Since we seek to ennoble each individual child for a stronger and richer relationship with God and man, our primary distinctive is that we offer a classical education. Some would understand this as simply an education in the traditional liberal arts (which originally included the sciences). A classical education is concerned foremost with teaching the tools and techniques of learning rather than with merely the transferal of information. The goal is to cultivate life-long learners, not merely the production of future employees. We want to equip young men and women with the character and the skills to mature independently of their parents and their school.
Another distinctive of our academic program is we make two necessary and critical assumptions. First, we believe all truth is God’s Truth. There is a unity to truth. The earliest Christians did not jettison every cultural feature of the world they inhabited. Instead, they discerned the true, good, and beautiful elements of the Greco-Roman world and harnessed them for use in the advancement of God’s kingdom. Some examples are the Roman’s technological innovation of building roads and the Greek literary models for writing history. As students move through the academic program, we believe they will increasingly see the unified infrastructure of the sum of God’s creation and thereby gain a greater understanding of the one true, beautiful, and good God. More than merely wanting to be a doctor or musician or lawyer but to be balanced and well-rounded people, who also possess a strong aptitude and skill in medicine or music or law.
We also assume there are necessary and helpful priorities in a good foundational education. God made us to be preeminently relational creatures and so we believe in the primacy of words and language in our curriculum. The natural sciences are also important because God made the laws that govern the universe, and it is a joy and wonder to observe and understand them. Though the Natural Sciences are broadly significant, we believe mathematics is more important as a foundation. Why? It is the “language” through which the various sciences relate to each other most precisely. Finally, the Fine Arts are an integral part of a well-rounded education for all students rather than an elective for some. It is through the Fine Arts that a child learns to appreciate more clearly the forms of visual and musical beauty.
We believe many things are good to know but not all things are equally important to know. For example, Biblically revealed Truth is the pinnacle of important content. Also, the classic works of literature standing the test of time have a priority of importance over more recent good books. We believe there is a common literary and cultural body of knowledge more important and more relevant for a young person growing up in a world whose definition of a great civilization is permeated by the standards of the Western tradition. For this reason, we avoid trying to offer too many subjects. Multum non multa (much, not many) is our guiding principle. We focus on doing the fundamentals well and entrust the magnificent and diverse other things of God’s world to the broader and future experience of our students.