Hillsdale Academy is an independent, classical K-12 day school located at One Academy Lane on the campus of Hillsdale College. A rigorous course of study is combined with the strong conviction that the biblical and classical virtues are necessary in the formation of the American citizen. Indeed, the school was established out of the conviction that modern American education was in need of profound reform.
In the Lower School (K-8), students are taught math, reading, writing, history, geography, science, music and art through traditional instruction. Phonics and a traditional approach to math, including memorization, are among the methods utilized in the Academy classroom. French is required of all students in grades 1–6. Small class sizes ensure personal instruction as well as a “one room schoolhouse” atmosphere.
Upper School students are asked to complete four years of Latin, math, science, literature and history. Two years of art and music are also required. In grades 7-12, French is offered as an elective. Students in good standing may take courses at Hillsdale College in their junior and senior years. Athletics and other extracurricular activities provide further opportunities for the development of skills as well as opportunities to have fun and build a sense of community.
The school’s stellar performance on standardized tests and in alumni matriculation at excellent colleges and universities gives good evidence that the Hillsdale Model will continue to play an important role in American education.