Who We Are
Innovate Academy is a unique learning community whereby like-minded parents, mentors, and local leaders are committed to the spiritual formation of young scholars through a collaborative model of education, that combines onsite, at home, and service to community learning.
Our mission is to engage the whole child through a head, heart, and hands approach to learning in order to shape thoughtful, passionate, and entrepreneurial leaders of culture.
We believe that the classical approach creates scholars who are thoughtful, allowing them to develop the skills to think creatively, critically, and positively. Classical studies cultivates thoughtful children as they learn to contemplate the true, good, and beautiful within the Trivium model (considers how the brain develops cognitively through the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages) and through curriculum that is fully integrated (e.g., studying Ancient Greece and Rome in history, literature, philosophy, art, etc. rather than British literature alongside American history). As the rich content of a topic emerges, socratic learning allows young scholars to develop effective communication skills in a collaborative, open forum, respecting diverse and opposing views to prepare well for civil discourse in the marketplace. The Schole-method of restful learning also allows scholars to enjoy the process of understanding.
"We believe children are contemplative and creative beings that are uniquely wired and differently equipped for a good purpose and that exposure to the classical approach will fuel their growth mindset."
- Innovate Academy
We believe focusing on the whole student, their spiritual, physical, and emotional health, rather than simply developing their intellect, will create passionate, whole-hearted learners. Spiritual formation activities such as scripture meditation, study, guidance, and prayer will renew the mind and transform the hearts of our young scholars to understand their Creator, value, and purpose. Contemplative arts such as music, art, and visual storytelling engage the whole child and develop a young scholar’s rhetoric, as stories are effectively communicated and creatively applied to service. Wellness classes such as fitness, nutrition, sustainability, and gardening are integrated into the child's daily schedule in order to inspire wellness of body, mind, and spirit and form healthy habits that last a lifetime.
"We believe children learn best with healthy hearts, which includes a lifestyle of emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness, as well as the character to lead well." - Innovate Academy
We inspire young scholars to walk in their spiritual gifts, strengths, understanding, and passions through project-based learning experiences to become entrepreneurial leaders of culture. We teach character and competency skills as students grow in organizational leadership on teams, working toward service learning experiences. We empower creative and innovative leaders to design service projects connected to our Christian and classical studies for local and global partner communities. We believe service is important not only for developing character but for remembered learning, as our local Philadelphian hero, Benjamin Franklin, once stated: "Tell me and I'll forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I'll understand.”
"We believe that children learn by experience and are capable of serving their community through innovative service-learning projects, understanding that it’s better to give than receive." - Innovate Academy
Education for us is about going back to proven methods that have shaped the body, mind, and spirit of students for centuries through classical learning while also moving forward to engage the whole child in an environment that promotes wellness and innovation through community service projects.
These three core values provide a holistic, whole person centered, and integrative approach to education for every young scholar.
Our academy is not a traditional school. Rather, it offers a full curriculum that combines three days of onsite learning (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) at our Brandywine campus, with an at home satellite classroom where parents personalize their child’s instruction with online supports prepared by his or her mentor.
Through the partnership of parents, mentors, and community leaders, young scholars not only become thoughtful learners, mastering the art of study and time management, but passionate leaders of culture, as they are able to design entrepreneurial service to their communities.
While we are supported by Calvary Chapel of Delaware County's Brandywine campus, all scholars of the Christian faith are welcome to attend. We celebrate all expressions and streams of Christianity and stand by the Apostles’ Creed that was once and for all created and agreed upon by the early church in 325 A.D.
The Apostles’ Creed
"We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen."
What is education?
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."
Cohorts & Curriculum
Innovate Academy is a blended-model program that combines onsite, at home, and service to community learning.
As such, we spend three days at our Brandywine campus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, teaching our PreK-7th grade students from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
We provide a full five-day curriculum and a user friendly online learning platform so our young scholars can engage with parents and mentors on at home satellite days.
Finally, we have service learning days each trimester, as we engage with local and global community partners. Please check out our events page to see what we are up to!
Grades are combined in multi-age–style classes where developmentally appropriate learning can occur within a whole child approach. Research shows young scholars are more cooperative in a multi-age setting and gain self-confidence and maturity by being exposed to older scholars (while older scholars learn to be positive, mature role models for the younger ones). In addition, the multi-age classroom facilitates the ability to develop friendships across grade levels and instills a greater sense of community.
Capped at 15 scholars to one teacher, each combination allows the opportunity to master higher level subjects or continue to work on necessary skills, as scholars joyfully explore learning with structure, yet flexibility around time, place, and pace.
Our preschoolers can begin at age 3-4 years old as long as they are potty trained. This morning combined group represents the widest gap in maturity and ability, and each child’s experience is unique. Therefore, a teacher’s aid is onsite in order to differentiate and personalize their learning. Wellness and leadership skills are taught with an emphasis on safety, health, habits, listening, manners, and personal responsibility. Afternoon enrichment is optional and only available for our morning scholars. Coding is introduced at an introductory and primarily sequencing level.
Kindergarten & First Grade
Our kindergarten and first grade combined group is introduced to Latin and begins to study history chronologically, integrated with literature, science, and other subjects. Scholars begin to recognize their own unique story within a grander narrative. Wellness and leadership skills emphasize character formation and social and emotionally healthy practices. Coding is introduced at an introductory and primarily sequencing level.
Second & Third Grade
Our second and third grade combined group begin to formalize their study of Latin, recognizing that with a Latin foundation, language arts and other foreign language skills are more readily acquired. Integrated, chronological studies continue as each scholar’s worldview takes shape and passion begins to emerge as they discover their purpose. Innovative leadership skills emphasize character formation, competency, and entrepreneurial service to community. These students also begin to learn cursive penmanship and a more advanced level of coding.
Fourth through Seventh Grade
Our fourth through seventh graders experience a University-model approach to learning with more than one core mentor instructing them in highly specialized disciplines. These grades formalize their study of Latin, penmanship, coding, and other core or special subjects, engaging with them at a more proficient and deeper level. Integrated, chronological studies continue as each scholar’s worldview takes shape and passion begins to emerge as they walk in their purpose. Innovative leadership skills continue to emphasize character formation, competency, and entrepreneurial service to community.