Bannister’s educational program is patterned after the classical educational program called the Trivium. A classical education is a three-part process of training the mind.
Paideia is a set of beliefs about education including active and rigorous teaching methods Paideia is a holistic approach to life-long learning with roots in ancient Greece.
The study of Latin teaches students how to think critically and analytically, and how to handle concepts with ease.
K-12 Education lays down the cornerstones for fundamental language and critical thinking skills.
Bannister Academy communicates in the English language. The composition and word choices must be appropriately formal and scholarly, while the grammar and syntax must always be proper and error-free across all official correspondences and collateral materials.
As a general rule, informal words and phrases should be avoided. In addition, mottos and expressions that were coined by or are already deeply associated with other educational institutions, along with religious terms, must never be used.
Advance / advancing
Transcend / transcending*
*Although they sound close to transcendere, the connotation of these words are not particularly aligned with the brand’s messages.
Semper Ad Meliora
Learn / Learning
Teach / Teaching
Grow / Growing / Growth
Develop / Developing / Development Train / Training
Intellect / Strong Intellect / Intellectual Character /
Good Character / Moral
Social Responsibility / Socially Aware and Responsible
Bannister Academy’s purpose is to bring forth Renaissance men and women in, and for, the modern world. Our graduates understand and embrace their role in making a better society through their intellect and competence guided by good moral character.
To achieve this, Bannister Academy’s educational design combines academic rigor with values formation — integrating Classical Education and the Paideia Program with a clear objective of thorough personal development, actively involving the learners, the teachers, and the parents in a continuum of holistic growth.
In the same way that it takes a village to raise a child, Bannister Academy believes that it takes the community of learner, parent and teacher to make education holistic, to mold young men and women to become individuals of apt intellect and upstanding character.
A child who desires learning is deemed capable of, and is considered responsible for it. Young men and women are accountable for pursuing their education through the continuous cycle of studying, understanding, and applying what they learn.
A parent completes the child’s education. Empowered through talks and seminars led by experts in psychology, communication, and family development, parents are equipped to take on their role in shaping their child’s character.
A teacher is at the helm of training the learner intellectually — to empower his or her mind to tackle difficult subjects, to learn independently, to understand and structure logical statements, and to communicate with other learners.
In addition, a teacher also functions as a mentor for character formation — helping students navigate through their experiences: from academic work, relations with peers and teachers, personal and family concerns, and even their quest for personal fulfillment.