In addition to the core curriculum, Altus Academy offers special classes during the school day in an effort to promote intellectual curiosity across diverse learning interests.
Special classes include:
The purpose of Athletics is to provide students with a series of academically and physically challenging activities through which they can learn, practice and develop their moral character and physical knowledge and abilities in a healthy, pro-social environment. All students attend athletics classes four times a week.
Bicycle Repair and Maintenance:
The purpose of Bicycle Repair & Maintenance is to provide students with a historical, philosophical, and practical knowledge of bicycles, how to apply that knowledge toward bicycle maintenance and repair, and the development of an entrepreneurial spirit.
Chess Fundamentals and Chess Strategy:
Chess is taught to develop mathematical concepts and important thinking skills they can use their entire life. Chess improves cognitive skills including concentration, pattern recognition, decision making, algebraic and geometric thinking, problem-solving, spatial reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
Independent reading time is offered to students to allow them the opportunity to explore topics that they are interested to learn further. In addition to books of fiction, students read science, technology, art, and culture, to name a few themes.
During Mentorship, students participate in individual and small group academic tutoring, independent study, special activities, and special projects.
Integral Human Development:
The Integral Human Development class is at the heart of our “culture of character”. In this class, students learn and discuss the truth of objective Christian moral reality through the understanding and practice of human virtue in their daily lives. Students are called to practice and model the moral struggle within and beyond the Altus Academy community.
The purpose of Technology is to provide students with basic and advanced skills that will enable them to use technology as a tool to conduct research, communicate with others, express themselves in creative ways, and develop digital literacy.