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All students receive a comprehensive academic program, enrolling each year in English, social studies, science, mathematics, art, and instrumental or vocal music, plus physical education, technology, drama, and (in grades 10-12) a second language, thus providing all students with a strong academic foundation. These features mark the school’s academic program:
An individual learns essential knowledge best when it is presented in a consistent, logical, developmental pattern over a long span of time. Short, modular bits of knowledge do not fit into patterns or reinforce each other, hence are quickly forgotten. The learning process for each person (including the skills, concepts, and processes that make up knowledge) must be consistent and developmental from lesson to lesson, from unit to unit, from semester to semester, from teacher to teacher, and through all the years of schooling. For example, instruction in composition includes daily practice over the years of schooling. Each lesson on writing integrates knowledge and skills taught earlier with new, advanced, and more complex features, so that review and integration of old with the new is continuous.
This strategy consists of two interrelated parts. Students must be working throughout their educational careers in a selected number of essential fields of knowledge: the sciences-both natural and social; the humanities-art, music, literature, and drama; and technology-the study of human processes and institutions. This study must be augmented with sports, activity in organizations, and other extracurricular activities to build a balanced top-quality program.