What is the chief end of man?
Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
– The Westminster Shorter Catechism
This also is our purpose in the education of our children: to glorify God and enjoy him forever. We aim to guide our children into thankful service to God through the study of truth, goodness, and beauty. We believe this path should be vigorous yet peaceful, full of both wonder and understanding. Our goal is students who understand their humanity, the world they live in, and whose hearts are tuned to praise their Creator God.
Come thou fount of every blessing,
Tune our hearts to sing Thy praise.
– Robert Robinson (hymn lyric)
We educate not only the minds, but also the souls and spirits of our children. All subjects are rooted in the truth, goodness, and beauty of God himself. In studying each subject as such, we lead our children to become disciples of Christ who can one day become disciple-makers. By delighting in hymns and scriptures and putting them to memory, we tune the hearts of our children to worship him. We use classical approaches in order to cultivate learned young men and women with rightly-ordered affections, who love to pursue wisdom and virtue and who seek to pattern after Christ.
Lay before them a feast exquisitely served.
– Charlotte Mason
In our postmodern age, the simple teaching of truth has become counter-cultural. We believe students should not only know that there is true history, science, and beauty, but should also know what it is. Additionally, what is good should be restored to its educational value, and beauty should be a knowable objective. The great masters of art, literature, and music are important in both familiarity to the student and as objects of imitation. By employing classical teaching strategies such as memory work, imitation, and mastery, and enlivening their studies through the reading of Great Books, we strengthen students’ minds and nurture their souls. We extol truth, virtue, and love, and lead students to encounter the true, good, and beautiful, all in order to live life well and with fullness.
A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
– James 3:18
Scholé means “restful learning,” which describes the atmosphere we aim to produce. Because education is a life-long pursuit, we must not only instill a love of learning and a love of the great works, but also a peaceful, restful mode of learning. This is achieved by delving into subjects deeply, through discussion, and through an environment of order.
Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
– Matthew 9:38
At the end of the day, we lay our teaching, philosophies, and children before our Creator God. Our community is made up of like-minded families, joining together to pursue a Christian classical education. We take up the call of Christ and pray earnestly that the Lord raise up laborers for his harvest.