Our curriculum produces independent, critical thinkers who are imbued with the virtues and social graces espoused by the classical development of humans, preparing them to be successful in any endeavor while making a positive impact on our society.
Language Arts and Social Sciences
In the classroom: The language arts literature, with an emphasis in the classics is integrated with the sciences in order to gain more well-rounded knowledge and depth of understanding on the culture of the times and the wonderment of life and our world. Students are given individualized support in their endeavors.This year American history and government and physical science is brought to life through individual biographies, the enrichment and depth of true stories, discussions as well as experiential activities and expeditionary adventures.
Almondale Academy has adopted the adaptive math approach where each child is given a diagnostic test at the beginning of the year, along with ongoing assessments, and placed in the appropriate skill level. Through projects and games, students enjoy applying their acquired skills to real world applications.
In the classroom: The science concepts are probed, skills acquired, and honed using materials that stimulate interest and inspire perseverance. Projects are student-created and directed (while being facilitated by the teacher) to best apply the acquired skills to real-world situations and challenges. This culminates with the Science Fair in the Spring. Students this year will focus on physical science and will be conducting regular excursions to the river, lake, creek, and ocean sampling the water, as well as many other expeditions involving the physical sciences.
Almondale teaches Latin as our foreign language, which foundational to many languages. Since 80% of dictionary entries are related to Latin, our vocabulary development is also Latin based. Immersion, as well as creative projects is our pedagogical approach.
The Arts: Studies indicate that students flourish academically when arts are integrated into the curriculum. At Almondale Academy, students connect with their inner creativity, inspires self reflection, and promotes communication.
The following elective courses are offered: drama, dance, art appreciation and drawing/painting. music, and individual investigations and development.
Character building and contributing to the community is an essential aspect of student development at Almondale.
Service Learning: Service Learning is fundamental to Almondale Academy’s curriculum. Two weekly class periods are dedicated to communication skills and community service. Students meet to discuss and evaluate campus behavior and current events. Taking the time to address virtuous or non-virtuous behaviors on campus (see below). When students aren’t working on their campus relational skills they are taking their service outside to the community. Last year the students assisted the Orangevale Parks and Recreation in the beautification of Almond Park. The supervisor has expressed his gratitude stating the fences would not have been painted, nor the planting of trees without our students’ help. This year students voted to update their own campus playground equipment. Lastly, students are continuing the Almondale service tradition of visiting Almond Ave Residence Home. Among the many activities with residents students converse, play games and entertain with song and dance.
Students are also encouraged to develop self-directed outreach in other core courses.
These are the specific six virtues that we incorporate into our curriculum and service learning projects, as well as the communication skills that are taught and practiced which optimizes harmonious relationships.