Resource Library

Resource Library

The following resources provide a helpful starting point for those interested in learning more about the Thales Academy educational philosophy.

Direct Instruction:

The Pre-K-5 years are the most critical in a child’s academic career. These foundational years set the stage for all further learning, and largely determine the trajectory a student will take well into high school, college, and beyond. In grades Pre-K through 5, students learn and master the fundamentals of all core academic subjects, preparing them for success in advanced learning in the future. A child’s experience in school is critical during these early years; teachers must carefully cultivate a love of learning and develop students' natural curiosity and sense of wonder. In addition, the building blocks of character are formed, as children learn to choose right from wrong and develop innate traits of respect, honesty, and courage so that later on, they may live as productive citizens of integrity. The Thales Academy elementary program is designed to meet these goals through the use of our robust Direct Instruction curriculum, character formation, and skills development. We do not take the Pre-K-5 years for granted, as we know that they set the stage for a child’s road to success for decades to follow.

Classical Education:

The 6-12 years build upon the foundation developed in elementary school. These rigorous years challenge students to think critically on their own and to develop their own original conclusions based on their knowledge and reasoning skills. The classical curriculum utilizes several important components that contribute to these goals: the study of Latin and English grammar, to help students develop excellent writing and grammar skills; Logic, to allow students to critically reason through arguments and determine truth from untruth; Rhetoric, to teach students how to clearly and concisely express their ideas; writing and the senior thesis, to allow students the opportunity to express their ideas through the written word; and advanced mathematics and the sciences, to challenge students to grasp how the world functions and operates. JH/HS coursework is paired with Socratic discussion, allowing students to debate and exchange their ideas with each other in a structured round table discussion format. This style of learning ensures that students not only take in information, but put it into practice immediately, and daily, in the classroom. After years of immersion in the classical curriculum, Thales Academy students graduate with a high level of thinking and communication skills, as well as a robust work ethic and a sense of earned confidence that quickly allow them to achieve high levels of success and actively contribute to their communities and the workplace.

What you know limits what you can learn…the more you know and the more you have…flexible interests that can take you to any point along the horizon of what you know, the more you’re capable of learning.
- Zig Engelmann