FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- because good questions can be powerful tools -
HOW CAN I DONATE TO AEGIS INSTITUTE'S MISSION OF BETTER EDUCATION FOR OUR FLORIDA COMMUNITY AND NATION AT LARGE?
Aegis Institute is a registered non-profit organization. We rely on charitable donations to meet our mission goals to provide affordable, high-quality education for people of all socioeconomic situations. Presently, we do accept direct donations; however, we also have a Patreon page, which you can find linked under the header tab "Support Us."
DOES YOUR SCHOOL HAVE A PHYSICAL LOCATION/BUILDING?
Presently, we are working towards this goal. Starting a school with new models of advanced education, in many ways breaking from public school "standardized" models, is not an easy task to accomplish without broad local, state, and national support - financial and otherwise. We dream of having a "school" as such, but this is a long-term goal at present. Furthermore, given the present state of the world-wide pandemic, a physical location would not serve us and you well. Consequently, we are beginning our campaign for more affordable high-quality education via remote, digital methods. If you'd like to help in our dream to have a physical location for our school, please support us by following the header link "Support Us."
HOW DO I "JOIN" THIS SCHOOL?
Presently, having no physical location and limited by the pandemic, we are offering private tutoring services and home-school teaching services for students.
Private Tutoring: If you are a student that needs supplemental help or guidance with your given course of study at a public or private school, you can contact us to hire a tutor. You will be matched to a tutor with the best fit for your needs.
Home-School Teaching: If you are student pursuing a home-schooled education, either newly due to pandemic concerns or a long time veteran of the home-school model, our teachers are highly qualified pedagogues, able to design and deliver the courses you need, from science, math, and computer sciences/programming to history, literature, writing, language, and art/music.
All of our teachers have graduate degrees in at least one field and have experience teaching and researching in a variety of fields beyond their particular focus. To learn more about some of our new teachers, see the "Staff" tab in the header above.
WHAT, IN A NUTSHELL, MAKES AEGIS INSTITUTE'S MODEL OF EDUCATION UNIQUE FROM OTHER PUBLIC, PRIVATE, AND CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES?
Most of the curriculum currently used in public schools is approaching a century in age (or more) and teaches counterfactual, dated models in science and mathematics that constitute a 17th century antique. Perhaps the single greatest failing of modern education has been the narrow focus and scope of courses.
MODERN PUBLIC education has developed
Physics WITHOUT calculus
Biology classes that memorize facts that are wholly useless outside of the class
History courses devoid of cultural, scientific, or philosophical components
No core curriculum focusing on art, music, or philosophy
With experts in their field, Aegis Institute promotes a holistic understanding of the world. Students will see how the tides of history influence science and math and they will see how math and science make them better thinkers, writers, artists, and philosophers.
AEGIS INSTITUTE'S approach includes:
An inspired transition from methods of direct instruction (used primarily in the first and second year for core courses) to inquiry based learning with a focus on critical thinking and new research
An innovative curriculum with an integrative approach across similar and disparate disciplines
A commitment to the academic and scholarly success of both the student and teacher, promoting at all levels new and continued research (life-long scholarship)
A modern approach to technology and its integration into the classroom and individualize course work
A focused course of study, limiting the students attention to four intensive classes each trimester.
An evaluative system and a schedule designed to promote and foster teamwork
An evaluative system that writes its own letters of recommendation
For more details on our curricula and approaches to education, see the "Academics" tab in the header above.