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 social science in order to gain more well-rounded knowledge and depth of understanding on the culture of the times. Students are given individualized support in their endeavors.This year American history is brought to life through individual biographies, the enrichment and depth of true stories, discussions as well as experiential activities and expeditionary adventures.
Math and Science
In the classroom: Math and 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 life science and will be conducting regular excursions to the river, engaging in many activities such as visiting the dam, sampling the water, and examining and sketching the wild life and fauna.
Our foreign language is Latin. 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 accelerated students are successful in any environment, while struggling students flourish in an arts centered curriculum. At Almondale Academy, we have all academic levels, where students development according to their needs and skills. All the students at our school love the arts and grow in their individual capacities.
The following elective courses are offered: drama, dance, art appreciation and drawing/painting. Crafts are also taught in our home economics course along with nutritional cooking, finances, and computer programs skills.
Our Almondale campus garden is the center for several integrated projects including: science in the study of plants – cells, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, art in the drawing, coloring, labeling, and examining of plants in our science lab area. For our ecology unit, students will be establishing a compost pile, learning about soil quality, including bacteria and microbes. Bio-regionally, students will conduct expeditionary treks to local creek beds to study the effects of the weather on the Sacramento watershed while working together to conduct environmental impact studies. We will be using the food produced by the garden for nutritional studies in human biology which also includes learning to cook nutritional dishes.
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.