A Well-Rounded Course of Study. At Lafayette Academy, students receive a well-rounded and balanced education in the liberal arts and sciences. All students study literature and mathematics, grammar, history, the sciences, fine arts, Latin, and physical education, because the K-12 years are the years in which we are still coming to know ourselves and the world around us. The successful development of literacy and numeracy with a solid foundation in the core subjects is necessary before students have advanced or specialized training and study. Lafayette Academy is a Licensed User of the Hillsdale College K-12 Curriculum.
Our program establishes a strong foundation in fundamental subjects with steady movement towards mastery, ensuring that students are equipped with intellectual, moral, and civic preparedness, regardless of their future careers or aspirations. Click here to learn more about accreditation at Lafayette.
We invite you to download our K-12 Curriculum Sheets found below.
These comprehensive guides provide a brief overview of what students will learn in each grade at Lafayette Academy.
Utilizing a comprehensive program in world history, American history, and geography, our Core Knowledge History and Geography curriculum aims to prepare students to actively participate in a democratic society. Interested in viewing these materials? The Core Knowledge Foundation has free open access to their curriculum materials. You may download them here! Our middle and high school students enjoy learning from a variety of primary source documents. Additionally, the middle schoolers use this comprehensive book, Land of Hope by Wilfred M. McClay.
Lafayette Academy students read literature selected from the best of the Western Canon. Lafayette has selected timeless classics which teach ageless virtues and speak to the human condition. Our literature is designed to parallel our student’s study of history. As students are studying a particular time period, the classical literature corresponds to that same era. The aim is to create a cohesive learning environment where learning in one subject enhances the learning of other subjects.
Reading, Writing, and Spelling
Literacy Essentials is an “Orton-based” multi-sensory, brain-based approach for teaching explicit phonics, reading and language arts. It uses question and answer analysis and graphic organization to teach writing, spelling, and reading. The curriculum covers phonemic awareness, spelling patterns, vocabulary, writing, grammar, and reading comprehension. Rather than memorize words, students learn to “decode” the English language using 72 common English spelling patterns (what we call phonograms) beginning in kindergarten. This approach gives students the tools they need to approach reading and spelling with a deeper understanding and a broader application. For more detailed information on phonograms, click here.
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Utilizing one of the most comprehensive math programs in the world, Singapore Math offers a conceptual approach to mathematical skill-building and problem-solving. This program uses an intentional progression of concepts to instill a deep understanding of mathematics. It follows the same method and design philosophy as the one used in Singapore, which consistently lands places their students at the top in of the international math testing, using layered concepts and a model method. Each year, students revisit past topics and while additional concepts are added to build a strong foundation and deepen understanding of each topic. Rather than relying on simple replication and memorization, students are challenged to think mathematically and draw on knowledge gained from earlier material to solve new problems.
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Core Knowledge offers a hands-on approach to scientific inquiry with emphasis on fundamentals. Classical education frees us from limited thinking coming in the form of ignorance and confusion, from prejudice and delusion, and from the wild passions and fanciful hopes that can distract, degrade, and destroy us. Classical education cultivates a logical and rational mind, allowing us to see the world clearly and honestly. In learning more about nature, we learn from it and understand more of the world around us.
Wheelock’s Latin offers a challenging yet approachable course in Latin grammar. This text bases its instruction primarily on sentences and passages derived from the ancient authors—Cicero, Seneca, Pliny, and Ovid, to name a few—which gives students direct contact with the purpose of studying Latin: the ability to read, enjoy, and love the works of some of the greatest minds in the classical tradition.
Studying Latin also yields the additional benefit of increased proficiency in English vocabulary and syntax. Students come away from their studies with brains wired for order and pattern recognition. Read more about the benefits of studying Latin here.