Curriculum and Instruction: Starting with the End in Mind
Heritage Flex follows a classical education approach to learning. Class sizes are kept small to allow for personalized instruction. Students master important academic standards from a knowledge-rich curriculum based on the intellectual heritage of Western literature and thought. Curriculum and lesson plans are presented to parents for home days in a simple format to help them know daily education goals, suggested pacing, and locations for additional resources.
Through a thoughtfully designed and fully integrated curriculum, critical thinking and character development are emphasized. Faculty work closely with parents to design an effective curriculum that is easily taught on home days. Although many resources and materials will be in paper format, parents will have anytime, anywhere access to the tools needed for students to complete their work away from campus.
The educational program uses classical literature to improve student reading, writing, speaking, and thinking skills, as well as Saxon Math. The elementary and middle school curriculum emphasizes mastery of the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for academic success in high school and college. In addition, students participate in four days of Saxon Math instruction per week, accessible either while the student is on campus for a “Core Classroom” day, or remotely when students are not on campus.
The classical model of education emphasizes language development through what educators call “word-centered” education—students interact with the subject material (science, history, literature) to comprehend it, interpret it, and talk about it. Heritage Flex students are immersed in a rich English language arts curriculum along with classical languages such as Latin. Research has shown that the discipline of mastering the elements of language aids in the understanding of grammar, the growth of vocabulary, the deepening of critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.
Students educated classically participate in higher level conversations about the great literature that has influenced our democratic traditions. In the primary grades, this takes the form of discussing themes and ideas inspired by classic writers and their characters. The cornerstone of our instructional approach for the upper grades is the Socratic seminar, which utilizes a Great Books curriculum.