During their Elementary School years, students develop educational skills and habits that will stay with them for life. It is also during this early period that their educational foundation in reading, writing and mathematics is made firm. Our Elementary School curriculum focuses on these basics, while immersing the student in the arts, physical and social sciences, foreign language and plenty of practical application to the real world.
In the Elementary School, students begin to choose electives, to conduct experiments in the science laboratory, and to begin studying independently through the use of “checksheets” – step-by-step instructions that precisely guide them through a subject of study — reading, writing, research and even practical activities. Teachers work closely with students in Form 3 (4th and half of 5th grade) to help them gain skills in setting targets, organizing, meeting deadlines and mastering study skills. By Form 4 (rest of 5th and all of 6th grade), students demonstrate greater independence and maturity as students, as they also begin to take on weightier material.
A strong foundation is laid in the Elementary School to prepare students for higher education. They learn increased responsibility for their studies, classmates and community. They learn to set goals and perhaps more importantly, how to organize themselves and apply the discipline required to meet their goals. Students also have the opportunity to study a musical instrument, learn Speech and Debate, enter writing contests, or play for the Delphi Dragons sports teams against other local, private schools.
The Delphi “Form” vs. Grade Levels
Delphi utilizes the concept of “Forms” rather than grade levels as a way of getting excellent results without forcing all students to move at exactly the same pace. We realize each student is an individual and needs to be addressed as such in his or her education. Thus every Delphi student has an individualized program, and may enroll in a Form at any time during the school year (space permitting). A student completes a Form upon accomplishing the requirements for graduation from that Form. With this system, excellence in a particular subject such as Math allows the student to move ahead and study the level appropriate to him or her as an individual. Similarly with Literature, or any other course of study, a student is never held back to the “norm” of the whole class. At Delphi Academy, each student can personally reap the full benefits of the curriculum and keep advancing as rapidly as he or she is maturing.
Elementary School comprises Form 3 and Form 4, corresponding roughly to 4th, 5th and 6th grade. It is generally entered around eight to nine years of age and is completed by age eleven or twelve.