Who We Are
The Well-Trained Mind Academy was founded in 2014 by Susan Wise Bauer. WTMA is based on the expert advice, carefully selected curricula, and classical model described by Dr. Bauer and Jessie Wise in The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (first published in 1999 by W.W. Norton and now in its fourth edition).
The administration at WTMA works closely with students, parents, and instructors to create an educational environment that fits the needs of each family. All of our instructors have years of experience in teaching, tutoring, homeschooling, or a combination of all three. Our instructors are qualified in their fields; many have earned advanced degrees.
We provide live, online instruction that fits your student’s educational plan. Our courses develop your student’s critical thinking skills through real-world interactions. Our time-tested methods teach your student to express ideas clearly, and to thoughtfully engage with the world.
Our teaching methods are based on the three-part classical pattern of training the mind, called the trivium. Students begin their studies by learning the foundations of a subject. Questioning and argumentation (logic skills) follow. Finally, students are taught how to express their own ideas about their subjects. At the heart of our curriculum is our mandate to teach students how to learn, so that they may leave WTMA with the motivation to pursue knowledge their whole lives.
We use Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to host our courses. All of our classes are live, and most have a delayed class option for students unable to attend live lecture. Standard class size averages 15 students. Instructors communicate with students and parents via email, and are also available for live meetings outside of class.
Students are expected to know how to use a computer, have acceptable typing skills, and to know how to answer email. Parents oversee their student’s work at home, ensuring that the student attends classes and submits work on time.