Before the mid-eighteenth century, instilling a Christian Worldview or “Paideia” was the purpose of nearly all Western education. This was based, in part, on Ephesians 6 that commands fathers to raise their children in “the discipline and instruction (paideia) of the Lord.” Education sought to bring an inner transformation to the student. It cultivated the students’ habits of thought and action in order to view the world with certain foundational truths and thereby align their desires with God’s ideal. Classical Christian education’s objective, then, is to shape the virtues and reason in our students so that they will be in line with God’s will. In other words, our objective is to cultivate a Christian Paideia in students. Tens of thousands of parents are embracing classical Christian K-12 schools because they can see the difference. Classical Christian Education starts with a different purpose and ends with different results than conventional education.
We use children’s God-given strengths at each stage of growth to help them learn; young children (grades K-6) enjoy memorizing, so a solid foundation is laid in each subject of study using repetition, singing, and rhymes. Handwriting, grammar, spelling, and math skills are practiced and mastered.
Junior high students are inquisitive and naturally begin to develop logical thinking skills. Our students take three semesters of Logic to cultivate and better form their ability to analyze information critically and arrange facts into organized statements and arguments.
High school students are ready to talk, so we teach them the art of communicating well. They take the knowledge they’ve learned and express themselves articulately and persuasively through speech and papers. The result is a fully educated graduate who knows what they believe and why, and can positively impact the community around them.
Our students study and memorize scripture from Preschool through Grade 12. The study of the Bible is not limited to a Bible class, but is integrated into all subjects as a tool to be memorized, studied, and understood. We view the Bible as God-breathed and inerrant.
Articles for additional reading:
- What does it mean to be a Classical Christian School: https://classicalchristian.org/classical-education-in-the-accs/?v=a44707111a05
- What is a Biblical Worldview/Paideia? https://westsideacademy.org/faith/christian-worldview/
- Prepared for Life, Association of Classical Christian Schools report on College Readiness: https://classicalchristian.org/measure-it/?v=a44707111a05
If you desire additional reading, we recommend the following books:
- “Recovering The Lost Tools of Learning”, by Douglas Wilson
- “Shaping Hearts and Minds: Why it Matters Where Your Child Goes to School”, by Monica Whatley, Dr. Shawn Whatley
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