Our Approach

Our summary of the Northern Schoolhouse goes something like this: An open-ended experience rooted in classical literature, nature, and the arts. 

The timeless “one-room schoolhouse” model provides a recipe for upholding the culture we value. Our approach, divided into Form and Study, highlights the following attributes:

Our Form

  • An open-ended experience (where learning is personalized to meet the needs of both advanced and progressing students; where we ensure all students are growing positively in a warm environment)
  • Mixed-ages (into upper and lower units)
  • Tech-free
  • Family emphasis (through Friday Faires, Summits, and reading groups)
  • Character Map and Paths of Attention (Knowledge, Genius, Heart)

Our Study (Academics, Arts, & Culture)

  • The four classical pillars: poetry, literature, logic, ethics
  • Living books and storytelling
  • Nature-based
  • Language focus (French, Chinese, Latin, Greek)
  • Arts and music
  • Rhetoric
  • Problem solving “Missions”


We study the following subjects during the daily morning lessons:

  • History through storytelling
  • Literature through high-level classics and poetry
  • Language and writing through time-tested practices (narration, dictation, recitation, copy work, composition, cursive, questioning and dialogue)
  • Arithmetic program tailored to each individual’s skill level, up through 8th grade
  • Science through the direct observation of nature

Arts & Culture

We include the following areas of study in the daily afternoon arts and culture program:

  • Dance
  • Music, including lyre training, composer study, and voice (folk, Italian opera, polyphony)
  • Art
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Latin & Greek primer (for upper students)

Please see our Parent Guide for more details on our curriculum and programs

Summer Camp