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Well-Trained Mind Academy Online Courses

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The Well-Trained Mind Academy, accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, was founded by Susan Wise Bauer in 2014. The Academy’s teaching methods, described in The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, first published in 1999 by WW Norton, now in its fifth edition), are based on the three-part classical pattern of training the mind, called the trivium. Students begin their studies by learning the foundations of a subject. Questioning and argumentation (logic skills) follow. Finally, students are taught how to express their own ideas about their subjects. At the heart of the Academy’s curriculum is their mandate to teach students how to learn, so that they may leave WTMA with the motivation to pursue knowledge their whole lives.

Offering a full range of rigorous middle school (logic stage) and high school (rhetoric stage) classes across the curriculum, the Academy offers live and delayed-attendance classes (for those in different time zones) with full instructor support, grading, and feedback. The standard class size averages 15-20 students. Courses requiring more personalized instruction have an average of 12-15 students.

Students can meet with instructors outside of class if they need extra help with a particular topic. Class community is built through class chat, discussion boards, group work, and email. All instructors have years of experience in teaching, tutoring, homeschooling, or a combination of all three.

The Academy is nonsectarian.

The Academy offers courses in the following subjects:

  • Writing, Literature, and Grammar
  • World History and Social Science
  • Math and Science
  • World Languages
  • Fine Arts
  • Health & Physical Fitness
  • Study Skills

Go to the WTM Academy website to search the course catalog. If you have questions, email [email protected]

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6 thoughts on “Well-Trained Mind Academy Online Courses”

  1. Are you guys saying that you have an accredited online school? If so that’s what I’m looking for I cannot find which one you actually recommend I’m kind of confused cuz somebody just please throw out some recommendations to me

  2. Is it too late for my daughter to be enrolled in the well trained mind academy for this fall? She is entering sixth grade. Is it possible to supplement the coursework she does at public school with courses from your curriculum? Thank you!

    • Unfortunately, due to massive increases in demand this summer, the Academy is full and its waiting list is full too, so they’re not able to take any new applicants. We’re sorry.


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