My name is Jennifer Morrow, and as your Principal, I welcome you to our school. Classical Academy Middle School is a dynamic, tuition-free public charter school serving grades 7 and 8. Classical Academy Middle School a California Distinguished School and is passionate about providing the best education possible for students to become successful thinkers, communicators, and achievers. Our mission is to partner with parents to create self-directed, passionate learners equipped with the skills and strategies to think, communicate, and achieve in middle school, high school, and beyond. We offer a nurturing environment with a commitment to high academic standards and strong moral character. Classical Academy Middle School (CAMS) uniquely blends the best of the traditional classroom experience and independent study.
With blended learning and elective options available, CAMS inspires students with a challenging, supportive, and motivating program that allows them to grow and thrive!
We offer two distinct programs at the middle school, Summit Learning and M Track. Both programs offer classes on campus Tuesday through Thursday, providing content-rich learning options for students focused on positive character development. On Monday and Friday, students complete work independently at home with their parent educator.
CAMS' M Track and Summit Learning programs cover all core classes, including math, science, English, and history. Elective courses and activities include art, coding, 3D printing, engineering, drawing, newspaper, yearbook, Garageband, and more.
Classical Academy Middle School (CAMS) provides 7th and 8th grade students a well-rounded middle school experience. Our program uniquely blends classroom instruction with credentialed teachers and independent study overseen by a parent educator.
CAMS partners with parents to provide a blended learning environment that allows students to maximize potential by offering academic and co-curricular choices, fostering creativity, and developing self-directed, lifelong learners. With blended learning and elective options available, Classical Academy Middle School inspires students with a challenging, supportive, and motivating program that allows them to grow and thrive!
Students are encouraged to pursue academic excellence through mastery of foundational content and skills as they become exceptional and confident thinkers, communicators, and achievers.
We offer two distinct programs, Summit Learning and M Track. Both programs offer classes on campus Tuesday through Thursday, providing content-rich learning options for students and focusing on positive character development. Students complete work at home with their parent educator on Monday and Friday.
M Track and Summit Learning cover all core classes, including math, science, English, and history. Additional elective courses and activities include art, coding, 3D printing, engineering, drawing, newspaper, yearbook, Garageband, and more.
Classical Academy Middle School partners with parents to create self-directed, passionate learners who can think, communicate and achieve.
M Track Program
Students attend school Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. During the school day, students take all core subjects, including math, science, English, writing, and history, with a credentialed teacher specializing in middle school instruction. Traditional lunch and breaks are given. Curriculum and instruction are accessed through Schoology, using online e-textbooks and physical textbooks.
CAMS teachers are passionate about using hands-on activities, collaborative learning, and real-world applications in daily lessons. Courses are rich in technology instruction, and all classrooms offer access to devices in daily activities. On Monday and Friday, students complete assignments in all subjects at home with the support and instruction provided by the homeschooling parent.
Summit Learning Program
The Summit Learning program helps students become self-directed learners with a strong academic foundation. Students attend school Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. During the school day, students take all core subjects, including English, history, science, and math, with a credentialed teacher specializing in middle school instruction. On Monday and Friday, students complete assignments in all subjects at home with the support and education provided by the homeschooling parent.
As a Summit Learning partner, we use a comprehensive curriculum created by Summit Learning's Curriculum & Assessment team and modified by Classical Academy teachers. Courses are aligned to Common Core State Standards and other standards relevant to specific disciplines.
There are three unique elements to the Summit Learning Program at CAMS: self-directed learning time, project time, and mentorship.
Self-Directed Learning Time – Students must demonstrate competency in standards-aligned content across all core subject areas. Students can choose how they learn to discover how they know best. Students learn by utilizing a combination of online resources called playlists created by the Summit teachers, small group collaboration, and instruction provided by the homeschooling parent.
Project Time – During Project Time, students are engaged in project-based learning experiences facilitated by Summit teachers. These more profound learning activities ask students to think critically, collaborate, apply learning content, and develop critical cognitive skills.
Mentorship – Students are given teacher mentors to create the connection and motivation and provide the support students require for success. Teacher mentors, students, and parents work together to establish both short and long-term goals that can stretch beyond their time at CAMS. Students also engage in meaningful discussions with their mentor group, focusing on goal setting, character development, and self-advocacy.
Associated Student Body (ASB) ASB is open to 7th and 8th-grade students at Classical Academy Middle School. Students grow their leadership skills through mentorship and service while electing their own officers, planning and directing school events, and managing fundraisers and community service projects. There are many opportunities for students to identify an area of interest and serve on a corresponding committee that allows them to pursue their passion. ASB supports the students, families, and the Classical Academy Middle School community through its service. Interested students are welcome to apply, interview, and provide references for consideration. ASB meets after school most Thursdays from 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm.
Field Trips Students attending Classical Academy Middle School have the opportunity to take enriching, educational, overnight class trips to Catalina Island and the East Coast. While attending CAMS, students also have the opportunity to participate in all-school field trips throughout the year. Past trips have included: Medieval Times, The Museum of Tolerance, California Science Center, and Riley's Farm.
Sports Classical Academy Middle School has an after-school sports program for 7th and 8th-grade students. Sports change about every eight weeks depending on student interest and parent-volunteer coaches. Practice and games are held weekly, including volleyball, flag football, soccer, basketball, cross-country, track, and field. Sporting teams compete with other schools in the Escondido Small School's League.
Campus Fun Throughout the year, students will enjoy spirit days, school-wide positive culture campaigns, a school dance, CAMS in the Community, Scholastic Book Fair, Science Fair, History Fair, food drives, holiday door decorating, community service projects, Cohort Competition, and more!
Dance Team CAMS offers dance team once a week where students will explore various dance styles while making new friendships and learning new skills. Students will develop a lifelong appreciation for the art of dance as well as become more physically fit, increase muscle memory, gain strength, improve stamina, and increase flexibility while developing meaningful relationships.
Musical Theater Musical theater plays an essential role in a well-rounded education. Integrating voice, acting, and dance, the performing arts programs offer a creative and experiential approach for students to think, communicate and achieve while engaging and enriching the broader community. Classical Academy Middle Schools offers students the opportunity to participate in two productions a year: a fall "Best of Broadway" showcase and a full musical theater production in the spring. Past spring performances have included Aladdin, Lion King, Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan.
The Classical Academy Department of Special Education's mission is to ensure that children with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). We work with families, students, teachers, and other professionals to promote student success through individualized learning and support. The Classical Academy is committed to serving the needs of all students. Our schools believe that the Least Restrictive Environment begins in the general education classroom/setting for all students, and supplemental aids and services are added to students' education settings according to their individual needs. Students with learning or behavioral disabilities are provided a comprehensive range of services as specified in students' Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). The Classical Academy, Special Education program includes various services for eligible students under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Classical Academy believes in a team approach: student, parent, general education teacher, special education teacher, and any instrumental team member.
Teachers meet with students and parents four times per year. Teachers collect reading logs, review student work, answer questions, and discuss student progress at these conferences. Teachers support parents with communication and collaboration as partners in the educational process. Conferences are a time to review objectives, ask questions, and ensure students are on track with their learning.