the best we have received."
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