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Academic Education

In order to educate students properly, Will Carleton Academy uses a content-rich curriculum that provides the skills and cultural literacy necessary to become an educated person. Will Carleton Academy strives to ensure that all students possess that most fundamental learning tool, the ability to read with ease and comprehension; a knowledge of history so that they will know of their heritage and have the benefit of our ancestors’ experience; basic skill in mathematics; a capacity to think critically and logically; the ability to articulate their thoughts both verbally and in clear, concise prose; a knowledge of the natural world which the study of science and natural history provides; and finally, an appreciation of the beautiful as revealed through the great works of art, music, and poetry.

The curriculum includes the study of phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, classical literature, math, science, geography, history, a foreign language, the fine arts and physical education. The role of computers in the classroom is limited at Will Carleton Academy. Students acquire a basic understanding and facility with technology as it is integrated into the fundamental academic subjects.

There is a definite sequence of skill and knowledge that all children master in each grade. Every child learns this core and gains the specific knowledge needed to excel at the next grade level. Acquiring this specific and well-integrated body of knowledge grants students pleasure in learning as well as self-respect, and it ensures that they will enter the next grade ready and eager to learn more. It is in this way that children acquire confidence and self-esteem.

The role of the teacher at Will Carleton Academy is to provide knowledge and discipline. All of our teachers have pedagogical training and a detailed knowledge of the subject matter that they teach. They expect a certain standard of behavior, and they provide the necessary structure to keep the class on task. We believe that schools must have orderly classrooms in order to produce mastery of conventional knowledge and skills.

Character Education

Will Carleton Academy is committed by its mission to providing an education that unites quality in academic achievement with the development of personal character. Developing the basic and universally recognized character virtues of honesty, integrity, perseverance, compassion, respect, and the like still belongs at the center of the educational task, where it has stood in the Western tradition for centuries. Education, in this venerable tradition, promotes knowledge in the context of citizenship. Michigan’s own State Constitution states: “Religion, morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

All people, especially children, rise to meet the expectations which are placed upon them. At Will Carleton Academy, there are high academic standards and high expectations for respectful and appropriate behavior. Character education at Will Carleton Academy takes place through the teacher example and through the reading of quality literature. Good character is encouraged through good discipline. Irresponsible and irreverent behavior will not be tolerated; polite and civilized behavior is expected. Fair and positive conflict resolution is practiced. Our goal is that all Will Carleton Academy students become self-disciplined, self-motivated, and have internal controls.

Parental Involvement

Finally, parents are an integral part of the operation of this academy, being involved at every level from classroom volunteer to policy maker. It is the school’s role to educate the child and to support the positive values that are instilled at home. The school is not a replacement for the family. Every parent may have some level of involvement in the school through participation on school committees and projects, and through the election of the members of the Board of Directors of the school.

With this philosophy in mind, the mission of Will Carleton Academy can be fulfilled. The child will gain knowledge, develop self-discipline, and learn to behave in a respectful and appropriate manner. All of these qualities raise the child above the base and allow the child to reach his or her fullest potential. These attributes create a knowledgeable and informed citizenry and are the philosophical goals of Will Carleton Academy.