Abington Christian Academy has Open House

CHINCHILLA, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE.WYOU) - At the Abington Christian Academy for pre-school kids to 12th grade students, educators are helping learners understand and retain information with songs.

At the school's open house Friday, parents had the chance to learn more about what their children are learning with the Classical education model.

Educators divide learning into three phases - starting with the "Grammar" stage.

"Students from three years old to the 6th grade love to sing and chant. We are teaching them all of the subjects, but we are teaching them through a hands-on, singing education," said Jan Wells, the school's administrator.

Seventh and 8th graders move on to the "Dialectic" stage, where the curriculum focuses on challenging their inquisitive nature.

Elizabeth Treat is at the high school level - also known as the "Rhetoric" stage.

Here, the school begins helping students find out what they want to do in life through opportunities like job shadowing and college tours.

"I'm an artist, and with that I've been given the opportunity to volunteer at the Abington Art Studio," said Treat.

This is a big year for the school as it celebrates not only its 28th year, but its new location inside the United Methodist Church of Chinchilla.

The academy is expanding, as more parents like Erica Ledwith seek out alternative learning approaches for their children.

"My two nephews went to a traditional school and they transferred over to a classical school and they blossomed in it," said Ledwith.


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