Institute for faith, culture, and creativity

Poiema Academy

To succeed in today’s world, students need more than a diploma. They need to be equipped to think well about the world in which they live.

In particular, a successful student needs to be wise and prudent amidst vacillating contemporary trends, innovative and creative so they can make those things which are true, good, and beautiful for society, and virtuous and eloquent so they can communicate truthfully 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

What makes Poiema distinct is not that we employ state-of-the-art technology so students living virtually anywhere in the world can have access to a quality, online liberal arts education, but these three characteristics set Poiema apart:

  1. Poiema is Christian. We believe the lordship of Christ, the centrality of the gospel, and the primacy of Scripture are foundational to all of life, including and especially education, and teach to the end that each student may better know and glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.
  2. Poiema is classical. By means of the seven liberal arts, we strive to cultivate each student’s capacity to apprehend and appreciate the true, the good, and the beautiful so he or she is better equipped to be wise, virtuous, creative, and eloquent.
  3. Poiema is specialized. A limited number of students showing promise of intellectual aptitude will spend six years with a master teacher in a rigorous study of the liberal arts, sometimes called The Great Books.

Scope and Sequence

The scope and sequence of the Poiema Academy program consists of 96 units of study over the course of six academic years as outlined below in Table 1.

Each unit of study is nine weeks in duration, with students meeting twice per week using the Oxford model of lecture and recitation.

Each unit of study will require approximately six hours per week of individual study in addition to the two-and-a-half hours of regularly scheduled classroom study. Thus, each nine-week course requires approximately 76 academic hours of study.

Student will take 16 units of study per academic year, which is approximately 1224 academic hours annually.

The weekly schdule for the Poiema course of study is provided in Table 2.

Table 1
7th Humanities 1-4 Pre- Algebra 1-4   Physical Science  Latin 1-4
8th  Humanities 4-8  Algebra 1-4  Logic  Latin 5-8
9th  Humanities 9-12  Geometry 1-4  Biology  Latin 9-12
10th  Adv. Humanities 1-4  Algebra 5-8  Chemistry  Greek 1-4
11th  Adv. Humanities 5-8  Calculus 1-4  Physics  Greek 5-8
12th  Adv. Humanities 9-12  Economics  Government  Rhetoric


Table 2
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
8:00 – 9:15 am Course 1 Course 2 Course 1 Course 2
9:30 – 10:45 am Course 3 Course 4 Course 3  Course 4

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