An academy (Attic Greek: Ἀκαδήμεια; Koine Greek Ἀκαδημία) is an institution of secondary education or higher learning, research, or honorary membership. The name traces back to Plato's school of philosophy, founded approximately 385 BC at Akademia, a sanctuary of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and skill, north of Athens, Greece.

The original Academy

Before Akademia was a school, and even before Cimon enclosed its precincts with a wall, it contained a sacred grove of olive trees dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom, outside the city walls of ancient Athens. The archaic name for the site was Hekademia, which by classical times evolved into Akademia and was explained, at least as early as the beginning of the 6th century BC, by linking it to an Athenian hero, a legendary "Akademos". The site of Akademia was sacred to Athena and other immortals.

Plato's immediate successors as "scholarch" of Akademia were Speusippus (347–339 BC), Xenocrates (339–314 BC), Polemon (314–269 BC), Crates (ca. 269–266 BC), and Arcesilaus (ca. 266–240 BC). Later scholarchs include Lacydes of Cyrene, Carneades, Clitomachus, and Philo of Larissa ("the last undisputed head of the Academy"). Other notable members of Akademia include Aristotle, Heraclides Ponticus, Eudoxus of Cnidus, Philip of Opus, Crantor, and Antiochus of Ascalon.

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GISH freshman academy achieves top status in first year

The Grand Island Independent 23 May 2019
As the first year of the Academy of Freshman Exploration at Grand Island Senior High comes to a close, a national coalition has named the academy one of the best in the country ... freshman academy has earned this status ... She added the honor recognizes the triumphs, transition and transformations that have been made in regard to the academy....

Schools prepare for graduations

Rocky Mount Telegram 23 May 2019
Rocky Mount Academy will hold its graduation ceremony at 4 p.m ... This year’s graduation ceremony will be the 49th in the school’s history. Beth Covolo, head of school at Rocky Mount Academy, said the students have bright futures ahead ... New Life Christian Academy will hold its high school graduation ceremony at 7 p.m....

Agat Mango Festival, Relay for Life and other Instagram-worthy events this weekend

Guam Pacific Daily News 23 May 2019
Want to start your summer on the right foot this weekend? Look no further. Here's a list of activities happening all over the island from Friday, May 24, to Memorial Day Monday, May 27 ... Relay for Life, Friday ... Frank San Nicolas/PDN ... Mango Fest, Friday to Sunday ... Youth can learn about Guam's history and culture for free with Guahan Heritage Academy....

Cape Henlopen and Archmere Academy advance to DIAA Girls Lacrosse State Championship game

The Beacon 22 May 2019
Defending state champions Cape Henlopen and Archmere Academy advanced to the DIAA Girls Lacrosse State Championship game after semifinal victories on Tuesday night. Cape Henlopen 18, Ursuline Academy 11....

SHS students selected to attend Congressional Academy

Ravalli Republic 22 May 2019
Stevensville High School will have three representatives attend The Presidential Academy for American History and Civics and companion experience The Congressional Academy for American History and Civics in Maryland, July 7-20 ... and a greater appreciation of our nation’s history....

GIRLS' TENNIS: Warriors avenge regular-season loss, make history

News And Tribune 22 May 2019
SELLERSBURG — A little bit of redemption helped Christian Academy make history Tuesday afternoon ... ....

Community Calendar: May 23-24, 2019

The Daily Star 22 May 2019
Afton Adult and Continuing Education program, 3.30 to 6.30 p.m., Afton Central School, 29 Academy St., Room 236 ... History Center open, noon to 4 p.m., Greater Oneonta Historical Society, 183 Main ... Reflecting Popular Culture Since 1897” exhibit and other local history. Oneonta Teen Center, 3 to 6 p.m., 4 Academy St....

NCHS Orchestra invited to Italy for concert series in 2020

Natchitoches Times 22 May 2019
The NCHS Orchestra will represent the state of Louisiana in this concert tour ... Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel ... Concert venues will be announced at a later date ... In Florence, they will see such sights as Michelangelo’s David sculpture and others at the Academy of Fine Arts and share in the Renaissance and the rich history of this city ... ....

■ Developing Town: Preston was passionate for the CV pennant

HJ News 22 May 2019
Hometown Album, Newell Hart, editor; Cache Valley Newsletter, compiled by Newell Hart; Preston News, 190; Fairview History; Gems of our Valley ... The Franklin County Citizen of April 1912, writes that the Oneida Academy baseball squad was busy practicing on the campus. Ward histories ......

PMA declared national historical landmark

Inquirer 21 May 2019
Badoy said the marker recognized not only the historical structures but the rich history of the academy that could be traced back to the Commonwealth Act 1 in 1935. He said the marker also recognized "the long and unending line of quality military education that the academy has been providi......

Graduation 2019: Oxford Academy High, Cypress, commencement photos

Orange County Register 21 May 2019
Timothy Pham, at right, begins the celebration after being announced a graduate during the Oxford Academy graduation at Western High in Anaheim on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 ... Graduates toss their caps in the air during the Oxford Academy graduation at Western High in Anaheim on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 ... History teacher Chris St....

The U.S. hasn't tested any nuclear weapon for 27 years, and it's urgently required

The Washington Times 21 May 2019
America has just entered a nuclear weapons crisis. For the first time in history, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has just published a scientific paper, by highly qualified nuclear weapons experts, saying that we can no longer have confidence that our nuclear weapons will perform as required ... ....

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