Chapter A - APA Model

Part 1.0 - Mission and Vision

Section 1.2.1 Philosophy Statement

Policy Statement:

Philosophy Statement

Student academic achievement is the primary goal of American Preparatory Academy.  We believe that only when students master fundamentals and are fluent in the basic foundational knowledge of the major disciplines can they move on to effectively express their knowledge and master higher-level skills.

Therefore, the foundation of our instruction will focus on mastery of fundamentals.  We define mastery as the ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills repeatedly and accurately.  This requires repeated instruction in the subject matter, increasing degree of challenge and considerable practice.   As our students master the fundamentals, our instruction focuses on sequential building of conceptual knowledge and promoting independent expression of knowledge. APA students demonstrate individual internalization of conceptual knowledge through extensive written work and verbal presentation.  This focus on repetitive, sequential knowledge acquisition, combined with extensive expression of understanding, prepare APA students for advanced study at high school and collegiate levels. 

These levels of instruction and knowledge attainment follow the classical education model of the Trivium - grammar, logic and rhetoric.  American Preparatory Academy respects this well-founded, proven educational model and uses it in selecting and implementing the school's curriculum.