We offer a rigorous, relevant curriculum based on a classical education approach and Socratic teaching methods. We communicate student progress frequently with parents and encourage an environment where our students can become independent thinkers and problem solvers. To learn more, visit our Elementary and Secondary Instructional Philosophy pages.


Elementary students adhere to the following Core Knowledge curriculum maps:

Middle School

We offer the following Core Knowledge courses for our middle school students:

6th Grade

  • Core Math
  • Core Language Arts
  • Core Social Studies
  • Core Science
  • Physical Education
  • Required Core Music

7th Grade

  • Physical Education
  • Appropriate Math Course
  • Core English 
  • Core History 
  • Core Science 
  • Required Core Music 
  • Latin I

8th Grade

  • Physical Education
  • Appropriate Math Course
  • Core English 
  • Core History 
  • Core Science 
  • Required Core Music 
  • Latin II

Music Electives

  • Piano Lab 
  • Guitar Lab

High School

High school students at Addenbrooke Classical Academy follow a common college preparatory course of study. This includes four years each of Humane Letters (history and literature, including civics and economics in the senior year), Spanish, laboratory science, and mathematics. Students also complete three years of rhetoric and composition and four years of music and physical education. To receive a diploma, a student must maintain a minimum overall grade-point average of C- (1.67).

9th Grade

  • Humane Letters–The Classical and Biblical World
  • German I, Latin III, Spanish I
  • Geometry (prerequisite: C- or above in Algebra I)
  • Ancient Literature/Composition I
  • Biology
  • Music
  • Physical Education

10th Grade

  • Humane Letters–Medieval and Modern Europe (to A.D. 1900)
  • German I or II, Latin III/IV, Spanish I or II (prerequisite in previous course: C- or above in previous course)
  • Algebra II (prerequisite: C- or above in Geometry)
  • British Literature/Composition II
  • Chemistry (prerequisite: C- or above in Biology)
  • Music 
  • Physical Education

11th Grade

  • American Studies (History and Literature–A.D. 1620 - present)
  • Latin III/IV, Spanish III
  • Pre-calculus (prerequisite: C- or above in Algebra II)
  • American Literature/Composition III
  • Physics (prerequisite: C- or above in Chemistry)
  • Music 
  • Elective

12th Grade

  • American Civics and Economics
  • Rhetoric/Composition IV
  • Upper Level Foreign Language
  • Statistics (prerequisite: C- or above in Pre-calculus)
  • Advanced Science Elective
  • Music
  • Elective

General Electives

  • Art History
  • Creative Writing
  • Great Authors - Shakespeare
  • Great Authors - T.S. Eliot, Rudyard Kipling
  • Great Authors - Melville
  • Guitar Lab
  • Industrial Technology
  • Mythology
  • Studio Art
  • Woodworking
  • Yearbook

Medium Constructed Response (MCR)

A medium constructed response is a five-paragraph essay written in response to a prompt.  Students are given a passage to read, annotate, analyze, and then are given a question to answer regarding the passage.

The September MCR is written during English class, the November during science, the January during history, and the March during English.  All students read the same passage but the middle school prompt is geared toward the logic stage of the trivium and the high school prompt toward the rhetoric stage.

MCR essays are scored by the secondary faculty using a six trait writing rubric and count as a test grade for the class in which they are written.

Dual Credit Program

Students in tenth through twelfth grades have the opportunity to take concurrent enrollment credit classes at Red Rocks Community College or Arapahoe Community College. Each student who wishes to enroll must take the Accuplacer placement test to assess his or her potential to succeed in specified classes as determined by passing certain objectives on each exam. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from both schools. ACA pays the cost of two classes each semester. Concurrent enrollment courses must be pre-approved by the Addenbrooke academic counselor.