Why Classical Education?
What does “classical” mean? Contrary to what it might sound like, “classical” does not mean old-fashioned, elitist or boring. The name refers to the Classical period in history when people like Aristotle and Socrates shaped an educational model with the loftiest of goals: human flourishing.
Classical Christian education teaches students to think for themselves, to pursue virtue (not merely behavior), and to communicate with eloquence in writing and speaking.
Classical Christian education is inherently transformational. By being immersed in the truths of the gospel and the great ideas of Western culture, students are changed. Teaching for wisdom and virtue, rather than mere vocation, alters the focus of education to who we become, not what we know. Few, if any, educational philosophies make such a claim. But, in classical Christian education, transformation is the noble aim of everything we do. We seek, with the Apostle Paul, to be “transformed by the renewal” of our minds (Rom. 12:1-2).
We study the great works of literature, engage in vigorous Socratic debate (mostly in Upper School, although Grammar school students are laying the groundwork for these skills), learn critical thinking skills and how to ask the big questions.
Classical education teaches students how to learn so they are equipped to pursue whatever they want to learn for the rest of their lives.
Using the Bible as our foundation and standard of Truth, Covenant weaves a Christian worldview into every subject in a student’s day. God is not confined to our daily chapel services and Bible classes.
- We see His beauty and character reflected in the symmetry of an algebraic equation as clearly as in a masterpiece painting.
- We learn about the doctrine of human depravity while reading classical literature.
- We learn about integrity and perseverance that honors God on the athletic field and in the mock trial court room.
In the end, we’ve summed up our goals for our students in our Portrait of a Graduate. You can see these guiding principles below, or read the full version here. The Portrait of a Graduate guides our curriculum choices, our hiring decisions, even the talks we have with students who find themselves in the principal’s office on a not-so-good day.
Our sights are set on long-range goals that are not accomplished in a day, a year, or even at graduation. It is sometimes messy, complicated, meandering work. Only the Holy Spirit can truly accomplish what we are aiming for: students who grow up to glorify God with their lives.
We are privileged to partner with parents who share these goals.
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