School Profile



 Geneva Classical Academy

2017-2018 School Profile
CEEB/ACT Code: 102145

Richard Cali, Headmaster
Michael Strawbridge, Head of Upper School
Laura McGinnis, Registrar





Geneva Classical Academy exists to assist families in fulfilling their biblical obligation to educate and train their children by providing an extraordinary education founded upon a scriptural worldview, distinctively Christian and classical, thus equipping students to know, love, and practice all that reflects goodness, truth, and beauty and encouraging them to live purposefully and thoughtfully in the service of God and man.




Accreditation and Membership


Geneva Classical Academy is accredited by The Association of Classical and Christian Schools and a member of College Board.




School Culture


Geneva Classical Academy, established in 1996, adheres to a classical and Christian pedagogy. The curriculum is rigorous, college-preparatory, and founded upon the ancient and traditional liberal arts. Geneva’s classical curriculum offers to colleges and universities high school graduates uniquely qualified to engage in intellectual debate and exploration. We place a profound weight on each student’s understanding of the interconnectedness of all subjects and the imperative to synthesize them. This K4-12 school, with a student body of 125, is located in Lakeland in Polk County, Florida.






Geneva Classical Academy employs master teachers who possess a passion for learning and who have advanced curricular credentials and experience.  Of the 20 member faculty serving Geneva, all are degreed, 5 with masters.






Admission to Geneva Classical Academy is selective and holistic. We consider each applicant based upon academic records, teacher recommendations, standardized test scores, pre-admission assessments, and student and family interviews. Geneva Classical Academy admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.




Graduation Requirements


Graduation candidates of Geneva Classical Academy must have at least a C average (70% or higher). Given the high value we place on academic rigor and the abilities of our students, all courses are taught at an Honors level. Designated Honors classes receive weighted grades of .5 point. Also of note is the study of Latin, which begins in third grade and continues as a required course through tenth grade.  Logic, Rhetoric, Senior Thesis, and Capstone classes complete the classical model.


Geneva Distinctives


 LogicStudents identify and use various components of deductive logic (terms, propositions, and syllogisms), gain facility in the relationships and functions of categorical propositions in the square of opposition, determine the validity of syllogisms in deductive logic, identify formal and informal fallacies, and apply the acquired tools of formal logic to arguments in English prose.


Electives - Electives are divided into two categories: Fine and Practical Arts and Classical Distinctives. Fine and Practical Arts include but are not limited to such classes as Culinary Arts, Theatre Arts, Chorus, Photojournalism and traditional visual arts courses. Classical Distinctives are broader in scope, including such classes as Film (an historical and critical analysis of great films), Introduction to New Testament Greek, and Human Health (an examination of questions of health, nutrition, exercise, and the human anatomy in general), and Model United Nations. In general, electives go beyond the typical classroom experience.


RhetoricThis course focuses on the traditional conception of rhetoric as formal oratory, the art of persuasion. Content includes historical backgrounds, conventional formulations, and Christian analysis, utilizing both ancient and modern texts.  The course provides theory, classroom demonstration, and individual practice of public speaking.  


CapstoneSeniors and a panel of faculty members read and discuss essays written by famous thinkers in history on topics ranging from human relations, natural and moral philosophy, and government and economics, to name a few.  Authors include, Plato, Aristotle, Solomon, Boethius, Kierkegaard, Bernard of Clairvaux, Aquinas, Schopenhauer, C.S. Lewis, John Stuart Mill, Montaigne, Madison, Burke, Lenin, Adam Smith, Francis Bacon, Galileo, and Newton, as well as modern writers.  Discussions are in depth and animated, seeking to draw out the passions of the writers.  Emphasis is placed on synthesizing disparate ideas so students develop a sense of connections within society.


Senior ThesisGraduating students write a 20 page thesis paper and defend it before a faculty panel. They argue one side of a multi-sided issue from topics that are debated by scholars, scientists, theologians, and philosophers in the disciplines of politics, science, math, doctrine, ethics, metaphysics, Biblical studies, culture, arts, or literature.

Graduate Profile:

GPA Range (weighted): 2.57-4.24

GPA range (unweighted): 2.51-4.00

SAT range: 1010-1940

ACT range: 19-28

College Acceptance:


Appalachian State University    


Auburn University    


Belhaven University


Boyce College


Clemson University


Covenant College


Eckerd College


Erskine College


Flagler College


Florida Southern College


Florida State University


ITT Technical Institute


Jacksonville University


Mississippi State University


Polk State College


Rollins College


Sewanee-The    University of the South


Southeastern University


University of Alabama


University of Florida


University of Mississippi 


University of North FL


University of South FL


United States Air Force

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