Philosophy of Education

Our purpose is to develop in each student qualities of good character, leadership, scholarship, and service. Opportunities are provided for each student to learn to think critically and to make intelligent choices. Our school stresses the importance of principled behavior with emphasis on honor, integrity and personal responsibility.

We endeavor to prepare our students for all levels of education beyond secondary school so that each student will adapt to a rapidly changing world and make a worthwhile contribution to our democratic society. The Board of Directors, administration, faculty, and staff believe that our students should view their youth as a time of accomplishment in which they greatly expand their knowledge of themselves, our nation, and the world. We want our students to experience and cultivate an awareness of intellectual, physical, social and emotional development as important ingredients in the quality of life.

Our function is to challenge our students at all academic levels and to instill just, moral and democratic values. We believe our students need experiences in responsibility, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, creativity, leadership, decision making and communicative skills.

Since our student population encompasses many backgrounds, we utilize this diversity to broaden our students’ horizons and help them develop an understanding of others. We also host selected foreign students who help enrich the cultural diversity of the Academy.


Educational Objectives

Amelia Academy’s purpose is to instill basic skills — both academic and personal — in young people so that they may become leading citizens in our American society. Amelia Academy, through its Board of Directors and administration, has developed measurable standards that meet or exceed accreditation requirements of the Virginia Independent School Association. To accomplish this, challenging goals have been established. The efforts of our board, administration, teachers, and parents are united in the fulfillment of these objectives:

To instill effective communication skills. Students are provided the skills to pursue in-depth reading of materials and develop responses in written and spoken expression. Small classes afford all students many opportunities to engage in classroom discussion. As a result, students develop confidence in critical thinking and analysis, abilities that serve them well in all of their academic pursuits.

To understand mathematical, scientific and social studies concepts. Each student develops an understanding of mathematical concepts and computations (including computers), knowledge and appreciation of science as it influences lives, and a grasp of the significance of social forces in past civilizations. Required study of economics and business law, as well as a course offering in Constitution, will prepare students to become informed citizens.

To use measurement programs to individualize instruction. The progress of each student is ascertained by measuring instruments, both standard and local. Test results are used for diagnosis to help teachers individualize their instruction.

To identify and expand opportunities for gifted and talented students. Students who have indicated exceptional abilities are placed into higher learning programs and classes.

To benefit from counseling for college preparation and personal growth. Qualified guidance personnel are available to all students. College choice and job selection, as well as personal counseling, are a part of each student’s school experience.

To capitalize on disruption-free learning and effective discipline. Each student is assured the right to study free from disruption and is taught the responsibility of being a positive influence and supporting school policies.

Learn from qualified personnel. Teachers are members of a professional learning community that requires ongoing professional development.