Augustine Classical Academy Relocates

Augustine Classical Academy Relocates
by Amber Myers

Last Tuesday was not only the first day of the school year for Augustine Classical Academy students and faculty, it also marked their first day of classes in their new location. Augustine Classical Academy is now located at the United Methodist Church on North Main Street in Mechanicville. The move, according to Headmaster Matt Hopkins, was prompted by a lack of option for lease renewal at their previous location. The move may not have been far, but the Academy was left “homeless” for about 2 weeks, before they found their new home, according to Hopkins.

Augustine Classical Academy spent the 2011-2012 school year at the All Saints on the Hudson Parish Hall.

The academy was previously located at the former Assumption-St. Paul Parish Hall, now known as All Saints on the Hudson, on William Street. The academy opened its doors in Mechanicville for the first time in 2010, when their growing student body forced them to find a larger space.

The second move, since the school opened its doors in 2009, comes with mixed reviews from the student body and faculty. Hopkins says the students are unhappy because the small rooms are quite hot at the moment, but the heat will soon subside as cool autumn air rolls in. Hopkins believes that the beauty of the building makes up for the temporary lack of comfort. The students and faculty are, in fact, enjoying how beautiful the new space is. The beauty of the woodwork throughout the building and the sanctuary is a nice change for them, as they were previously located in “soulless cement blocks,” according to Hopkins. He says that the new location is “gorgeous and full of soul”.

The number of students attending the academy continues to grow. The academy currently has 54 students enrolled, up from 37 last year. None of those students are from Mechanicville. According to Hopkins the students come from almost all of the neighboring districts including Stillwater, Schuylerville, Saratoga and Ballston Spa. The lack of knowledge of the academy in Mechanicville could be the reason why.

The Academy does not believe in the modern approach to education. Instead, they use a classical method called “The Trivium.” According to the academy’s website “The Trivium is  centuries old, three-stage educational method which conducts a student through his course of learning in a way which correlates systematically with his natural developmental stages.” This approach excludes modern English classes, instead incorporating writing skills throughout all of their classes. Hopkins feels that this method of teaching creates more confident and eloquent writers.

To learn more about the Augustine Classical Academy please visit their website, http://augustineca.org/Welcome.html

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