Vidya’s distinguishing characteristic is a life-preparatory curriculum that transforms the substance of secondary education by providing the following:
- A broad-based liberal arts education based on the Western Canon (augmented with world and contemporary literature), and traditional critical thought, as well as an embedding of significant historical, religious, and political events and perspectives from Mesopotamia to the modern day.
- Hands-on study of practical knowledge, such as organizational skills, self-efficacy, personal finance, ethics and information technology, to navigate the real world and to ensure that, as students approach young adulthood, they are prepared for life, career and college.
At Vidya, academic disciplines are not relegated to a late-19th-and-early-20th-century educational model, which approaches individual disciplines in a vacuum, whereby each is studied within its own realm as if it has nothing to do with any other subject. Rather, all subjects are connected and are essential to understand the world we live in. Our curriculum is a story. From the beginning to the end, students will learn about the world they live in as it has developed over thousands of years. Not just historically but literarily, mathematically scientifically, spiritually, societally, artistically, and philosophically. It is story that will keep their attention, as it flows from course to course. Classes at Vidya are offered in four broad areas of learning:
- Life skills cover organizational skills, personal finance, health and fitness, physical education, IT security and IT tools, and college and career planning.
- Humanities and Social Sciences integrate logic, ethics, philosophy, history, literature, composition and economics.
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) include continuous math, discrete math, trigonometry, statistics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, basic engineering concepts and technology.
- Arts cover visual and performing arts.