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Liberal Arts Academy

Learning without thought is a labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
                                                                    -- Confucius

Welcome to the Liberal Arts Academy.

Throughout history as civilizations have flourished each has left an imprint of its culture through language, literature, music, art, history, science, and academic accomplishment.  The study of these disciplines was soon adopted by each subsequent civilization.  In ancient Greece, Cleisthenes allowed for public involvement in politics.  When founding democracy, Cleisthenes saw that with a politically active populace there was a need for a public education system based on the humanities.  In the 400’s AD, the Romans developed a professional education system based on the Seven Liberal Arts:  grammar, dialect, rhetoric, geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, and music.  These studies were infused into daily society in order to create a well rounded populace.  Today at Hardin Valley Academy, we see the value in all of these disciplines and the worth they possess in shaping young people’s lives.  A truly well-rounded education empowers young people to make productive life choices. 

In order to create a curriculum based on the liberal arts, a myriad of disciplines were brought together.  Students are challenged with rigorous standards and extremely high expectations. Students are encouraged to seek out endorsements in the liberal arts by completing hands-on experiences in their particular field of interest.  To qualify for an endorsement students must meet challenging standards throughout their high school careers. 

Endorsement areas include Humanities, Language Arts, World Languages, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Pre-Teaching, and Career Readiness. 

LA Academy Announcements
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Be Ready for 2013-2014! Summer Read 2013
Divergent by Veronica Roth. Published by Harper Collins, 2011 ISBN: 9780062024022


Summary of Our Summer Read
Official Book Summary:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Alternate Summer Read
 If for any reason you find Divergent to be an inappropriate book for your child, there is an alternate assignment available. Please contact me at sharon.cate@knoxschools.org and I will gladly forward you the information about our alternate read.
THE ACADEMY
+ Anderson, Donna
+ Brashear, Hope
+ Calderon-Speed, Veronica
+ Cate, Sharon
+ Combs, David
+ Dodgen, Brianne
+ Driskill, Jenny
+ Graham, Anna - School Counselor
+ Hodak, Carleen
+ Howe, Beth
+ Jones, Peggy
+ Jones, Wes
+ Knapp, Michael
+ Melgaard, Peggy
+ O’Connor, Rachel
+ Parham, Andrew
+ Pierce, Rebecca
+ Scoggins, Teresa
+ Shim, Young
+ Warren, Robert
+ Wash, Amanda
+ Wright, Robert
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