Creating self-determined, independent learners.
To better understand the nature of our mastery-based academic program, we recommend reading through the About Us section of our website (specifically the pages on Forms, Not Grades, Study Technology and The Delphi Program) before diving into this Academics section.
It is also beneficial to read the earlier page in this section covering Our Approach, so the basics of our philosophy, as well as how these basics are implemented in each school, Lower through Upper, is understood prior to reading about them.
Elementary School Program
During their Elementary School years, students develop educational skills and habits that will stay with them for life. It is also during this early period that their educational foundation in reading, writing and mathematics is made firm. Our Elementary School curriculum focuses on these basics, while immersing the student in the arts, physical and social sciences, foreign language and plenty of practical application to the real world.
Building the Basics: Elementary School Curriculum
The keynote of our Elementary School curriculum is volume—of reading, writing, arithmetic calculations, opportunities to relate what they're learning in the classroom to other areas of their lives. Students work their way through an extensive reading program while in the Elementary School, reading books of increasing difficulty from a list of fiction, historical fiction, biographies, autobiographies and non-fiction. The books also integrate with the texts utilized in the history courses, to help further the students' understanding and encourage them to make additional connections between history and current events.
Elementary Students will read an average of ten to fifteen books per month, depending on length and complexity.
To strengthen arithmetic skills, students will drill daily on Delphian's Math Facts for the Computer (MFC) program. This proprietary program has been designed to achieve ever-increasing levels of instant-response arithmetic competency. Emphasis is on the four arithmetic operations through 12's.
Beyond Academics: Study Skills for Life
Education should not be simply about memorizing facts and regurgitating them on a test. While many of us were educated in this fashion and still made our lives a success, perhaps we can also recall times when we would rather have been doing anything else other than studying.
Delphian's approach involves children with their educations, to the result that they a) see how education can benefit them now as well as in the future, b) continuously find ways to expand upon their native curiosity, and c) gain confidence in their ability to understand what they're studying.
A unique benefit of the Delphi Program is that all students develop good study habits, because they literally learn how to learn. The educational study method taught at Delphian does not involve study or memory tricks. Instead, students are taught three specific barriers to study, all of which produce specific physiological reactions that children learn to spot themselves; then they're shown how to recognize those reactions, as well as how to handle them to restore comprehension.
From the very beginning of their Delphian education, our students become alert to the various signs of these learning barriers and gradually gain the ability to overcome them as they move through the program—at first with considerable teacher assistance, and then with increasing independence.
With Delphian's study method, the days of being frustrated by problems of understanding are left far behind.
Students generally enter Delphian's Elementary School at about eight years of age and complete it by eleven or twelve years of age.
Download the Delphian School Graduation Requirements Handbook for a complete listing of requirements for graduation from each form.