Academic Information

Subjects taught using the Classical Framework:

Bible

Arithmetic

Grammar

Latin

Art & Music Appreciation

Literature

Geography

Writing

Physical Education

Oratory

Science

History



Bible

We communicate that the Bible is our authority in all matters of life. We seek to cultivate a love for the Bible as God’s Word, as well as a heartfelt response of trust and obedience to God.


Arithmetic

Classical students advance more quickly than many other students. As we strive to keep students interested by keeping them challenged, Saxon math provides an excellent basis for both higher math and logic within our system.

Saxon publishers designed a math program that produces confident students who are able to compute and apply concepts to new situations.

This is called “incremental development and continual review.” This is also known as cognitive development. It allows students to grasp one facet of a concept before the next one is introduced. Both facets are then practiced together until another is introduced.


Grammar

Grammar, the science of language usage, teaches how to speak and write the [English] language correctly. The Shurley English Grammar curriculum includes fun songs as teaching exercises. Shurley English is a unique and innovative English program that has been carefully designed and developed to meet students' educational needs in English by using the four branches of grammar: motivation, retention, transfer, and reinforcement. The concepts are presented in a logical learning order, and there is a step-by-step method for teaching concepts that reaches the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles of students. Enough repetition is used to ensure mastery of each concept taught.


Literature

Students will critique the classics such as Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey and why they have withstood the test of time. Literary works of Shakespeare, Tennyson, Longfellow, Elliot, Dickens, Chaucer, and Shelley are valued. They also inspired our present day poets and writers. As a Bahamian school, tribute must be paid to our writers such as Susan J. Wallace, Michael Pintard and Patricia Glinton-Meicholas.


Art Appreciation

While it may be true that the great writers and artists have been gifted with talent, all of us can be trained to write well and to draw well. Classical education helps students develop an appreciation for fine art. This requires exposure to masterpieces of painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, and other visual works.


Music Appreciation

It is important at the grammar level for children to learn how to sing well on pitch. They also learn the grammar of music, which is made up of four parts: melody, rhythm, harmony, and timbre. As music history is taught, the students are also exposed to excellent music.


Science

We relate science to God's order and magnitude. In grammar school, Sir Isaac Newton and his colleagues made available to us great discoveries of the Western Civilization. As a result, observation and discovery are emphasized at our institution.


Oratory

Oratory is the art of speaking in public effectively and eloquently. Hence, speech and drama are entities that will enrich the grammar stages of enunciation, recitation, and its related areas.


Physical Education

In addition to having a strong mind, we want our children to be physically fit, much like our Bahamian athletes such as Sir Durwood Knowles, Pauline Davis-Thompson, Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie, Eldece Clark-Lewis and Christopher Brown. These athletes, through a physical program built endurance, discipline and fostered team work.

Jesus tells us "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." Mark 12:30. This is what our school aims to do in its development of classical education in the Bahamas.



Classical Education has a track-record of excellence:


  • The average student who is classically educated outscores 89% of students nationally on the ERB standardized test. To localize this for the Bahamas, New Providence Classical School is prepared to introduce the Brigance Diagnostic Measurement. This allows for monitoring of regression or progression.

  • On average, classical students test scores were higher in the United States by as much as 45 points higher on the verbal section and 85 points higher on the math. We predict similar result for the Bahamas.

  • Students who take Latin score an average of 150 points higher than other students on the verbal portion of the SAT.

  • Students in classical schools score an average 70 points higher on the Peers Christian Worldview test than students at non-worldview Christian schools.


The results speak for themselves

Three out of four classical students consistently achieve scores in the highest possible range on national standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT. Additionally, they score well above average in standardized achievement tests.

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