Why Classical Christian Education?
Classical Christian education uses methods and content that develops thinking, articulate, well-rounded graduates. Classical, Christian schools provide the best possible education to help every child reach their God-given potential.
Since the earliest days of formal education, Christians have recognized that the stages of the trivium also align with the biblical concepts of knowledge, understanding and wisdom: “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches” (Proverbs 24:3-4). In today’s Christ-centered classical classrooms, early in the grammar stage, students begin to hide the Word of God in their hearts by memorizing scripture; they learn the stories of scripture alongside their history timelines and study the characters of the Bible as well as the marvelous character of our God. As students progress into the logic stage, classes begin to focus on understanding what we believe as Christians, why we believe it, and how the truth and tenets of Christianity effect the daily lives of believers, flowing into their actions and interactions with others. As students mature, they formally study comparative worldview and apologetics so that they might be more fully equipped to use their rhetoric training for the purposes and glory of our God. Recognizing that “the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding,” a Christ-centered classical education approaches all learning and instruction through the light of God’s truth (Proverbs 2:6). Therefore, throughout a child’s experience in a Christ-centered classical school, all subjects – history, literature, science – are placed in the context of God’s truth and examined for what they reveal about us, our God, and our relationship with Him. Thus, the Christ-centered classical model proves uniquely effective in training students to love the LORD their God with their minds and in equipping them as ambassadors for Christ and agents of His redemption in our fallen world.
I. Age-specific K–12 learning
Classical Christian schools use the children’s God-given strengths at each stage of growth to help them learn; young children enjoy memorizing, singing, and rhymes, so a solid foundation is laid in each subject of study at this age; junior-high students are inquisitive, so we develop their ability to reason and discern truth; and high-school students want to talk, so we teach them how to present their ideas persuasively. The result in a graduate that knows what they believe and why and can positively impact the community around them.
II. Time-tested method and content
Classical Christian schools develop skills to equip students to be lifetime learners by teaching students that every subject is comprised of certain defining facts with an orderly organization of the information, and a concise and persuasive way in which to present the acquired material. This method of instruction has been in use for hundreds of years, and is the means which produced most of history’s great thinkers; it is the new “old-way” of educating students with a long history of success. Graduates are familiar with reading, writing, Latin, logic, math, science, rhetoric, and the fine arts resulting in gracious, knowledgeable, and thoughtful men and women.
III. Christ-centered curriculum
Classical Christian schools teach all subjects based on the principle that God is the Creator of all that exists, and therefore all knowledge is interrelated and points back to Him. Biblical standards of conduct are applied in all arenas of school life, acknowledging that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. The schools acknowledge that God has given parents the responsibility for the education of their children and that the schools instruct those students under the parents’ delegated authority. Most graduates remain faithful to Christ even through college and have a heart to serve others.
IV. Academically rigorous
Students are capable of achieving much more than is commonly thought, and therefore classical Christian schools have high expectations for student learning. Students learn to love the subjects that their teachers love and cheerfully follow the godly example of their instructors. Students with a classical Christian education experience the personal satisfaction that is inherent in mastering a difficult task.
V. Nurturing community
A classical Christian school is a community of parents and teachers who share a commitment for teaching children to love learning and growing in godliness. Smaller class sizes ensure that teachers know their students and are better able to serve them individually. Students know they are loved and not just another face in the crowd while openly manifesting deep appreciation and respect for their parents and teachers.
The first years of schooling are called the “grammar stage” — not because you spend four years doing English, but because these are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid, just as grammar is the foundation for language.
The second phase of the classical education, the “Logic Stage,” is a time when the child begins to pay attention to cause and effect, to the relationships between different fields of knowledge relate, to the way facts fit together into a logical framework.
The final phase of a classical education, the “Rhetoric Stage,” builds on the first two. At this point, the high school student learns to write and speak with force and originality. The student applies the rules of logic and expresses his conclusions concisely.
Students enrolled in Classical Christian Schools across the country consistently outperform the national average on the ACT. This allows Classical Christian students to gain acceptance into the college or university of their choice, and pursue numerous academic scholarships.
Students enrolled in Classical Christian Schools across the country consistently outperform the national average on the SAT. This allows Classical Christian students to gain acceptance into the college or university of their choice, and pursue numerous academic scholarships.