Ambrose Curriculum Guide

Take the guessing out of planning and preparing for an upcoming school year by using the best K–12 classical curriculum guide we have found!

Classical Academic Press has partnered with The Ambrose School of Boise, Idaho, to provide you with this valuable resource that can be used and adapted for schools, co-ops, and homeschools. The Ambrose Curriculum Guide represents the fruit of more than ten years of planning, teaching, assessment, collaboration, writing, revising, and rewriting.

There is no other guide that we know of that contains such ongoing thought, clarity, detail, and accumulated wisdom. With 262 total documents for grades K–12, this guide is a remarkable help to any teacher or administrator as you engage in curriculum decisions and lesson planning.

Ambrose Curriculum Guide Overview

If you have already purchased a ClassicalU subscription, you can view any of these files for free! To download and edit the files, purchase is required. Please visit the “Purchasing Options” tab above to read more about buying the Ambrose Curriculum Guide.

The Ambrose Curriculum Guide is composed of a variety of documents that cover every grade and subject and includes a curriculum roadmap, course lead sheets, course scope and sequences, rubrics, and 132 separate literature teaching guides for upper school teachers. Divided into two major parts, Lower School and Upper School, this ultimate resource of suggested texts, teaching goals and methods, suggested schedules, and more will give you an incredible head start as you prepare for a new academic year. You can use the Ambrose Curriculum Guide as a tool to plan a start-up school, to provide guidelines for a co-op, to design a grade level for a homeschool student, and much more. This versatile guide can meet the needs of any educator!

To see a full list of contents included for each grade level, please visit the “Complete File List” tab above. You can also scroll further down on this page to preview samples of the Ambrose Curriculum Guide!

The Lower School part contains 77 documents in 10 major sections:

  • 7 sections for grades K–6
  • 3 additional sections for PE, Music, and Art

The Upper School part contains 185 documents in 6 major sections for grades 7–12:

  • Science
  • Math
  • Letters (literature, history, philosophy)
  • Language (Latin, Greek, French)
  • Rhetoric, Composition, and Theology
  • Arts & Electives

Each downloadable section will also contain:

  • Read Me Documents (PDFs): Welcome Letter, Ambrose Curriculum Guide Overview, and Rights & Permissions
  • Sample Daily Lesson Plan (PDF)
  • Rubrics, Templates & Other Materials (Zip File): contains a Hymn of the Month Two-Year Rotation, Persuasive Writing and Thesis Presentation & Defense Rubrics, Thesis Rubric: Written Essay, Curriculum Roadmap, House System, Required Unit Lesson Plan Template, Socratic Evaluation and Method Sheet, and Source Works Teacher’s Guide Template
  • Microsoft Word zip files containing the segment(s) purchased

This unique guide is available for purchase in the following breakdowns:

*You may purchase any section from either the Lower School or Upper School part for $95, with the exception of the Grades 7–12 Letters (Great Books) section, which contains 132 separate documents and is priced at $195.

Note: Once purchased, a digital Microsoft Word version of the guide (or purchased segments) will be added to your My Library user account for you to download. These Microsoft Word files can be overwritten, modified, and otherwise changed to fit the particular needs and circumstances of your school, co-op, or homeschool.* You can even drop in your school or co-op crest in the upper left-hand corner!

*The bottom of each document contains the following copyright text, which must be kept: “Copyright © 2017 Classical Academic Press and The Ambrose School. This document may be used and modified by the purchasing organization only; any other use is strictly prohibited.” To read more about copyright and permissions for this product, please click here.

