American Academy Curriculum

American Academy Curriculum

The American Academy offers two curriculum programs: the Self-Instructional Work Text Pace program or the Ignitia online program. To find the right Christian home school curriculum, consider the following: your family, your self, and your situation. 

Self-Instructional Curriculum

The academic program of the American Academy uses The School of Tomorrow Curriculum and other supportive curriculum which is recognized and used nationwide. The School of Tomorrow, also known as Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), is a Christian home school curriculum. The educational emphasis of the American Academy presents an individualized educational program which results in student mastery of educational competencies and course requirements.

 

Curriculum Key Elements:

  1. Assures mastery of course content.
  2. Individualized to meet each student’s needs.
  3. Complete and comprehensive.
  4. Promotes goal setting and rewards achievement.
  5. Encourages student responsibility and self-motivation.
  6. Self-instructional mastery based work texts.

The American Academy’s curriculum is ideally suited to the Home School environment.
The curriculum does not require time consuming and often overwhelming lesson preparation. Instead, the parent serves as a partner in the learning process. The School of Tomorrow curriculum uses Self-Teaching Units called “Paces”. Students work at their own pace and rate of comprehension, enabling a student to complete a school year’s work each year.

Parent Training
After enrollment and first tuition payment is made, the parent is sent a Home School Manual which prepares the parent for oversight as the “Home School Supervisor”. The Training will help assure the parent that the student is completing the proper amount of work each school day. After the parent takes the training which lasts about an hour with the Home School Manual and the parent submits the training results to the academy.

After the first tuition payment is made, the Academy sends monthly billing statements for the school years tuition costs.

Styles of learning: Some children learn better by designing and producing items, some by reading or talking to adults. When choosing your Christian home school curriculum, take these preferences into account by exploring learning styles such as visual learning, hearing and kinesthetic learning. You may also need to consider whether your child is a right-brain learner when choosing a curriculum. Interested learning: If your child has a strong interest or does not respond well to typical schoolwork, you may want to try to teach with interest. You should select the tools that reflect your purpose, and that might not include choosing a formal homeschool curriculum.

The curriculum is individualized to each student, using a series of academic assessment and placement tests, which pinpoint academic strengths and weaknesses. This testing provides the information necessary to place the child exactly where he or she will best succeed, while reinforcing academic learning gaps.

The Academy Core Curriculum includes five major academic disciplines:
Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science, and Word Building (traditionally called language arts or spelling) along with other required high school courses and electives. Each Core Curriculum subject contains 144 units of curriculum beginning with pre-school, kindergarten and grade level 1 and ending with grade level 12. The exceptions to this are Math (which contains 132 units) and Word Building (which concludes at the end of the ninth level).

Each curriculum level course consists of 10 to 12 units.
Normally, a student will complete 60 to 72 units in one academic year; however, this will vary according to the student’s ability and grade level. The student who is more skilled may progress at a faster rate. One who is slower is encouraged to do his best while working on his level of proficiency and proceeding, as he is capable. The typical student, then, is working on one unit in each of the five or more subjects. However, the units may be on varying levels, according to the academic prescription based on diagnostic testing.

American Academy Online Curriculum

The online program we use is published by Alpha Omega Publishers and is called “IGNITIA”. Every subject is on line. The On-Line Program is tailored for grades three through Senior High School.

How the Program Works

The Ignitia Online Curriculum is not time consuming does not require lesson preparation. Instead, the parent serves as a partner in the learning process. The Ignitia Online curriculum uses Self-Teaching Units called “Learning Pac’s”. Students work at their own pace and rate of comprehension, enabling a student to complete a school year’s work each year.

The student is able to log in at any time during the day and does not need to have a certain time to do the work. A schedule is set up and assignments are due on certain dates which are flexible.

The Program is self-instructional and self-grading and in some cases the parent will assist in the grading of written material of the assignment. The student works on the daily assignments until the year’s assignments are completed. The Academy also is in contact with the student assignments for the school year. The grades are taken by the Academy from the online program and placed on the Academy’s record system for later report cards and transcripts.

Parent Training

After enrollment and first tuition payment is made, the parent is sent an email with a link to the training for parent oversight as the “Home School Supervisor”. The Training will help assure the parent that the student is completing the proper amount of work each school day. After the parent takes the training which lasts about an hour on the computer, the parent submits the training results to the academy.

After the first tuition payment is made, the Academy places the students account on a credit card automatic withdrawal for the remainder of the school years tuition costs.
If the first tuition payment is paid, the Academy sends an email to the parent with the link for the student to log in to the students school assignments.

Affordable On-Line Program

Because the parent takes part in the supervision of the student, the American Academy is able to offer the program to families at an affordable price. After the Enrollment Fee is paid there are 9 payments of tuition for a full school year and 5 payments of tuition for a semester. Monthly billing statements give the parent a record of payments of tuition. With innovative, interactive features your student will be engaged and interested in learning.

We would be happy to help you with our online curriculum program. There is no mailing with this program as we monitor progress from our office.

The amount of time allowed to complete a course is 11 months, however usually a course is completed within a nine month period.