Friday, April 25, 2008

Andrew Pudewa on Thursday, May 1

Dear Friends -

Hot off the press, here are the details for our evening with Andrew Pudewa, coming up Thursday, May 1st.

Andrew is a gifted, entertaining and enlightening speaker - well worth the effort of getting out that door. Please join us for a wonderful evening and a bit of dessert at 7:00 p.m. on our campus, 165 Grand Avenue, SLO (the old Pacheco school).

"Mastery Learning, Ability Development, and the Trivium"

What is "mastery learning" and how does it relate to classical education?
Andrew Pudewa, director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and
graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, will
explain the methods, goals, and benefits of the ability development model as
developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, and applications to disciplines other than
music, along with potential obstacles to successful implementation. Come
and hear how, as Dr. Suzuki puts it, "Every child can learn."
Hope to see you there, and have a great weekend!

Listen to other Andrew Pudewa lectures here.

What Coby Jackson & Laura Skiff like about SLO Classical Academy

Monday, April 14, 2008

what Sandra Ronda likes about SLO Classical Academy

Here's another great parent sharing what they like about SLO Classical Academy . . .

Friday, April 11, 2008

what Amy Callarman likes about SLO Classical Academy

We caught some great parent testimonies on video today at the walkathon. Many thanks to all the parents who went for it today.

It will take a while to edit and youtube them all, but as we do, we'll post them here first and then eventually on the website.

Here's the first from Amy Callarman, a relatively new mom to the SLO Classical Academy community, but undeniably excited to be here . . .

add your pics

Our 2008 Walkathon was so much fun today. Already folks are adding their photos from the site. Here's the slideshow for you viewing enjoyment. As more photos are added to the 2008 Walkathon set, the slideshow will automatically update.

Academy families, email the webmaster for the username and password to the flickr site if you're ready to upload your photos. We'd love to see them.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Did you see this article in the March 14, San Luis Obispo Tribune? Its a complicated mess, with no easy fix.

This crisis highlights the need for a free market approach to education and the exploration of school vouchers. Wouldn't it be nice and helpful to be able to direct the tax dollars you pay to the school of your choice. . . like SLO Classical Academy? Sadly, it probably won't happen anytime soon.

Governor's Study Says California School System Flawed

SACRAMENTO (AP) ― California's public schools are fundamentally flawed and need deep changes—as well as more money—to properly serve the state's 6.3 million students, according to a report released Friday by a panel advising Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The report comes as the state is struggling with a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall and as schools are issuing thousands of layoff notices to teachers to cope with the $4.3 billion education cut Schwarzenegger proposed in next year's budget. Appearing at a news conference in Santa Monica on Friday to announce the long-delayed report, the governor agreed that education needs more money but said any increase would have to wait until the budget was back in balance. "Everyone in this room knows that education, like other state programs, is going to face severe cuts this year," Schwarzenegger said. He later added, "I realize that providing a first-rate education system means having adequate resources." Schwarzenegger had intended the report to begin a yearlong focus on reforming California's K-12 system, which he says is failing the state's students. But his efforts have been derailed by his inability to achieve the health reform goals he set last year, as well as the swelling budget shortfall. Among the high-priced recommendations in the report are universal preschool, full-day kindergarten and more funding to help poor students and those who are still trying to learn English. Half the state's public school students are either poor or struggling with English or both. The report says the state education bureaucracy should be more efficient and accountable, and that schools should have more autonomy. Teachers should get better training and their pay should be linked to their students' performance. And the state should create a statewide data system to track how well students are learning. Michael Kirst, an education professor at Stanford University who was not part of the governor's panel, said the report was thorough and filled with innovative ideas. He said state leaders should keep it handy for when the economy rebounds and declining K-12 enrollments are expected to make more money available for education. "It should be the first place the public should go to understand what is wrong and how to improve the system," Kirst wrote in a critique of the report. "It is clear, compelling and specific. But it advocates coherent, comprehensive state legislation in a year of large deficits and leftover legislative priorities from 2007." Saturday is the deadline for school districts to notify teachers and staff they could be laid off later this year. Teachers and school employee unions expect about 20,000 notices to go out, although they are only preliminary. Districts have until May 15 to tell their employees whether they will have jobs next year.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

2008 Walkathon is happening this Friday

Can't believe its here again. . . here's a slideshow from last year. Hope you're coming. Its always a great time out there and this year is going to be better than ever with the Avila Bay Marine Institute on site.

The webmaster will have his video camera in hand to shoot some more testimonial video, so start reflecting on what you love about SLO Classical Academy.

Here's a slideshow from last year to get you ready . . .

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

website updates, 04.08.08

There is a LOT of information on the website. Sometimes its a challenge to keep it all up-to-date. We do our best. We always appreciate folks who take the time to send us an "heads-up" about out of date information and typos.

In our attempt to keep up, we just completed lots of website updates, including the following pages . . .

about / who is slo classical academy?
about / how does slo classical academy support families?
about / current leadership
about / typical slo classical academy week

instruction / current teachers

instruction / enrichment classes
instruction / academy classes
instruction / can i do this?
instruction / how it all works?
instruction / parent coaching

resources / slo classical academy audio/video

admissions / enrollment openings

a great taste of SLO Classical Academy

Ron Johnston, one of our amazing board members, was saavy enough and kind enough to record and edit the SLO Classial Academy segment of Monday's Dave Congalton Show.

You can listen here, by clicking the headphones . . .

Susie Theule (Director), Suzette Harbour (Parent) and Caroline Rein (Student) were articulate and passionate in their representation of SLO Classical Academy.

Nice job, gals!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

the next parent information meeting

Registration for the 08/09 school year is moving along briskly. Last Tuesday, April 2, we had a 10 families join us for our third Parent Information Meeting.

Because we are still receiving calls daily from those interested in SLO Classical Academy, we've scheduled our next Parent Information Meeting for Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 PM in Room 1 on campus. Attendance at a Parent Information Meeting is required as part of the registration process.

See you there!

listen on Monday

San Luis Obispo Classical Academy will be a featured guest for one segment of the Dave Congalton Show on 920 KVEC this Monday coming Monday afternoon, April 7.

Director Susie Theule, one parent and one student will share the vision for San Luis Obispo Classical Academy and its place here in our Central Coast community.

Not sure exactly which segment, but the show runs from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.

We'll try and capture the audio and post it on the website so you can listen later if you miss it live.