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High School Curriculum

The Iron Academy High School curriculum thoroughly establishes its students for a lifetime of superior thinking skills.  IA has designed its curriculum to draw upon the best of our core curriculum and one of the greatest attributes of homeschooling—teaching core knowledge to the point of mastery.

The IA core curriculum (please do not confuse this with Common Core–no relation) has been carefully assembled with feedback from honors-program college admissions counselors to build strong thinkers and exceptionally knowledgeable graduates.  Core classes are constructed using our trademarked Targeting Learning methodology which has proven astoundingly effective at building higher-order critical thinking skills.  Core classes focus every unit of every class upon the systematic development of globally demanded higher-order critical thinking skills—the abilities to synthesize tremendous amounts of information, to create, to innovate, and to evaluate.   For each new domain of knowledge—a unit of material new to the brain—Iron Academy teachers skillfully lead students through the four levels of thinking, each level building upon the previous…exactly as the brain has been proven to learn in recent years.  Targeted Learning is the only educational philosophy and methodology that precisely matches what science has demonstrated about God’s design for the brain.  The four levels, in order, are knowledge building; sorting, organizing, and classifying; elaborating; and synthesizing, innovating, evaluating, and creating.

Though teaching to mastery has always been problematic in the classroom setting, it is highly desirable.  How do you incorporate teaching to mastery in the classroom?  You do not unless you are willing to sacrifice the full development of most students for the good of other students and the tremendous benefit of corporate discussion of the great questions of the Bible, history, literature, math, science, religion and the arts.

In brief, the Iron Academy curriculum maximizes the potential of every student, assures an extremely knowledgeable graduate who has continually been trained in the higher-order critical thinking skills, and who has shown mastery of the essentials of a western education.