The intermediate level of the SLO Classical Academy is an extremely important time in the life of a classical learner. The assisted learner is now able to put in more structured and concentrated effort to their studies. This is a big change from the “learning strategy” of an emerging learner in the primary level. Intermediate students are now exposed to longer pieces of great literature. They are introduced to in-depth discussions about character, theme, and historical context. History instruction begins to explore the details that underpin the “big idea” themes. The success of the assisted learner at this point depends largely on the parent/teacher partnership that exists between home and school. This is the stage of learning that prepares students to become Independent Learners. In order to achieve this, students, parents and teachers work towards:
Strong Academic Skills
Basic skills in all areas of learning continue to be of paramount importance. Students will also gain age appropriate basic math skills. During the two years as an intermediate student, the students will grow in their level of independence. This will be excellent preparation for the following year of Lower Middle School.
Strong Analytical Skills
Using our history, literature, and science as opportunities for discussion, students are introduced to critical analysis through guided discussions of what they read, hear, and speak. The student’s emerging ability to get the big picture, the themes across literature and history, and the ability to make connections with their own lives is nurtured. Teachers create lessons that build on thoughtful processing and synthesis of conceptual understanding.
The responsibility for personal character lies with the individual assisted learner. Respect for others and respect for self become the main boundaries for all intermediate learning and interactions. This respect surrounds all aspects of academic success, from basic assignment completion to the creation of a safe classroom environment where honest discussions and interactions with literature and history can occur.