What Makes Our School Different?
Faced with the great variety of educational institutions and approaches available today, conscientious parents are left asking a simple question: "Which school is best for our children?" The first question parents usually ask themselves is "Should we send our children to a public school?” Choosing between a public and a private school is not just about choosing which school provides the best academic instruction for your child. It’s important to know why many people believe the US public education system is failing. Here are some points that we would like to share with you:
1. The failure of the public schools:
- • adoption of the Common Core;
- • focus on standardized testing at taxpayer expense;
- • consistent decline of SAT/ACT scores over the last decades;
2. Exposure to soul-damaging influences:
- • lack of moral education— reading materials that promote vices and atheism;
- • study of 20th and 21st century “art”;
- • use of rock, rap, and pop music as teaching & learning tools;
- • sex “education” promoting promiscuity and transgenderism;
- • exclusion of God from the classroom;
- • direct exposure to sexual relations from a very early age;
- • provocative “fashion” among both students and teachers;
- • use of drugs and alcohol on school grounds;
- • exposure to cliques and countercultural ideas.
In response to these problems, the 3HA offers a traditional, time-honored, virtue-promoting, soul-profiting, comprehensive educational environment. Our program is grounded in the educational ideas and teaching of the Three Hierarchs and therefore aims at the formation of the whole child—soul, mind, and body.
What makes our school different:
- • primary emphasis on education of the soul;
- • a traditional style of education, based on creation science, truthful history, and renowned literary works, both ancient and modern;
- • carefully chosen books and instructional materials that have been tested for generations and have been proven to work (however, incorporating new scientific content);
- • focus on critical thinking skills, such as analysis, clear communication, creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving;
- • phonics vs. whole language reading;
- • emphasis on cursive handwriting;
- • delaying the use of technology until the 11th grade;
- • an environment that makes learning enjoyable by challenging young minds and engaging students in the learning process;
- • low student-to-teacher ratio and more personal attention;
- • strong teacher-student and teacher-parent relationships that help support this unique learning environment.
Our school’s offerings include:
- • a rigorous program in mathematics (abacus, mental arithmetic, comprehensive algebra, Euclidean geometry, and trigonometry);
- • a unique opportunity for students to learn Byzantine chant and explore their artistic and musical talents;
- • a partial Greek immersion program (currently being developed) in which students become fluent in Modern Greek while acquiring a reading knowledge of ancient Greek;
- • fine art lessons with Christian themes that inspire creativity and deepen a child’s faith;
- • instruction in life skills such as cooking, sewing, gardening, and woodworking;
- • a physical education program that develops athletic ability and builds teamwork.