Courses (Grades 5-12)
We have a fully equipped science lab and offer Regents-level courses, as well as select Advanced Placement courses. As a private school, we also have the flexibility to put together programs that engage our student’s imaginations, such as our “Machines” course where middle school students learn to build everything from potato cannons to water-powered levers. Our Friday Enrichment program complements our science program in particular by offering hands-on experiences that illustrate what has been taught in the classroom.
ACL is a non-denominational Christian school that teaches basic Bible principles, stressing the importance of living what you profess. We regard the Bible alone to be the infallible Word of God that not only shows the path to salvation, but also guides us in practical truths that promote a fulfilling Christian life.
Our English and History courses match up to complement one another. For example, American Literature is taken concurrently with American History. We also use the Omnibus curriculum, which combines History, Literature and Bible, and all material is taught through a biblical worldview. College-level writing skills and the ability to express well-reasoned arguments are an important part of the program.
Students begin studying Latin and Greek roots in the 6th grade and Latin and Hebrew in 7th grade. Latin, Spanish, and New Testament Greek are offered at the high school level based on demand; many of our students fulfill their high school language requirement in Latin by 9th or 10th grade.
We believe that younger students need a firm foundation in the basics to grasp more difficult concepts later; hence we use Singapore math in the early grades. High school math currently goes through Pre-Calculus.
We opened a separate art studio in September 2006 to house our expanding art program which includes Studio Art, Graphic Design, Painting, Drawing, Digital Photography, and Art History. Students who insist they "can't draw" soon discover their gifts under the guidance of our talented and caring faculty. We also offer piano, guitar and violin lessons, and students may sing in the choir.