​ACADEMICS

Timeless Teaching in a Changing World

Dacula Classical Academy uses a classical approach to teaching and learning.  To be educated in any discipline, you must: know its basic principles (grammar), reason clearly about it (logic), and communicate its ideas and apply them effectively (rhetoric).   These three stages of learning align with our elementary, middle, and high school classes in both how they are taught and in the expectations we have for students at each level.

Please see our Student Handbook for guidelines applying to all students and our High School Handbook for items specific to students in grades 9 through 12.

Lower Elementary (Grades K-2)

Focuses on the foundations of reading, penmanship, and arithmetic with 1-2 hours of homework on home days

  • Systematic phonics program used to produced fluent readers and competent spellers

  • Manipulative-based math instruction to teach math concepts

  • Classical literature read aloud to students by teachers

  • Focus on proper letter formation for manuscript penmanship

  • Focus on narration skills

  • Introduction to Latin with Latin songs

  • Nature study

  • History taught chronologically through stories

  • Art and music instruction

Upper Elementary (Grades 3-5)

Focuses on reading, computation, and composition skills with 3-4 hours of homework on home days

  • Focus on reading comprehension and narration skills

  • Organization of information and summarizing in composition

  • Manipulative-based math instruction to teach math concepts

  • Rich, classical children’s literature used for class discussion teaching story elements

  • Beginning formal instruction in Latin

  • Elementary science courses in human anatomy, astronomy, and general science with simple experiments and projects

  • Chronological study of history with map activities and projects

  • Elective classes in art, music, drama, and general interest classes

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Focuses on organizing information and understanding the relationships between ideas with 4-5 hours of homework on home days

  • Introduction to literary analysis

  • Focus on essay writing

  • Formal instruction in Latin grammar

  • Pre-algebra and Algebra coursework

  • General and physical science coursework with simple experiments and projects

  • Chronological study of world history from ancient history to the modern time period

  • Elective classes in art, music, drama, and general interest classes

High School (Grades 9-12)

Focuses on understanding concepts and communicating ideas through speaking as well as creative and expository writing with 4-5 hours of homework on home days

  • Focus on advanced writing skills in both research and essay writing

  • Focus on advanced literary analysis

  • Focus on higher level math classes including Geometry, Algebra 2, and Trigonometry

  • Completion of high school level Latin 1, Latin 2, and Latin 3

  • Science credit coursework including Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory experiments and reports

  • World and American History with accompanying primary sources

  • Dual Enrollment college classes for students in 11th-12th grades

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