To succeed in today’s world, students need more than a diploma or job training. They need to be equipped to think well about the complex world in which they live, work, and will raise their families.
A successful student in today’s world will need to be wise and prudent amidst vacillating contemporary trends, innovative and imaginative to create things which are true, good, and beautiful, and virtuous and eloquent so they can communicate accurately and persuasively in a noisy and distracted world.
If society needs wise and eloquent leaders, Christian schools should be at the forefront of educating people for these roles. The liberal arts tradition has dependably produced creative and active men and women whose impact on Western culture has been felt for millennia.
– Robert Littlejohn
The Poiema Difference
Poiema Academy is distinct, not because we employ state-of-the-art technology so students can live virtually anywhere in the world and have access to a quality liberal arts education, but because:
- Poiema is thoroughly Christian in its worldview. We believe the lordship of Christ, the centrality of the gospel, and the primacy of Scripture are foundational to all of life. We teach to the end that each student will better know and glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.
- Poiema is comprehensively classical in its approach. By means of the seven liberal arts, we strive to cultivate apprehension and appreciation of the true, the good, and the beautiful so each student is better equipped to be wise, virtuous, creative, and eloquent in any vocation they pursue.
- Poiema is uniquely selective in its enrollment. A limited number of students showing promise of intellectual aptitude will spend six years with a master teacher, and each other, in a rigorous study of the liberal arts, sometimes called The Great Books. In this environment, they will forge relationships and thinking skills that will stay with them for a lifetime.
Scope and Sequence
The scope and sequence of the Poiema Academy program consists of four courses of study per year over a period of six academic years as outlined in the Program Track below.
Each course of study is thirty-six weeks in duration, and students meet five days per week for lectures, recitations, and Socratic discussions.
Each Poiema credit will consist of approximately 120-180 hours of study (instruction, reading, and labs). Thus, each academic year is comprised of approximately 1080 academic hours.
A tentative weekly schedule for the Poiema Academy is provided below.
|7th||Humanities 1||Pre-Algebra||Physical Science||Latin 1|
|8th||Humanities 2||Algebra||Logic||Latin 2|
|9th||Humanities 3||Geometry||Biology||Latin 3|
|10th||Humanities 4||Algebra II||Chemistry||Latin 4|
|11th||Humanities 5||Calculus||Physics||Greek 1|
|12th||Humanities 6||Eco. / Gov.||Rhetoric||Greek 2|
Humanities – Reading the great books and studying the ideas that have shaped the Western tradition is fundamental to a liberal arts education, and it is the soul of the Poiema ethos. Humanities courses are 3-credit integrated courses that treat the literature, history, geography, philosophy, and theology of the ancient, medieval, and modern periods. Students will read approximately 200 classic works throughout the program.
Colloquium – Each week students will meet to receive specialized lectures, present commonplaces, papers, and memory work, lead peer discussions, and practice rhetorical skills. If the humanities is the soul of the Poiema ethos, then the weekly colloquium is the soul of Poiema’s pathos and logos.
Languages – Latin and Greek are the foundational languages of our Western tradition. In addition to developing critical thinking skills, learning these fundamental languages will help students better understand English grammar and composition, introduce them to literary works in their original languages, pave the way for learning most of the romantic languages, and open doors into professions whose jargon is historically rooted in these languages, e.g. medical, legal, and theological vocations.
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