As a guide for the overall academic program and the basis for our school, we teach:
A. Classical Culture- It is an expectation that dignity and respect are displayed for and by students. Administration greets students at the gate with a handshake each morning and teachers replicate that greeting at their doors. When a visitor enters a classroom, the students stand to greet them as a group; students are expected to stand when speaking to an authority. Students are required to adhere to a strict dress code that is uniform in nature. The national pledge of allegiance is said each morning. There is a strong partnership with families enabling the students to maintain a rigorous and fast-paced learning pattern. Homework and hard work are daily expectations. The depth of learning is evident as teachers utilize the Socratic Method within the classroom. Fostering accelerated learning, mastery of content, and exceptional behavior aim to create habits of the mind and cultivate moral as well as academic excellence.
B. Virtue Education- The daily lessons inherently cultivate the virtues of temperance, prudence, justice and fortitude as a means of discovering a deeper truth. Virtue is the foundation for all knowledge prompting the learner to strive for wisdom. This is why our vision reads, “A Heritage of Virtue, Wisdom, and Knowledge.” The most important part of our school is the focus on a child’s character in partnership with their parents. Ongoing virtue surveys and teacher feedback provide accountability for this portion of the students’ education.
C. Humanities First- We focus on literature, history, grammar, reading, writing, and human reasoning as the foundation for all other subjects. For example, the art and music departments align their projects to the units of literature illustrating interconnectedness of content. Much of the educational material presented in the classroom is prioritized through the guise of history and literature. We also maintain a100% literacy rate for all students at the end of first grade demonstrating the emphasis on reading instruction. Concurrently we recognize that we must prepare our learners for the modern world; therefore, math and science are taught systematically K-12 in connection to the study of the humanities.
D. A Historical Lens- Engaging students in the great conversations of the past not only broadens their worldview, but develops informed and wise citizens. We structure all of our learning from K-8 through the four historical periods; namely, ancients, medieval, renaissance, and modernity. All literature curriculum is placed at the appropriate grade level based on this historical pattern. This chronological and cyclical view of history allows students to develop a timeline through which they are able to filter current events and political regimes and make judgments regarding possible outcomes and effects on the involved parties.
E. Latin- We teach Latin roots beginning in third grade and intensive studies through Latin 3 in High School. This expectation helps develop the vocabulary and understanding of the English language and grammar. Once students learn the grammar of the Latin language they are ready to use the language as a decoding tool for the rest of their lives.
F. Hierarchy of Learning- Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric, or trivium, are the stages that naturally benefit the developmental periods of the learner. Grammar, kindergarten through sixth grade, is the stage in which students perform rote memorization and develop a baseline of facts and information. This stage is broken into 2 phases (pre-Polly and Polly), which move students from parroting to analyzing these memorized facts. In the logic stage, grades seven through nine, students begin to ask meaningful questions and formally debate. Lastly, students move into the rhetorical stage in grades nine/ten through twelve. When they reach this stage they have internalized their learning and can develop and discuss their personal point of view with evidence and support. All learning at Temecula Preparatory School is taught with respect to these stages.
Temecula Preparatory School's (TPS) K-12 classical instructional model provides a rigorous curriculum which also has a strong focus on the four cardinal virtues. In addition to exceeding all of the California State Standards, TPS has developed their own standards which truly cultivate the human experience.
Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind called the trivium. The trivium covers 3 stages of human development and learning; Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. The TPS Lower School focuses on the Grammar Stage. The purpose of the Grammar stage is to provide students with a strong educational foundation by utilizing rote memorization, phonics based reading, grammar, recitations, and rigorous mathematics; all practiced with the purpose and intent of leading students to absorption. The Upper School is focused on the next two stages. The Logic Stage, which is taught in the middle school years focuses on stimulating and teaching students to develop a logical inquisitiveness regarding information learned. The final stage taught during the high school years is the Rhetoric stage. During the Rhetoric Stage students are taught how to think and apply the knowledge learned in order to understand information in a meaningful way and produce original thought and ideas.
The curriculum is based on the historical timeline from Ancient times through Modernity. The timelines are taught in each developmental stage building knowledge and understanding for each student in a meaningful way that is focused, again, on the cultivation of the human experience.
All of Temecula Preparatory School's curriculum meets or exceeds the California State Standards otherwise known as the Common Core State Standards. In addition to that, TPS teachers annually update their units to reflect any changes mandated at the state level. As a public school in the state of California, all of requirements are kept pursuant to state standards, the education code and law as it pertains to charter schools. Students matriculate through a rigorous college preparatory program.