IHA was founded to develop students in both mind and character. The school’s virtues are the guiding principles used to cultivate and nurture character: fortitude, prudence, perseverance, truthful, and gracious. Students are expected to conduct themselves honorably in word and deed, to strive to live by the virtues and to encourage others to do so as well. Virtue and character development are not separated at IHA. When combined, they are holistically integrated within our total program. A successful program is virtuous and cultivates virtue.
Our nation’s Founders emphasized the early mastery of literacy as the key to knowledge in all areas. They also understood that each academic subject constitutes a specific part of the pursuit of knowledge of the world and man’s place in it. IHA’s academic program is based on this traditional, American liberal arts model because we, along with many people in our community, agree with our Founders that the liberty and happiness of our students and our nation depend on this kind of education.
Unique to IHA's approach is the combination of the American liberal arts tradition with cutting-edge researched-based programs, each of which involves a content-rich, organized, and sequential continuum of learning. Our curriculum begins with the rudiments of literacy and math skills and continues in a coherent and orderly fashion to the higher orders of knowledge, logic, thought and expression. In addition, during the time at IHA all students will experience diversity of coursework including fine arts & craftsmanship, civics & public speaking, community services, and nature studies.
A charter school is a free, non-selective public school that operates under a charter (contract) with its authorizer (in IHA's case, Colorado Springs District 11). A charter school has more flexibility regarding its mission and corresponding curriculum than a traditional public school, but it is subject to all accreditation requirements.
IHA is a school that delights in the rich content discovered in the immersion of Western Civilization study, but uniquely finds its identity in the philosophical tenets of our Nation’s founders, which has produced more freedom, prosperity, opportunity and happiness than the world has ever known. IHA will produce self-governing citizens who continue to carry out the vision of our Nation’s founders to preserve and perpetuate Liberty.
At Independence Hall Academy we are committed to providing a balanced, integrated approach which harmonizes the best of educational theory and practice from the classical world to the 21st century. What sets IHA apart is we combine the best of the Classical tradition and Contemporary educational practice.
It is the desire of IHA to see all children thrive as educated citizens who make an invaluable contribution today and are compelled to give back to our community tomorrow. This goal has fueled our motivation to bring a great new school choice to our community. Nothing brings us more joy than to see children take pride in personal accomplishment and present themselves with confidence and integrity.
A traditional American education from IHA will teach that human beings are thinking creatures. We want to know what the things around us are and how they operate. We want to know who we are, where we come from, and what is expected of us. In short, we want to know the truth.
If we aspire to follow the Nation’s Founders, then we must study the classics as they did. We must also study the Nation’s Founders themselves: the actions they took and texts they wrote in the midst of the challenges of their day. Studying the manner in which they won their freedom and built an exceptional nation out of nothing, against the most powerful nation of their time, can help us today as we encounter modern threats to liberty. We inherited this incredible gift of liberty, and we have a great responsibility to educate our students and prepare them to carry on this responsibility.
As we study the Nation’s Founders, we can promote a uniquely American character with a “can-do” attitude. Through studying these character traits and virtues, our students will come to understand the importance of their responsibilities and actions. We as educators can use this knowledge to help solidify how to be good citizens and teach that our actions in liberty, as insignificant as they may seem, do in fact make a real difference!
We have seen a difference in the lives of some of our students already from teaching about our Nation’s Founders and true events in history. Our students are hungry for knowledge, and they are having real conversations with their parents and other adults outside of school. Parents are learning with their children and it is changing families.
When education is immersed in the lives of the Nation’s Founders, we develop the necessary courage, perseverance, and moral authority to face threats to our liberty! Our Nation’s Founders were exceedingly brave. They promoted ideas that have the power to change the world and doing so added to their own struggles. Our Nation’s Founders were not only interested in a good education for our citizens but they were also interested in ensuring a more perfect union, securing blessings of liberty, establishing justice, insuring domestic tranquility and providing for the common defense
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