Our philosophy of education is two pronged: The University Model is our structure of education and our approach to teaching is classical.
In Grammar School
years, we endeavor to lay a solid foundation that will give our students the necessary tools to be successful in the Logic and Rhetoric stages and wherever God leads beyond that. We seek to do this by:
- Sharing the gospel early and often by weaving the Gospel into all areas of study. As we do this it is our hope that students will learn that "Christ is the light through which we see and understand everything."* It is our chief aim that they should understand that Christ is their greatest need.
- Building godly character into our students by examining godly character attributes as a school and recognizing that it is our inward values that determine our outward actions.
- Developing a love of learning during this early stage of their education through the employment of hands on learning, multi-sensory materials, manipulatives, great literature, song, etc.
- Creating a strong foundation in mathematics and language arts that will serve them well in all their future studies.
During the Logic School
years, the student expands on the knowledge acquired during the grammar years. At this level, the student possesses a greater ability to think critically and deeply about subjects, both academic and otherwise. At this stage, teaching methods tend to shift from songs and chants to discussion, debate, and argument. Students continue to exercise the "tools" that they acquired in Grammar School, but the emphasis becomes the new dialectic tools. Students are taught socratically in a classroom environment which fosters inquiry, discussion, and debate, with an emphasis on reason and analysis. This emphasis corresponds with the middle-school student’s bent toward exploration, questioning, and a desire for deeper understanding.
Please see the Additional Reading
section of our website to find more information about the required and recommended reading pertaining to the University Model and Classical Education.
* "Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning" by Douglas Wilson