CAP Audio Room: Interview with Dr. Christopher Perrin on curriculum guides and planning

Ambrose Curriculum Guide Welcome Letter (PDF)

Ambrose Curriculum Guide Overview (PDF) This overview document is a detailed description of the Ambrose School “Curriculum Tree,” which contains the following elements:

  • Vision Statement
  • Curriculum Roadmap
  • Course Lead Sheets
  • Course Syllabus
  • Source Sheet Docs (sometimes referred to as “gold sheets” by The Ambrose School because these documents were printed on gold paper)
  • Lesson Plans*
  • Rubrics

*Please note: A lesson plan template is provided, but specific lesson plans are not supplied in this curriculum guide, as it is expected that these will be crafted by the teacher to suit his or her specific class context.

Below is a complete list of the folders included in each grade level. In addition to the individual files below, each folder automatically comes with:

  • Read Me Documents (PDFs): Welcome Letter, Ambrose Curriculum Guide Overview, and Rights & Permissions
  • Sample Daily Lesson Plan (PDF)
  • Rubrics, Templates & Other Materials (Zip File): contains a Hymn of the Month Two-Year Rotation, Persuasive Writing and Thesis Presentation & Defense Rubrics, Thesis Rubric: Written Essay, Curriculum Roadmap, House System, Required Unit Lesson Plan Template, Socratic Evaluation and Method Sheet, and Source Works Teacher’s Guide Template
  • Microsoft Word zip files containing the segment(s) purchased

Kindergarten
Bible Course Lead Sheet
Grammar-Composition Lead Sheet
History-Geography Course Lead Sheet
Literature Course Lead Sheet
Math Course Lead Sheet
Penmanship and Writing Course Lead Sheet
Science Course Lead Sheet
Speech Meet Core Principles
Speech Meet Rubric

1st Grade
Bible Lead Sheet
Grammar-Composition Lead Sheet
History-Geography Lead Sheet
Literature-Reading Lead Sheet
Math Lead Sheet
Science Lead Sheet
Spelling-Penmanship Lead Sheet

2nd Grade
Bible Lead Sheet
Grammar-Composition Lead Sheet
History-Geography Lead Sheet
Literature-Reading Lead Sheet
Math Lead Sheet
Science Lead Sheet
Spelling-Penmanship Lead Sheet

3rd Grade
Bible Lead Sheet
Grammar-Composition Lead Sheet
History-Geography Lead Sheet
Latin Lead Sheet
Literature-Reading Lead
Math Lead Sheet
Science Lead Sheet
Spelling-Penmanship Lead Sheet

4th Grade
Bible Lead Sheet
Grammar-Composition Lead Sheet
History-Geography Lead Sheet
Latin Course Lead Sheet
Literature-Reading Lead Sheet
Math Lead Sheet
Science Course Lead Sheet
Spelling-Penmanship Lead Sheet

5th Grade
Bible Lead Sheet
Grammar-Composition Lead Sheet
History-Geography Lead Sheet
Latin Course Lead Sheet
Literature-Reading Lead Sheet
Math Lead Sheet
Science Course Lead Sheet
Spelling-Penmanship Lead Sheet

6th Grade
Bible Lead Sheet
Grammar-Composition Lead Sheet
History-Geography Lead Sheet
Latin I Course Lead Sheet
Literature-Reading Course Lead Sheet
Math Lead Sheet
Science Course Lead Sheet
Spelling-Penmanship Lead Sheet

K–6 Art
K Art Lead Sheet
1st Grade Art Lead Sheet
2nd Grade Art Lead Sheet
3rd Grade Art Lead Sheet
4th Grade Art Lead Sheet
5th Grade Art Lead Sheet
6th Grade Art Lead Sheet

K–6 Music
K Music Lead Sheet
1st Grade Music Lead Sheet
2nd Grade Music Lead Sheet
3rd Grade Music Lead Sheet
4th Grade Music Lead Sheet
5th and 6th grade Orchestra Parent Letter
5th Grade Music Lead Sheet
6th Grade Music Lead Sheet

K–6 Physical Education
K Physical Education Lead Sheet
1st Grade Physical Education Lead Sheet
2nd Grade Physical Education Lead Sheet
3rd Grade Physical Education Lead Sheet
4th Grade Physical Education Lead Sheet
5th Grade Physical Education Lead Sheet
6th Grade Physical Education Lead Sheet

