Subjects

Catechesis & Religion

The Neumann Classical School uses four approaches for religious instruction: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), traditional catechesis, liturgy, and the Bible. We offer CGS for our younger students (preK-3). CGS is a Montessori-style approach to immersing children in the Catholic faith. It offers tactile and visual experiences to children to enhance their liturgical and interior prayers. Read more...

 

Arithmetic & Mathematics

Rote memorization and conceptual understanding are the keys to fluency in arithmetic. The Neumann Classical School places a great emphasis on arithmetic as the entry point to higher mathematics and the sciences. All students are placed on a single track to ensure completion of Algebra I in grade 8. This accelerated pace will facilitate a future path to taking Calculus in high school. In middle school, we supplement the regular math curriculum with lessons in probability, the basis of Statistics. Math puzzles based on algebra and probability are fun for children and stimulate abstract thinking. Read more...

 

Reading & Literature

Reading proficiently is the basis of success in other subjects. The Neumann Classical School has children reading at one grade ahead of their traditional grade level. In grades K-2, students study phonics and develop their sight word vocabulary to become fluent readers. The younger students practice using readers and standalone books from our instructional collection. We use readers that reinforce phonics lessons and sight word vocabulary lists. We read books that stretch the children’s abilities and delight them. Teachers also read aloud from a rich collection to foster the habit of reading and lifelong love of the written word.  Read more...

 

Language Arts

After phonics and reading, the arts of language include penmanship, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing. Read more...

 

Foreign Languages

In grades K-2, children are introduced to the French language with a fluent French-speaking instructor. The French program incorporates aspects of French culture through music and literature.

In all grades, children learn Latin through prayers, hymns, and common phrases. We supplement choir instruction by using Lingua Angelica to study Latin hymns (Memoria Press) and by translating the parts of the Mass. Students will have a strong grounding in the liturgical language of the Roman Catholic faith. Read more...

 

History and Geography

The Neumann Classical School takes the long view of history. Children begin with the cradle civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, work through the Greco-Roman world, continue into the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and end with the Modern era. We also study American history. Students follow this progression over multiple years. All history classes have a strong geography component. Read more...

 

Art and Art History

We supplement our study of history by exposing the children to key works of art and architecture relevant to the epoch covered in their current grade. Each month features a major artist and the class studies his life and exemplars of his works (e.g., Michaelangelo, Holbein). In addition, children will work through samples of the major artistic movements (e.g., Ancient, Classical, Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modern). Read more...

 

Music

Beginning in Kindergarten, children receive music instruction according to the Ward Method developed by Justine Ward in the 1920s. Children learn to hear music intelligently and to sight read. Children learn musical notation, pitch matching, and good vocal technique. By singing sacred music, including Gregorian chant, we expose students to the beauty of the Catholic Church’s liturgy. Read more...

 

Science

In grades K-5, students engage in nature study, the study of God’s creation through the senses. Children experience wild and curated nature through regular field trips. They bring specimens back into the classroom for further study. Students keep nature journals to develop their observational and recording skills. A library of children’s science books supplements the teacher-guided exploration of the natural world. Read more...