The K-12 Program Guide at a Glance
Built over decades, the Hillsdale College K-12 Education curriculum is content-rich, balanced, and strong across the core disciplines, with instruction in Latin, fine arts, modern foreign languages, and physical education. Focused on the skills that all students must develop, and the rich knowledge in the humanities and sciences that must accompany the teaching of skills, the curriculum provides students and teachers with a tried and true course of study for the K-12 years.
The cornerstone of this curriculum is the K-12 Program Guide, a comprehensive resource that includes all of the topics a student ought to study across the disciplines, and the order in which to study them. This complete scope and sequence covers a student's kindergarten through 12th grade journey.
Hillsdale’s K-12 curriculum forms a complete whole, one that helps to ensure that a student’s learning is integrated between subjects and across grade levels. Within a grade, for example, history lessons connect with art, music, and literature, and science lessons connect with mathematics, history, and music. In all subjects, the foundation built in the younger grades enables deeper study as students mature.
- For students and families, the K-12 Program Guide is a carefully built course of study in the liberal arts and sciences, one that, with careful study and excellent teaching, leads to knowledge of human nature and the natural world.
- For teachers and school leaders, the K-12 Program Guide gives shape and form to a school’s curriculum, uniting the faculty with a clear plan and common purpose.
To see the connections within and across grade levels and subjects, click on the curriculum overview below.
- Essays on how to teach each subject
- Dates to remember
- Poetry to memorize
- Pacing guides
- Teaching tips
- A complete list of topics for every subject and grade, K-12
- Resources for students and teachers that accompany every topic
- Cross-curricular connections between literature, history, science, art, and music
- A clear and consistent plan for building language skills, from the letter “A” to high school logic, rhetoric, and philosophy
- A plan for the senior thesis, the capstone project for a classical education
Click a grade level or subject area below to learn more about how our curriculum is both vertically and horizontally integrated. Selecting a grade level will show an overview of the selected grade, or for high school, an overview of recommended course selections. Selecting a subject will reveal a deeper dive into what a student will learn as they advance through their K-12 journey.