The Sentinel Experience
The student experience at Golden View Classical Academy is unique among schools.
We pair rigorous academics — set in a disciplined, traditional setting — with a high noble purpose; education that is virtue-oriented rather than skills-oriented. This approach develops within our students the ability to understand the highest matters, the deepest questions of truth.
Students learn how to think, rather than what to think.
The Sentinel Creed.
We are the Sentinels
We study the world to know it better,
To thrive in our lives and build our future.
We preserve the past as the best guide for living today.
It is the source of our strength, our virtue, and our longing
It gives us the courage to act but the moderation not to when prudence tells us otherwise;
The disposition to be just in our deeds and responsible for our choices.
The desire to nurture deep friendships as life’s true riches;
And the thirst to live a life of wonder as an inheritance we are honor-bound to protect.
And all of this with relish, to do what is just, love what is beautiful, and seek what is good for ourselves, our friends, and our fellows.
I am a Sentinel.
Our Way of Life
At Golden View Classical Academy we practice the art of teaching, which respects the intellectual environment while cultivating curiosity in our students. Curiosity drives people to know and understand more, to strive and seek to grow. Our virtue-oriented culture gives our students the rich knowledge they need along with principles of moral character and civic virtue. Our traditional classroom ethos embraces an intentionally low-tech environment in order to cut out the distractions of smartphones and other attention-sapping devices, allowing our students to better-focus on what is being taught.
Too many schools have lost sight of the higher possibilities inherent in education, focusing primarily on college and career readiness, as if those are the only two things that matter. We want to prepare our students to go on to live meaningful, fulfilling, productive, happy lives, and for that a certain moral and intellection formation is vital.
The House System
Our House System splits the Upper School (grades 7-12) into six Houses, each of which contains students from all Upper School grades. The purpose of the Houses is to provide for a widely dispersed student government, with leadership and ambassadorship opportunities for those who seek them out. With their Houses, students plan and execute school events, foster mentoring relationships between various grades, and develop unique traditions. Each House is named after a famous Roman from the republican era: Lucius Junius Brutus, Publius Valerius Publicola, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, Marcus Furius Camillus, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, and Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Houses compete for points in three Sentinel Games throughout the year and in the Campus Martius at the end of the year. Students also earn points for academic and character awards throughout the year.
When students graduate, they will have had up to seven years of planning and executive experience. If and when they choose to attend college, they will have the practical knowledge of how to begin clubs and associations, which is one of the core features of strong citizenship. The House System, then, is an education in civics because of the habits it encourages and forms.
Along with core subjects, Grammar School students learn and engage in Music, Art, and Physical Education.
A well-developed taste for art and music is powerful sustenance for a culture’s sense of nobility and beauty. Art and Music develop students’ aesthetic habits and tastes, as well as their appreciation of beauty, order, harmony, and unity. This requires patience, which is a kind of moderation, as well as wonder. It also means that hands-on art and music performance are joined to appreciation, history, technique, and theory, in ways appropriate to children. In a surprising way, these subjects secure the foundations of morality in order and beauty.
Likewise, Physical Education not only encourages real fitness and health, it provides the occasion for teamwork and all that goes with it, which means justice in following rules and contributing as a member to something other than oneself, courage to push hard, moderation to take turns, and friendship in competition and play.
Students at Golden View Classical Academy are able to participate in numerous clubs and athletics. These enrich individual student lives by fostering friendship, competition, and confidence, and by providing opportunities to explore interests in a way that the typical school day cannot satisfy. We highly encourage students to take advantage of these clubs and teams as opportunities to mature as young men and women. At the same time, we do not pressure students to participate in everything or even most things, as doing so spreads students thin. Our goal is to encourage those traits of character and those talents that enrich lives and promote moral virtue.
Clubs offer students a leisurely way to pursue their interests, deepen their understanding of our curriculum, and hone their practice of our core virtues.
Students in athletics are eligible to win the Athlete of the Quarter award, which recognizes not only athletic prowess but the attributes of character that sport develops and requires, including courage, justice, and friendship.