Our High School Educational Approach
Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School is a classical education high school that seeks to enhance our students’ academic achievements through the addition of college recognized coursework.
We designed our educational program to overlap with STEM, advanced-placement (AP), and honors courses. Classical education shares some key elements with the International Baccalaureate program, in that both approaches seek to develop life-long learners.
Classical Education Defined
Classical education is a language-rich and comprehensive curriculum based on the maturing aspect of a student’s mind. Learning is based on language: words, written and spoken, are emphasized, rather than images in pictures, videos and television. Language-based learning requires the mind to work harder. Further, learning follows a specific three-part pattern: the mind must be supplied with facts; then given the logical tools for organization of facts; and finally equipped to express conclusions. The goal of classical education is to foster logic, inquiry, and effective communication.
We embrace classical education due to four essential characteristics that separate it from other forms of education. Our students will learn to:
Express their logical conclusions in clear, forceful, and elegant language
Synthesize the processes of higher learning, including thinking, reading, writing, and speaking
Value all knowledge and its context, leading to wisdom
Cultivate character through rigorous study, leading to virtue
The following AP courses are currently available: Biology, Calculus (AB), Calculus (BC), Chemistry, European History, Human Geography, Language & Composition, Literature & Composition, Physics, Spanish, Statistics, and US History. Classes will be offered based on enrollment numbers. Some classes may be offered every other year.
Classical Education and STEM
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are taught like any other subject in the classical education model. We focus on matching the subject matter and its related set of skills to the appropriate learning stage. In elementary school, students learn basic facts; in middle school, students are taught the tools of inquiry; and in high school, students analyze and critique what they have learned, and apply this reasoning to other areas of information. In virtually every subject, students read, write, and speak using the tools of classical education. This model does not focus on the subject matter per se, but rather on a method for handling, learning, and mastering a subject.
Classical education is a life-long process of applying the tools of learning—basic facts, tools of inquiry, and original thought—to any subject matter.
Classical Education and Core Knowledge
Core Knowledge provides students with the facts. Classical Education teaches students what to do with those facts – for example, how to think through them, how to unify them, how to best express them, how to assess their reliability and value, and how to apply them to their lives.
Classical Education and Historical Context
Classical education relies on over 2,500 years of great content. The common themes of grammar, literature, logic, and rhetoric were pillars of the classical approach to education in ancient Greece and Rome. Classical education has since evolved, but it has always retained themes that include literature, languages, history, and rhetoric. Classical education has educated many who have made world-wide contributions in the areas of science, philosophy, literature, mathematics, politics and more. Famous classically educated people include Alexander the Great, Geoffrey Chaucer, Cicero, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Martin Luther, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Copernicus, and Goethe.