Elementary School (K-5)

In the lower school years, students possess an innate curiosity and a remarkable capacity for memorization and repetition. It’s a crucial phase that lays the groundwork for their future academic pursuits. At Optima Classical Academy, we recognize the transformative potential of this developmental stage and craft an educational experience that harnesses these traits to build a solid foundation for future growth. 

In line with our commitment to fostering well-rounded individuals, OCA’s lower school curriculum revolves around introducing students to the wonders of excellent literature. Whether they’re reading independently, being read to by their teachers, or mastering the art of recitation with clarity and precision, each interaction with literary works opens a gateway to imagination and knowledge. This exposure not only nurtures a love for reading but also paves the way for an appreciation of historical organization and the events that have shaped our world. By delving into captivating narratives and understanding the order of historical occurrences, students establish a framework that propels them toward a deeper understanding of history as they progress through their academic journey. 

Our lower school program extends beyond literature to encompass a holistic educational experience. Students delve into the memorization of foundational information, delve into western and global geography, cultivate a sense of numerical understanding, and construct a structured comprehension of the sequence of western history. These early years are pivotal in shaping a solid academic foundation for students. The OCA curriculum, designed to be appropriate, challenging, and engaging, not only sparks and fuels their curiosity but also fosters a resilient drive for comprehending the intricacies of the world around them. By embracing this holistic approach, we equip our students with the tools they need to embark on a lifelong journey of intellectual exploration and personal growth.