From John Lynch, Head of School:
I welcome you to The Academy, which has provided students with a rigorous, classical education in a nurturing environment since 1969. I have experienced The Academy from the perspective of a parent because my two children (now adults) attended The Academy from kindergarten through eighth grade. I can attest to the fact that The Academy offers something unique. This is in part because the teachers at The Academy have the courage to demand excellence of their students, and the determination to ensure that they achieve it. Our students become insatiable and joyful learners who are sought after by the most competitive high schools.
In our vibrant classrooms, our teachers use the Socratic, or Constructivist, approach. Our teachers employ an interplay of questions-hypothesis-answer-refinement-explanation that is a crucial element of learning. It asks that teachers listen carefully to each answer, question again and make certain the answers are supported by evidence and logic. Each student constructs knowledge based on experience, evidence, and the input of other students. This method allows students to develop a sense of ownership in their knowledge and beliefs, and gain confidence in their abilities to solve problems of ever increasing complexity. The Socratic method is uniquely effective at The Academy because we have dedicated and experienced teachers and small classes, giving students many opportunities to refine and express their ideas.
The Academy’s foundation of high expectations is supported by a nurturing and warm community environment. True friendships are built across multiple grades and our students learn how to listen, cooperate and stand firmly on their own beliefs. Laughter and the sounds of happy and engaged students fill our classrooms, halls and playground.
ABOUT JOHN LYNCH
John Lynch has been a part of The Academy community for 20 years first as a parent, then a faculty member and administrator. John received his B.A. in English Literature from Yale University, and his M.A. (with Distinction) in English Language, Literature, and Research from the University of Virginia. He has been a Visiting Scholar at University of Oxford and began his teaching career over thirty years ago at the University of Virginia.