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Academic Excellence

Discovery and Learning

The Board of Directors (BOD) desires that all students receive a classical, liberal arts education. To this end, the BOD has determined the following educational priorities.

1. Basic cognitive skills: reading, writing, mathematics 

2. Core subjects:

   a. English language and literature

   b. History, geography, government, and civics

   c. Physical and biological sciences

   d. Mathematics

3. Other classical subjects: Latin, art, and music

4. Auxiliary subjects: Foreign languages, Physical Education, technology and performing arts.

5. Extracurricular activities of any type as defined by the BOD, Director of Operations, and Principal.


The K-8 curriculum will follow the Core Knowledge Sequence. Occasionally, the School will diverge from the Core Knowledge Sequence to raise the standards in teaching a particular subject or skill. The BOD and Principal will determine these instances, with the guidance of policy adherence by the Director of Operations. The principal will ensure that all content areas in the K-8 Core Knowledge Sequence are taught in grades K-8.

Kindergarten Phonics Lesson

Step into the vibrant world of kindergarten phonics, as Mrs. Herrera guides young scholars through a typical day using the RIGGS curriculum. In this video, witness the power of structured education as ICA introduces new sounds, engages in interactive activities, and fosters a love for reading. The RIGGS curriculum's meticulous approach ensures a solid foundation in phonics, making each lesson a dynamic and essential step in a child's journey towards literacy. Join us in this insightful glimpse into a day of learning that combines fun and rigor, creating a compelling environment for kindergarten phonics education.

ICA uses the Riggs curriculum for K-2 reading & writing.
Learn more about the Riggs Institute by clicking here. 


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Summer Reading List

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Don't forget your summer reading!

All grade levels have 1 required book along with several others recommended. Each grade level will have a graded assignment & Socratic discussion about their book upon return to school in August.

Summer reading for K-8 students is particularly important in classical education, as it helps to cultivate a love of learning and critical thinking skills. Reading classic literature exposes students to timeless ideas and themes that are still relevant today, while also providing a foundation for future academic success. Additionally, summer reading can help students develop their vocabulary, writing skills, and overall comprehension, which are all essential elements of classical education.

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