Two weeks ago we watched several of our senior students graduate from Kimber Academy. It was so exciting! I think many people do now know what it takes to graduate from this special private school. So here is a quick overview.
In order to graduate from Kimber Academy, there are a couple of requirements.
Our standards are high because we want our students, your children, to be prepared for whatever choices they make in their future regarding their education, whether it be formal education or alternative.
There are two things that are required from the student:
1) they have to pass our diagnostic test in 22 subject areas
2) they have to do a 4,000 fact history thesis.
Three times a year, our students take a test. It is a different test each time. These tests show us not only how they are improving but also areas where they need extra help. We do not teach to the test, it is purely a diagnostic test. This better shows us, and you as their parent, where your child’s strengths and weaknesses lay and how we can help them strengthen their weaknesses.
When a student reaches the approved score on the test, that requirement is fulfilled.
There are five major subjects: Writing, Social Studies, Science, Literature & Arts, and Math. Within these major subjects, we break down the scores, to give
you a score in the sub-categories, as well. For example, in the Math category, there are five sub-categories. They are: Measure, Algebra, Geometry, Numeration, and Data Analysis. The
student will get a score in each of these sub-categories to help us assess their understanding.
The second requirement that they need to do is a 4,000 fact history thesis. At Kimber Academy, we learn history with hook dates. Each important event or person is tied to a date (or
hook date). Forty hook dates are required to have 100 facts that happened within that time frame, totaling 4,000 facts. After the facts are memorized for each hook date they get to write
those facts in story form. When all 40 hook dates are memorized and written in story form they are ready to turn in their thesis.
When they have passed their test and turned in their thesis, the student is eligible for graduation.
This is a major accomplishment for them and they are very proud of their work.