Delphi Academy of Florida
Exploring Education
April 2017
We have had such a wonderful school term so far. I love seeing new faces and Delphi families flourish and prosper. Please enjoy this article. 
Best wishes,
Headmaster Colin Taufer
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."

"To give young people a rich academic background, a strong sense of ethics and a broad range of abilities to successfully launch them into higher education, a career and life itself. More broadly, our Mission is to help build a better world through effective education." 
Delphi Academy of Florida
1831 Drew St. 
Clearwater, FL 33765 


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Delphi is Family

The Delphian School is the founding school of the Delphi Schools network. It was established in the 1970s by a group of educators who shared a dream of transforming education. Delphian's founding headmaster was Alan Larson. In May of 1984, Dr. Larson gave an address in which he spoke of the way Delphi views the family-school relationship. As you'll see in this excerpt from his speech, the relationship we seek is quite different than the norm. 

"It is our viewpoint that education is a family activity. We as a school do not replace a government function. That's not our intention or desire.

"We as a school consider that we are, like it or not, moving into your family. It's an odd relationship because on one hand, we have all this formal relationship of a contract that we are a corporation and you are a family and we are contracting for our relationship. On the other hand, as soon as we have done all that, we move in: you have taken on another family member.

"I want you to think of us that way. To the extent that you don't think of us that way, it doesn't work. If we think about you as joining our school, I don't like it. It doesn't work well that way. I like to think individually with each of you that we are a part or your family now, and that is the level of communication required, and that's how we view our functions. We are not a replacement of the government. We are a piece of the family."

Colin Taufer
Delphi Academy of Florida

"An educational program which begins with the child's parents, progresses through kindergarten and grade school, through high school and into college and preserves at every step the individuality, the native ambitions, intelligence, abilities and dynamics of the individual, is the best bastion* against not only mediocrity but any and all enemies of mankind." 
L. Ron Hubbard

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