In its first year of operation Sea Island School will be a one-room schoolhouse, with one teacher and one class. If the school grows, it will have two one-room schoolhouses. We will not age-group students into grades no matter how many students are enrolled. If, in the future, we have two hundred students, we will have approximately ten one-room schoolhouses. Some of those one-room schoolhouses will serve the dialectic and rhetoric stage students.
The main goal of the first year is teaching students to learn independently. This will be a big paradigm shift for students coming from an age-graded classroom. Therefore, we are going to use an easy to administer curriculum called Abeka in the first year. Abeka is one of the two most popular curriculums for Christian schools. It is comprehensive and effective, and will be easier for students transitioning to independent learning. When individual students mature into independent learners, whether that is within weeks or months, we will supplement Abeka with books and assignments more conducive to a Great Books education.