Discussion-Based Learning


The cornerstone of American Academy’s academic program is our “Essential Discourses” which are academic discussions for each of the core subjects:

  • Science 
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • English Language Arts

These captivating and engaging discourses provide an excellent opportunity for students to be personally and deeply connected to important core subject matter. Students sharpen their ability to articulate and defend positions, consider different points of view, and enlist and evaluate evidence.



Improves communication skills: Students learn to articulate their thoughts as part of a larger discussion with their peers and instructors.

Boosts confidence: Students are encouraged to put forth their ideas in a friendly and engaging environment. We support positive and empowering communication that is especially beneficial for today’s students.

Builds mutual respect: No one person is in a position to govern the conversation; students learn to listen to their peers and offer their own insights without dismissing opposing viewpoints.

Requires independent preparation: Students come to class ready to discuss the assigned topic. Students are given tremendous latitude on how they will prepare for the discussion.

Encourages critical thinking: Students play an active role in learning through discussion; they are required to exercise more critical thinking that is typically needed in a lecture setting.


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