How we Educate for Life
Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking - the strain would be too great - but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest.
– charlotte mason
While SLOCA provides a strong, core classical program, we believe that learning opportunities exist in a variety of settings and exposure to many subject areas is a wonderful way to round-out our children’s education. Therefore, we supplement our core program in several ways. Formal art instruction is woven throughout our regular program for all students preschool through high school. In addition, music instruction is also provided for students kindergarten through intermediate (3rd/4th). Furthermore, fine arts is often included in our everyday classrooms through historical studies and hands-on learning that accompanies it. Finally, we encourage and require course material that covers health, PE and fine arts in the home setting or by taking additional courses at SLOCA.
our signature hybrid
In this program, the school plans a full week of rich, quality instruction. Students attend class with qualified, dynamic teachers two days a week and follow the plans laid out by the school at home the other three days a week. Although the school provides a full plan, there is room for families to customize at home given their individual family dynamics and student learning styles. We have two tracks in our hybrid program with class Mondays and Wednesdays (Track A), and Tuesdays and Thursdays (Track B).
We remain committed to this approach, believing and witnessing time and time again that parents are essential to the learning process of students, and that the educational life always extends beyond the classroom. Our families frequently describe this program as “life changing.”
For families looking for more on-campus days, we offer a couple options in addition to our Signature Hybrid.
Our University Model
Our high school program continues in the classical model of our K-8 program with an emphasis on students learning to thoughtfully and effectively express themselves through writing, discussion, and oral presentations.
The SLO Classical Academy High School (SLOCAHS) program is set up as a University Model, where students attend school three days weekly (M/W/F) and study independent two days weekly (T/Th), much like in a college setting. Although we encourage students taking a full load, students are afforded the option of picking and choosing their classes. Our students have a reputation for the love of learning and are willing to work hard. Parent involvement is important, but they are no longer considered “home educators” as student independence is required.