Classical Christian Education
Classical Christian education is an approach to learning which emphasizes biblical teachings and incorporates a teaching model known as the Trivium, which consists of the three stages of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
Classical education complements a child’s natural development stages. Young children can memorize information easily. So, in the early years, we incorporate songs, body movement, recitation, and exploration to enhance learning. This sets them up for success in their next stage of learning.
In middle school, students tend to ask “why” as they grow in their critical thinking skills. You may have noticed how they love to debate! So, we cut with the grain of the student and introduce formal logic giving them lots of opportunity to practice this skill in all other subjects.
Once a student reaches high school, he becomes more self-aware and considers how others perceive him. It is now time for teaching rhetoric, the art of presenting ideas, and to cultivate wisdom in the student. The young adult is now capable of using this broad foundation of knowledge to carefully consider the moral implications of his actions upon the world around him.
In short, classical Christian education leads all students toward extraordinary outcomes. We graduate students who know how to think for themselves, are confident, articulate and defend their ideas and beliefs winsomely, and engage in the world around them with respect and responsibility.
Educational Philosophy (Click to Expand)
The educational approach of Cary Christian School, Inc., as defined below is fundamentally different from government-operated education both in philosophy and content. Cary Christian School recognizes that an excellent education is founded upon disciplined, eager attention to learning; that this discipline rests upon the student’s moral character; and that this moral character can only be developed through a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. In support of parents’ God-given responsibility for educating their children, Cary Christian School seeks to:
- Provide a clear model of Christian life through its staff and board members (Matt. 22:37-40);
- Encourage every student to begin and to continue to develop a relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:18-20);
- Teach all subjects from a biblical worldview as parts of an integrated whole with the Scripture at the center (II Tim. 3:6-17);
- Provide students with a classical education, in which grammar (the fundamental facts and rules of each subject), logic (the ordered relationship of particulars in each subject), and rhetoric (the expression in speech and writing of the ideas of a subject) are emphasized in all subject areas;
- Encourage all students to develop wisdom, discernment, and a love for learning. Children will be taught how to learn for themselves and how to express what they have learned; how to think rather than simply what to think;
- Provide an orderly and safe atmosphere conducive to attaining these goals. Concerning the teaching of origins, we affirm that God created everything out of nothing and that He created it good. Christians have differed as to the age of the earth based upon the Genesis 1 account of creation. Various interpretations which affirm the inerrant character of Genesis 1 can be held by faithful Christians.
Organizational Philosophy (Click to Expand)
The mission of this organization is academic excellence within a biblical worldview. To carry out this mission, Cary Christian School, Inc., adheres to the following principles:
- Commits to operating with efficiency and excellence;
- Maintains respect for the individual and insists upon graciousness in all interactions at every level of the organization;
- Encourages a decentralized form of administration where decisions are made and responsibility is taken for those decisions at the lowest possible level of the organization. This organizational principle of delegation is intended to reduce administrative overhead and empower the individuals involved in a particular process to have the primary input to improve it (Ex. 18:13-27);
- Regards parents as customers of Cary Christian School and teachers as having board-delegated authority in the classroom;
- Encourages parents to be active supporters of the educational process;
- Commits to resolve disputes that arise out of or relate to its organizational documents by biblically based mediation (Matt. 18:15-20, I Cor. 6:1-8).
If necessary, legally binding arbitration shall be in accordance with the Rule of Procedure for Christian Conciliation of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. These biblical methods of dispute resolution shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising out of the Articles of Incorporation or the Bylaws of Cary Christian School, Inc.