The educational philosophy of Espiritu Schools is the belief that every child can succeed academically and become leaders in their communities and the world. Espiritu Schools provides an environment that will develop students academically, physically, and spiritually – forming the entire person. In order to accomplish this Espiritu Schools implements the Classical Educational Model (CEM) which develops students into International Servant Leaders, effectively preparing them for success in college and university.
Espiritu Schools recently completed year three of the implementation process of the CEM; the implementation of the CEM has been a major contributing factor in the achievement of the “A” school rating during the previous three academic years. The curriculum and instructional practices have transitioned to a level aligned with the structure and expectations of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS). Students begin by learning to acquire basic foundational knowledge, transition to piecing together basic facts and creating logical interpretations of these facts (learning to critically analyze), and finally create new knowledge and learn to clearly articulate logical thoughts in order to persuade. This methodology has had a profound impact on the entire school community and has been reflected in the overall school performance.
The implementation of the CEM has elevated the rigor commanded of both the administrative and instructional staff creating a higher level of accountability. Teachers are required to tie functional text and non-functional text into each lesson they are teaching. This practice allows students to be exposed to research-type practices along with proposed AzMerit-framed questioning.
Our educational system, consisting of a rigorous and vigorous dialogue between ability and attitude, also seeks to develop students beyond the classroom. Espiritu Schools has established an environment (ethos) where “International Servant Leaders” are formed. Ability and Attitude are interwoven to form the framework of what a modern International Servant Leader needs to learn in order to be successful. These leaders have the intellect to accomplish minor local projects and major international projects, and they have the ethics and virtues to positively impact the global community through good works. Students are taught not only to live in and improve society, but also contribute to the global community. Gradually, the student is formed as an International Servant Leader who appreciates and incorporates positive habits into their personal and professional lives.