by Nicole Hancock
As the world of technology and communication continues to change at an unprecedented rate, we are facing societal challenges never before conceived. Preparing our children for the world they will inherit has perhaps never been more crucial or more complex. The youth of today are different, and as the first generations born into the full flourish of the technological age we have no predictive road map to hand them — they will build the world as they grow into it. A real education should be a transformative and individualized process whereby students are trained in the unique human ability to comprehend the world around and within them. We see across our nation a continual decline in college and real world readiness as recognized by the expansion of remedial/developmental programs at the university, high drop-out/burn-out rates of freshmen, both of which suggest that students’ intellectual abilities are being actively obstructed at the secondary level of their education. In the past, university-bound students were the products of exclusive preparatory academies, secondary schools designed specifically to train their students in the intellectual capacities necessary for the university environment. While the environment of the university may have changed, successful students are those that have been exposed to the essential attributes necessary to obtain a higher education, e.g. independent and critical thinking, the ability to discern truth from varying and disparate sources of information, a capacity to employ logical reasoning when faced with new information, the ability to convey one’s knowledge in both the written and spoken word, and most crucially, the enthusiastic desire to continue learning beyond the basic requirements and progress to discover the intrinsic rewards of intellectual curiosity and personal growth
St. George Academy was founded with the intention of fostering the necessary foundation of understanding, and sparking the intellectual drive of the students we serve. In tackling the challenges of educating today’s youth, we focus first on the fundamentals of a classic education and then expand the opportunities of our students to delve deeper and establish strengths in reasoning, communication, presentation, and application of concepts in hands-on, engaging classroom experiences. The goal of The Academy is not merely to help our students enter the college of their choice, but to stand out and thrive once there. We seek to nurture life-long learners whose goals become knowledge-based, not merely diploma-driven.
From the campus and classroom design to the curriculum maps and daily schedule crafted by the faculty, St. George Academy was created to more closely mimic a college experience. Outside of the focus on academic fundamentals and skill sets, the students are encouraged to organize their extra-curricular activities and clubs, providing valuable leadership growth with chances to reach out and serve the broader community and establish confidence in pursuing their own ambitions and dreams.
We can count on the environment of the university and the world at large to continue its current trajectory of rapid change. Raising up students who can thrive in these conditions will require them to be exposed to essential attributes such as, independent and critical thinking, the ability to discern truth from varying and disparate sources of information, a capacity to employ logical reasoning when faced with new information, The ability to convey one’s knowledge in both the written and spoken word, a capacity to collaborate effectively with others, and most crucially, the enthusiastic desire to continue learning beyond the basic requirements and progress to discover the intrinsic rewards of intellectual curiosity and personal growth.
St. George Academy is an academically-focused, tuition-free, charter high school serving grades 8-12. The Academy is a unique learning environment that aims to foster the intellects of its students through an extensive educational foundation, intentionally designed to prepare its students for success at the university level and to create life-long learners. The Academy is currently enrolling for the 2018-2019 academic year. Find out more by visiting stgacademy.org. You can also contact Executive Director David W. Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.