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Notes for Prospective Students
Welcome to the Academy at Charlemont.
The Academy is a
public-spirited private school that combines the best of the
classical academic tradition with a visible commitment to building
and sustaining community.
Most Academy students go on to college,
and most of them live within fifty miles of Charlemont, a small
town in rural Western Massachusetts.
Explore our web site to learn
more about this excellent small school.
The Academy believes
that the academic, liberal arts tradition is a challenging,
intellectually stimulating ground on which young people can both
learn to use their minds well, and furnish those minds with the
kind of broad, basic knowledge needed to succeed in college and as
citizens of the world.
We believe in emphasizing connections among
the academic disciplines because "real world" challenges require
citizens to think beyond the discrete boundaries of academic
disciplines, to look at things from many different angles.
believe that a school community based on values- self-reliance,
industry, integrity, and compassion - encourages development of
intellectual and social standards that reflect those values.
believe that affirming the uniqueness of each individual and at the
same time insisting that individuals subscribe to a set of commonly
held standards - civility, respect, concern for others - produces a
healthy tension that helps students learn, grow, and become
productive citizens.We’ll not be able to capture the unique
spirit, vitality, and humor of Academy life on this website.
When you come to visit you’ll immediately be struck by
the physical beauty of our rural setting, the friendliness and
civility of our community, the amount of laughter one hears, and
the respect for learning one observes.
In and of its place,
The Academy’s school meeting is modeled on the New England
town meeting, a democratic institution where each citizen is
encouraged to: Find your voice.