Our research-based curriculum emphasizes the basics in reading/language arts and mathematics. Modeled after the innovations of Thaddeus Lott at Welsey Elementary in Houston, Texas, all campuses utilize Reading Mastery in the primary grade transitioning to a traditional basal program after the completion of the beginning DI reading programs. Saxon Math is utilized for mathematics instruction. The research-based methods provide a strong foundation for our student’s success in science and social studies. In addition, our instructional program includes opportunities for all students in music and art.
The Roger Bacon Academy teaches a classical curriculum espousing the values of traditional western civilization and founded on the belief that one must be able to communicate one’s ideas clearly and understand the communications of others.
To this end, all communication must be grounded upon commonly understood and agreed-upon rules. Only when these rules are learned can one strive to communicate new ideas that may lie beyond the rules’ abilities and thereby create new, more powerful means of communication.
In literature, for example, the progression of skills and knowledge of rules from handwriting to vocabulary, from vocabulary to grammar to composition and, finally, from composition to personal expression cannot be shortened. Omitting any step in this progression invites miscommunication and erroneous understandings.
An analogous progression exists in art, in music, in drama, in mathematics, in science, and in every human endeavor to express ideas – regardless of the medium of expression or the subject of the expression.
The Academy’s curriculum is structured to learn the established rules and to develop the skills for using the tools for expression – whether a word-processor for literature, a paint brush for art, a chisel for sculpture, or an experiment for science.
Along with skill development, the curriculum ties examples – both classical and contemporary – of techniques for expressions from our world. For example, the artistic expressions of the hunter-gatherers’ cave paintings, the works of Caravaggio, and Impressionists such as Van Gogh are studied. The literary works of Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Hemingway as well as scientific thoughts of Bacon, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein in science are examples of recognized expressions of our universe.
These men all sought, by one medium or another, to express their understanding of some bit of truth about our universe and thereby improve our ability to exist within it.
The combination of learning rule-based methods for expression and error-free communication with examples drawn from our civilization prepares you for life-long learning and for contributing to your generation and to those generations of the future.