ACTION: Show Support of Kootenai Classical Academy
There's been a lot of malcontent amongst parents who have children in the local public school districts this year; most of us are waking up and realizing that through this Cov ridiculousness, the school boards don't have our children's best interests in mind quite like we thought they did. I'm not saying the teachers don't care about our child's well being; there's a lot of GOOD teachers that are not able to teach the way they should. On the other hand, there's a lot of parents who have realized that their kids are not learning certain topics the way they should. With Cov exacerbating everything it touches, during this last year the public schools have had a bright spotlight shining on it's shortcomings.
This is the time to start looking into options. Homeschool has been a very popular option for a lot of parents; my husband was homeschooled and he's MUCH smarter than my Lake City High School-educated brain, and I understand that homeschooling is one of THE best options to raise well-educated children. I, for one, have enough self-awareness to know that unfortunately I will NOT make the best homeschooling parent. I know this. I WISH I were better, but my kids are way too smart that they need to be pushed in a way that I will NEVER be able to do. (They go to CDA Charter but have been sitting at our kitchen table every day since August trying to do Charter online schooling because Charter refuses to allow mask exemptions.)
There is now a NEW (potential) option for those parents that CAN'T homeschool their kids for whatever reason, and really, this option can't come soon enough. It has recently been announced that a new charter academy, Kootenai Classical Academy, will *hopefully* be coming to our area in the Fall of 2022. Kootenai Classical is for those parents that want their children to have a classical education; that type of education kids got before the government got involved with the education system, with emphasis on American classical education. Why American classical education? Because this is America, and our kids should learn on the fundamentals in which this great country was founded.
Kootenai Classical Academy is in the middle of the petition process through the Idaho State Authorizer and the process can take up to two years to complete, hence the Fall 2022 tentative opening date. In the meantime, in order to show the State Authorizer that there's a lot of interest for this school in the area, we need everyone who reads this to go to the Kootenai Classical Academy homepage and click on Sign the Petition. That link will take you to a form to fill out to show your interest in bringing this academy to our area. Once you're done, share the website far and wide with your friends and family to have them do the same. The more interest we garner in this school, the faster we can get it here for a REAL educational experience for our children.
Kootenai Classical Academy is founded by Dr. Terrence Moore, a veteran Hillsdale University professor with an extensive knowledge in history and Western Civilization. Dr. Moore is also one of the chief architects of the Hillsdale College Barney Charter School Initiative: a project of Hillsdale College devoted to the education of young Americans to "train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a rigorous, classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue." Dr. Moore is working through the process of making Kootenai Classical Academy affiliated with Hillsdale's BCSI; once the State Authorizer approves the academy's entrance into the state, Dr. Moore is hoping the affiliation process will proceed. There are only 25 other BCSI-affiliated schools in the entire country; the closest in Fruitland, ID: Treasure Valley Classical Academy.
To understand the curriculum that will be coming to Kootenai Classical Academy, check out the Curriculum page on the aforementioned Treasure Valley Classical Academy. Treasure Valley Classical Academy emphasizes a content-rich, integrated, traditional curriculum that not only features the arts and sciences, but also integrates character formation and the school’s core virtues: Courage, Courtesy, Honesty, Perseverance, Self-Government, and Service. The curriculum is aligned with to the classical approach to learning and human formation. Learn more about classical education here.
- Treasure Valley Classical Academy seeks to develop students in both mind and character. Students are expected to conduct themselves honorably in word and deed, to strive to live by the virtues, and to encourage others to do so as well. Read more about our approach to character formation here.
- English literacy—the code of the English language and how to read and think—are critical to life-long wellbeing and cognitive development. Treasure Valley Classical Academy uses Access Literacy’s neuro-linguistic approach to teach English literacy. This is a research proven method that integrates writing and spelling to teach reading and promote thinking. Read more about our elementary literacy program here.
- Mathematics is a language that describes the world around us. It is both beautiful in and of itself and a central component of the arts and sciences. Numeracy and an early understanding of the language of mathematics are essential to long-term well-being and cognitive development. Read more about our approach to elementary mathematics here.
Our academic program is based around a “back-to-basics” approach where spelling counts, English grammar is taught explicitly, manners matter, hard work is expected, and standardized testing does not drive the curriculum. We offer low teacher-student ratios (no more than 54 students per grade and 18-27 students per teacher) and a faculty of passionate subject matter experts with demonstrated mastery of the humanities, mathematics, and sciences. Students are required to wear uniforms, as we find that reduces distractions and promotes good behavior in the classroom.
- Full-day Kindergarten
- Significant emphasis on phonics-based reading, spelling and vocabulary.
- Text-centered, teacher-led instruction fostering pre-Socratic inquiry and discussion.
- Memory work, recitation, and public speaking cultivated through practice.
- Mathematics taught conceptually using Singapore Math in cross-grade ability grouping.
- Reading of the great books in literature and primary source documents in history.
- Visual and performing arts emphasizing theory, history, and performance.
- Spanish taught K-6 with Latin and Greek roots introduced in 4th-6th grades.
- Latin required in grades 7-9, followed by choice of more Latin or Spanish.
- Optional Advanced Placement courses in math, languages, and the sciences in grades 10-12.
- Senior capstone thesis providing a challenging academic rite of passage: requires a 20-page paper and an oral defense before the faculty and fellow students.
- Active Parent Teacher Community Association (PTCA).
- Affiliated with Hillsdale College Barney Charter School Initiative.
I want to write about 9 paragraphs about how great I find this new academy, but I want you to check it out for yourself. Go to the Kootenai Classical Academy website and learn more about this school, the Board of Directors, and the emphasis behind an American classical education. Share this with your friends and family, check out one of the informational sessions at Cabelas, and together we can successfully bring a wholesome school into the Kootenai area.
(Note: Only grades K-6 will be offered for the inaugural 2022-2023 school year. One additional grade will be added each year thereafter until the school reaches K-12 status.)