Why Grades 6 - 12?
In the classical style, grades 6 - 8 are considered middle school and 9 - 12 are high school. Grade six is integral as the brain development that happens in that year is so extensive that educators can leverage that growth to challenge and grow scholars in their learning. The hunger for learning is advanced in sixth grade and begins to bloom in seventh and eighth with Lagic courses stretching the brain. By the time our scholars enter high school they are prepared for the deep thinking required of Latin and Rhetoric.
Beyond the middle and high school grade structure, Weber District has plenty of elementary schools. There are charters, district, and private schools available. The lack of choice falls into the middle and high school arena, therefore we chose to open an academy focusing on filling the need for choice in our area.
Why Classical Education?
Classical Education has historically proven to be based in critical thinking skills, deep reading, analyzing, and creating. Based in the traditions of Western culture, with a particular focus on education as understood and taught in Classical antiquity and the Middle Ages scholars focus on history so they know where mankind has been and can intelligently determine where mankind should go next. Scholars are skilled in argumentation, logic, and rhetoric with a solid Latin base to equip them with resilience and the ability to handle difficult tasks with a calm countenance.
Why Core Knowledge?
Core Knowledge is a sequenced curriculum that builds a core of knowledge in scholars so that they can expand outside the core to engage in learning, thinking, speaking, and community as a beneficial citizen. E.D. Hirsch, Jr. and the Core Knowledge Foundation offer mentors and instructors excellent resources and curriculum guidance to create a strong, rigorous, and diligent plan for an academy. All Mentors and Instructors have studied Hirsch's Cultural Literacy as preparation to teach the material and understand the culture of Capstone Classical in terms of that core of knowledge that our scholars to take with them when they graduate.
Why Cursive Handwriting?
Benefits of Cursive
Research illustrates that the actual work of moving the hand and the requirement for the brain to prepare for the forming of letters builds grey matter in the brain. Since our young men are not fully developed until the age of 21, and young women, 18, it makes sense to take the opportunity to grow the brain during this period of time. Scholars who enroll at Capstone should look to develop and practice their cursive handwriting as they will be using it daily.
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What Can I Do To Help My Struggling Scholar?
Resources for Struggling Scholars
Academic Support Organizations
1. Capstone Classical Academy Mentors: Contact Capstone Classical in regards to individual Mentors providing tutoring throughout the spring and summer.
Email the academy in reference to your needs at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Scholar Prep Camp: Beginning the week of June 13, 2018 through to the opening of the academy, a number of Mentors and Instructors will offer camps specific to their disciplines. Please watch the website for signups and tuition costs.
3. Brain Works: This organization provides non-academic support that helps students, one-on-one, strengthen core mental abilities (processing speed, attention, memory, auditory/visual processing, logic and reasoning).
Address: 972 Chambers Street No. 5
South Ogden, Utah 84403
190 W. 100 No. 2B
Bountiful, UT 84010
4. Integrated Learning Strategies: The mission of ILS is to proactively engage students in academic research-based programs that offer a holistic approach to the success of the student’s educational, emotional, and social well-being. This organization uses a combination of music, movement, brain integration, and cognitive development in helping the student be successful. They provide help with visual processing, auditory processing skills, speech and language tutoring, reading and spelling, comprehension and critical thinking, writing skills, and math tutoring programs.
Address: 1188 W. Sportsplex Drive
Kaysville, UT 84037
5. Kumon Learning Center: Students move through this program at their own pace. The emphasis is on individualized learning that, according to KLC, helps the student become focused, motivated, and self-reliant. The KLC in Layton focuses on math and reading.
Address: 1860 North Woodland Park Drive
Layton, UT 84041
6. Private Tutoring at Home.com: This organization helps students find a private tutor near their home. They have access to a large database of tutors and provide the last date of the tutor’s background check. It is recommended, however, that a student’s parent or guardian interview the potential tutor to ensure an extra level of security for the student.
7. Sylvan Learning Layton: This learning center provides personalized tutoring via a four-step approach called Sylvan Insight to engage the student in the learning process.
Address: 575 North Main Street
Layton, UT 8404
8. The Learning Connection of Utah
1. Khan Academy: The Khan academy is a free, internet-based service that provides help with math, science and the humanities including some test prep. The system is set up with an easy-to-use menu for a variety of topics and a Youtube video explaining the concepts in a very easy to replicate method.
2. Military Tutor: This site is for U.S. Military Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to active duty service members and their eligible dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7, military-connected students can receive academic help at their moment of need—anywhere they have an internet connection.
3. Smarthinking.com: This organization provides individual instruction and support across a wide variety of subjects. Smarthinking tutors hold master’s degrees or doctoral degrees in their fields. This is a Pearson organization.