Classical Education

Academic Program

Jackson Hole Classical Academy’s curriculum strives to give students a rich and meaningful academic course of study. The purpose of the curriculum is to shape student’s minds and hearts to love what is true, good, and beautiful.

The overview of the curriculum follows the classical paradigm of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Each of these stages reflects a period of a student’s development—roughly corresponding to elementary, middle, and high school. Each stage has a unique goal. These goals build on one another and culminate in a flourishing and educated young man or woman.

The Trivium

Grammar stage students have a quick memory and find joy in repeating or chanting various facts, rhymes, and lists. They acquire a good deal of important facts easily and are not pushed to reason abstractly with this information. In these grades, students at JH Classical Academy learn the grammar, or building blocks, of subjects.
 
The logic stage consists of the middle years of education. Students in this stage begin to ask “why?” very frequently. They develop powers of reasoning and argumentation. Abstract thinking becomes possible, especially toward the end of the logic stage. Students begin to form arguments by drawing on what they have learned and applying logical reasoning.

The rhetoric stage is about independent expression. Students continue to study all the subjects but see the interplay between them. Students use their knowledge to synthesize and create. A student who has completed the rhetoric stage finds some personal outlet for expression, whether in the arts or sciences. 

Lower School

The lower school at JH Classical Academy builds habits of learning in students. Students are inspired with a sense of wonder and imagination in all disciplines. Every subject uses memorization to fill the curious young minds with the information that they crave. Students leave the lower school as they begin to enter the logic stage and think logically.

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Upper School

Students progress through pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, algebra II, trigonometry, and calculus in the upper school math program. As they gain mathematical proficiency, students acquire critical thinking and reasoning skills.

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Contact

Jackson Hole Classical Academy
P.O. Box 7466
Jackson, WY 83002
 
Enrollment Inquiries:
Polly Friess
(307) 690-8396
 
All Other Inquiries:
School Office
(307) 201-5040






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Nondiscrimination Policy: Jackson Hole Classical Academy admits students of any gender, race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Jackson Hole Classical Academy does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance, athletic, arts or other school administrated programs.