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Classical Education

Why does Fortis place so much emphasis on classical education?

The answer is simple: proven success.

Classical Education—an Overview

The classical method, a time-honored, proven approach to education, has inspired independent thinkers and launched influential leaders for hundreds of years. It’s based on academic inquiry, and has its origins in ancient Greece and Rome. Classical education has, of course, evolved over time, but intellectual curiosity is still at its core.

A classical education is based on great ideas, great books (including primary sources when possible), foundational truths and principles, and enduring traditions and skills. It holds to long-established standards.

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Academics and Curriculum

Academic rigor is a cornerstone of classical education. Our curriculum is rooted in a proven educational model based on the trivium—the lower division of the seven liberal arts, comprising grammar, logic, and rhetoric. These core subjects have been identified as idealizing the structure by which children learn any and all subsequent subjects.

Education for Life

Classical education places a high value on problem solving and written and oral communication, and by the time our students reach high school they are well-versed enough to participate in any conversation and join any debate. Their leadership training prepares them to pursue any career and excel in life.

Today’s classical education is a reformation that perfectly blends old and new. Fortis Academy is aimed at presenting Billings’ parents with the best possible education for their children.

What the Research Says

You may be wondering how the classical approach compares to other education methods. Classical education has been popular in the United States for more than a century. However, research on the method is relatively scarce. This could be because there is little emphasis on standardized testing. Still, there are several studies that show its advantages.

Studies Show

  • Test scores of classically educated students in grades 4 through 8 compared to non-classically educated students, including those in private schools like Fortis Academy, are higher by large margins, especially in reading and vocabulary.
  • The teaching of Latin, which begins in the third grade, has a significant, positive impact on student achievement in reading and vocabulary—especially for students with dyslexia. Because Greek and Latin account for roughly 75 percent of words utilized in the English language, students learn to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into their Greek and Latin roots–a valuable skill for dyslexic learners.
  • Classically educated students consistently scored higher on the SAT than non-classically educated students, especially in reading and writing.
  • Students who have a classical education have a college acceptance rate of nearly 100 percent. Due to the academic rigor of classical education they are also more likely to finish college sooner than their peers.

Is the Classical Education Curriculum Taught at Fortis Right for Your Child?

If you have questions about classical education, or how classical education is taught at Fortis, please feel free to get in touch. We’ll look forward to answering any questions you might have, and would love the opportunity to offer your family a tour of our facilities.

Students from all backgrounds thrive in the classical education model, and Fortis is proud to be the only private school in Billings, Montana offering a classical education to our charges.