Marshall Academy provides a superior education:
- Prepares students to excel in college
- Accelerated learning according to student's abilities
- Talented teachers motivate, inspire and create a passion for learning
- Outstanding music program
- An atmosphere of acceptance fosters self-confidence
- Opportunities for each student to participate in sports, band, choir, drama and social events
- High expectations encourage individual excellence
- Motivated students excel in the right learning environment
MARSHALL ACADEMY CURRICULUM - Full Summary Found Here
BACK TO BASICS:
Reading and writing embrace traditional phonics instruction, while mathematics instruction relies upon memorization and review combined with the appropriate use of manipulatives and story problems for the understanding of math concepts. These subjects are block scheduled to allow students to move according to their skill level.
Marshall Academy believes students should be taught to see the importance of conveying information or ideas in a handwritten form that can be readily deciphered by the reader, and to take personal satisfaction in neat, legible writing. Word processing equipment will never eliminate the frequent need and desire for handwritten notes and letters, whether personal or professional. Marshall Academy provides a solid foundation for students beginning with manuscript writing in kindergarten and first grade, then introducing cursive in third grade.
LIBERAL ARTS (A Well-rounded Education):
Academy students participate in choral singing; learn and practice vocal techniques; and study musical notation, harmony, terminology, and history. Students additionally study classical music and music appreciation. At various times throughout the year, all students come together to sing at Academy events. Band and Chorus are also offered as electives. While band class occurs during school hours, Chorus is a popular before school activity. Members perform at Academy events and community functions.
Art classes allow students to explore visual forms of expression and to cultivate an aesthetic sense. Students additionally study historically significant art and art appreciation.
Younger students participate in activities designed to develop gross and fine motor skills, while older students learn sports and games that can help them maintain fitness throughout their adult lives. All students receive instruction in the rules and techniques of team sports.
Starting in third grade students are exposed to basic Latin concepts. Through songs, chants, and stories students learn vocabulary and grammar.
Students in 4th -6th grade also use this time to study advanced vocabulary from Greek and Latin roots. This early exposure to Latin prepares students to better understand the material when they begin their high school credits for graduation.
Historical essentials, breadth of mind and a sense of international tolerance have been developed for centuries in young people throughout the world by their study of the "Classics" of ancient Greek and Roman culture which are the very roots of Western civilization.
When ancient civilization was rediscovered by Europeans in the middle ages, the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and the Latin language became the basis of their curriculum that both trained and liberated students' minds. This, in a nutshell, was the Renaissance; the rebirth from antiquity of a culture with a refined educational philosophy.
The study of Latin in the elementary years also prepares our students for the in-depth study of Greek and Roman civilization that the Marshall Academy introduces beginning in the eighth grade. The study of the inherent culture of a language is an inseparable part of any foreign language program.
Latin is also an excellent foundation for the learning of the other foreign languages a student may desire to master for personal or professional reasons in their secondary and post-secondary education. All Indo-European languages belong to groups of languages which Latin represents at an early stage in their development.
Latin also assists students with science. It adds meaning to otherwise difficult-to-learn scientific terminology, not to mention the genus and species names of every living thing on earth. Latin even assists the study of music.
Even more essential is the guidance that Latin lends to the mastery of the English language. The study of Latin words develops an awareness of words in our own language. This is an awareness with which no contemporary foreign language can compare, for some two-thirds of our dictionary entries are words derived from Latin, including over 90% of words of three or more syllables. Similarity between so many words leads one to compare meanings and thus refine and expand knowledge of English vocabulary.
Reading comprehension is also enhanced. Breaking an unknown word down into its Latin derivatives assists in decoding the meaning. This is an excellent adjunct in learning to read with explicit systematic phonics. Latin roots make their presence known to a reader who uses phonics.
We begin Latin instruction in third grade when phonics instruction has been completed. The study of Latin then continues through eighth grade.