Frequently Asked Questions
What is a classical education?
Classical education is a “getting back to the basics” approach to providing a strong liberal arts foundation - a general knowledge in the core subjects of literature, history, science and mathematics - as well as providing further depth by teaching students timeless skills of logic, critical thinking and self-expression.
At Lake Country Classical Academy (if approved), we will spend a lot of time with language, learning how to properly write (spelling correctly) and speak well by focusing on grammar. Through the study of Latin, the mother tongue for more than 50% of English words, students will learn word history & origins of words, which helps them improve their vocabulary. Learning World, Western & American history starts in kindergarten and continues all the way through grade 12. Students will read classical books, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Shakespeare. In math, we will focus on problem solving and mastering facts in students' heads, helping them to understand numbers (make change and percentages, without pulling out a calculator). Not only will students create works of art or play an instrument, they will study art & music history & theory and apply it to their own work.
Students who have mastered the English language - who have mastered grammar and vocabulary, logical reasoning, and persuasive, eloquent speaking and writing - have the requisite tools necessary to study and master any subject they choose. By getting back to the basics, we are truly preparing these students for college and the rest of their lives.
What role do teachers play in a classical school?
All knowledge and content will be delivered to students through compelling teachers. We want to put the teachers back up on the stage, leading the instruction in the classroom. Teachers will remain the heart of the classroom - not facilitators using so-called “student-centered” or “student-driven” learning methods. This doesn’t mean teachers will just lecture to students - the students will still participate and play an active role in class and small-group discussions. Technology will never take the place of teacher-delivered instruction.
What role do parents play in a classical school?
Classical schools work with and for parents. Our authority over children will be delegated to us from parents who have enlisted us to help them in their educational task. We see ourselves as in “loco parentis” — in the place of the parents. This does not mean that parents will dictate the curriculum or pedagogy; however, it DOES mean that teachers will serve the parents, listen carefully to their feedback about child and curricula, and seek to forge true relationships with parents in order to best understand and educate their children. It means that parents will be welcome in the classroom. It means that parents will take their responsibility seriously by reviewing and helping with homework, encouraging their child to be disciplined and diligent and generally supporting the teachers and staff of the school.
Why study Latin?
Latin is a fundamental subject in classical schools through which students learn the rudiments and structure of language - the Latin language, the English language, and through them the structure of all language. Latin is the mother tongue for more than 50% of all English words, so the study of Latin greatly enhances one’s English vocabulary. Often, just one Latin word is responsible for several English words. For example, the Latin word porto (I carry) is the derivative in the following English words: port, portal, porter, porch, airport, import, important, transport, export, report, and portable. In addition, grammatical words such as verb, noun, adjective, and adverb are all Latin words developed to understand Latin grammar. The grammar of the Latin language is logical, straightforward, and highly regular, making it an ideal language to learn grammar that can be applied to many other languages, including of course, English.
How will technology be utilized in the classroom?
Because we are in the initial planning stages, we don't have exact details on how technology will be used in the classroom; however, we can tell you that technology will never take the place of teacher-led instruction at LCCA. Depending how each student learns best, students may use digital tools to supplement teacher-led lessons (homework) and advanced students may have the ability to work ahead using digital tools. If/when we receive approval to move forward, we will share more details on our curriculum and plans for technology use.
If approved, when will LCCA open?
If approved, our doors will open in the fall of 2020.
If approved, when will enrollment for LCCA begin, and who can apply?
Independent charter schools (2R) are not associated with other school districts, so anyone is welcome to enroll their children as long as space allows. Depending on the demand/interest, a lottery system may be used for new applicants. If approved, online enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will take place in January - February 2020.
Where will Lake Country Classical Academy be located?
We are still in the planning stages and hope to receive approval to operate as an independent, tuition-free, public school in Wisconsin. Once we receive the necessary approvals and funding, we will move forward with finding a space for our new school somewhere in Waukesha County.
Why will you initially only be serving K-10 (why not K-12 right away)?
The grade levels that we serve will initially be determined by the level of interest/demand from the community. When we open our doors in the fall of 2020, we need to have at least 50 students per grade level (two classrooms of approximately 25 students). We’re anticipating that it may be difficult to fill the higher grades initially, but if/when the demand is there, we will provide classrooms K-12.
For any other questions, please email us at LakeCountryClassical@gmail.com.
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