Frederica Academy provides its students with a rigorous college preparatory education that integrates all subjects, including the arts, in a cooperative learning environment. A challenging education requires that students and teachers have high standards and expectations, that the process is as important as the product, that students are taught to make connections across disciplines, that in order for learning to take place students may be pushed outside their comfort zones, and that failure and mistakes are an essential part of learning. Rigor at Frederica is characterized by the pursuit of ideas, rather than an emphasis on grades, memorization, excessive homework, or competition with others as a measure of one's own success.
In short, Frederica provides an environment, which is academically challenging, intellectually stimulating, and respectful, while remaining a place where students feel safe enough to become risk-takers and are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities in reasonable measure at appropriate levels.
Stimulating, thought-provoking inquiry is not reserved for older students at Frederica. It begins, rather, in Lower School with teaching that is based on active discovery and a careful cultivation of excitement and wonder in learning about the world.
Rigor at Frederica is characterized by the pursuit of ideas. This active pursuit continues in the Middle School with a curriculum that insists on mastery of essential content and skills in the context of solving challenging problems and addressing provocative questions. Service learning heightens students' awareness of the needs of others.
Vigorous, intellectual exploration expands in the Upper School as students are guided to hone their skills in making connections in a wider world. An expanded global outlook challenges students to be aware of and to understand other cultures in a deeply meaningful way as part of the school's mission to develop the habit of ethical thinking and moral behavior.