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“Classical education is not preeminently a time or place. It stands instead for a spirit of inquiry and a form of instruction concerned with the development of style through language and of conscience through myth. The key word here is inquiry. Everything springs from the special nature of this inquiry. The inquiry dictates the form of instruction and establishes the moral framework for thought and action.”

– David Hicks, Norms and Nobility

Lower School

Grades 1-5

  • Penmanship
  • Phonics and Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Reading and Literature
  • History and Geography
  • Math
  • Nature Studies
  • Choir and Art
  • Greek
  • Gardening

Middle School

Grades 6-7

  • Penmanship
  • Grammar and Spelling
  • Literature
  • History and Geography
  • Greek
  • Math
  • Science
  • Choir and Art
  • Gardening

Upper School

Grades 8-12

  • Humane Letters (Integrated Literature, History, Philosophy, Art History)
  • Composition and Grammar
  • Greek
  • Math
  • Science
  • Choir and Art
  • Gardening

In the Lower School, students begin their education with wonder. We are seeking to provide a foundation for all future study- and personal inquiry! This is no small task and we find that it is best to provide more traditional methods of instruction. Thus, at Mount Tabor, you will find students with Phonics books and mastery based arithmetic and grammar programs- and teachers providing ample direct instruction and employing poetry by means of recitations and copy work (by the end of Grammar School all of our students have learned cursive!). Full of wonder and a desire to order the Natural world, we employ Nature Studies to direct their wonder and curiosity via observation, sketching, and experiential learning. Lower School students delight in songs, chants, rhythms, order, and memorization, making this the perfect time to memorize math facts and the Greek alphabet, to learn chants containing the fundamentals of English grammar, or to memorize Geographical points on a map. At this time we anticipate nesting grades in pairs, facilitating multi-age classrooms.

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Naturally, students of the middle age develop the desire to think independently and an inclination towards argument. In the Middle School, we are able  to rightly orient and cultivate these. At this stage, we aim to teach students to think critically, analyze, and to argue well. Students will practice making written and oral statements, study formal logic in order to understand the fundamental elements of a good argument, learn the art of persuasive writing, and be asked to consistently reference and cite sources which support their arguments.

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By the time they complete their studies in the Upper School, we hope that our students demonstrate a wisdom beyond their years. Thus the work of the Upper School is laid out and achieved through studying the disciplines of Literature, History, Philosophy, and Art History in an integrated and meaningful way. Students receive instruction in the Humane letters through a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials on a weekly basis. One on one tutorials allow teachers to evaluate, examine, and instruct each students by drawing alongside them and discerning what a particular student has developed affection for or skills in. Seminars form the backbone of student to student engagement and develop academic camaraderie and articulation, while lectures are utilized as the traditional method of disseminating information from teacher to student in a succinct and organized fashion.

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For the 2021-2022 academic year, Upper School courses will be offered in a the model of a University:

Monday and Thursday Courses:

Humane Letters

Composition and Grammar

Greek

Tuesday and Friday Courses:

Science

Math

Choir and Art

Upper School students will be required enroll in and attend all classes on a given day of instruction except in exceptional circumstances. Classes will be scheduled such that families who desire to continue to home school or enroll in another program, may select two days a week on which classes will meet (based on theme- i.e. Humanities scheduled together on Monday/Thursday and Math/Science scheduled together on Tuesday/Friday).