7th Grade Arts & Electives
Basic and General Orchestra Lead Sheet
Broadcast Media Course Lead Sheet
Devoveo Choir Lead Sheet
Essentials of Drama Lead Sheet
Fine Art Lead Sheet
Gaudeo Choir Lead Sheet
Graphic Design Lead Sheet
Honors Orchestra Lead Sheet
House Athletics Lead Sheet
Jazz Band and Ensemble Lead Sheet
Journalism Yearbook Lead Sheet
Junior and Senior Drama Lead Sheet
Newspaper Journalism Lead Sheet
Teacher Apprentice Syllabus
Teaching Apprentice Evaluation Rubric
Teaching Apprenticeship Lead Sheet
Teaching Assistant Evaluation Rubric
Teaching Assistant Lead Sheet
Theater Lead Sheet
Trial Advocacy Course Lead Sheet

7–12 Composition-Rhetoric-Summa
Ambrose Oral Defense Presentation Rubric
Ambrose Oral Presentation Rubric
Ambrose Persuasive Writing Rubric
Classical Rhetoric Lead Sheet
Composition I Lead Sheet
Composition II Lead Sheet
Logic Course Lead Sheet
Rhetoric Steering Document
Summa Civitas Lead Sheet
Summa Theologica Lead Sheet
Writer’s Rhetoric Lead Sheet
Writing Fundamentals Lead Sheet

7–12 Languages
French I Lead Sheet
French II Lead Sheet
Greek I Lead Sheet
Greek II Lead Sheet
Latin II Lead Sheet
Latin III Lead Sheet
Latin IV Lead Sheet
Latin IV Readings Lead Sheet
Latin V Course Lead Sheet

7–12 Mathematics
Algebra I Lead Sheet
Algebra II Lead Sheet
Calculus Course Lead Sheet
Geometry Lead Sheet
Math Logic Lead Sheet
Mathematics Steering Document
Precalculus Course Lead Sheet
Quadrivium Lead Sheet
Trigonometry Architecture Lead Sheet
Trigonometry Course Lead Sheet

7–12 Sciences
Biology Lead Sheet
Chemistry Lead Sheet
Conceptual Physics Lead Sheet
Human Biology Lead Sheet
Physical Science Lead Sheet
Physics Lead Sheet

7–12 Letters (Great Books)
132 Great Books/humane letters documents

Since 1995, The Ambrose School’s goal has been consistent: to restore Christian intellectual leadership in our culture, both locally and nationally. The school has experienced consistent growth since it began with just three students, to its present size of around 500 students.

The Ambrose School is one of the veteran schools leading the renewal of classical education across the United States. The mission of The Ambrose School is “to mature students in Christ as we integrate faith and reason through classical Christian education.” They are dedicated to the idea that true education requires more than imparting knowledge, or training skills, or even teaching students to think (though all of these are involved). They are cultivating in students what the ancient Greeks and Christians called paideia. Paideia can be understood as the set of assumptions (worldview) a student has, and the rightly ordered affections (virtues) that drive what he or she is passionate about. Paideia motivates the decisions a person makes, and it turns faith into a powerful cultural force rather than a personal experience. A person’s paideia is the core ingredient in building a community that loves and honors God, and K–12 education is a foundational ingredient in forming paideia in a student. In Ephesians 6, God calls fathers to raise their children in the “paideia of the Lord.” Historically, Christian paideia has been cultivated through a unique form of education that was designed for this purpose: classical Christian education.

Ambrose Curriculum Guide Samples

Dr. Perrin joins The Audio Room to discuss:

—What a curriculum guide usually contains

—Why a curriculum guide is important

—How a curriculum guide can be used effectively

—What makes The Ambrose School Curriculum Guide stand out

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