What is Christian, classical education?

The goal of a Christian classical education is to educate students in the wisdom of the ages for the sake of Christ’s kingdom.

But what does that really mean, and how do we do it?

Our children live in a bewildering world—where technology paradoxically connects users to the other side of the globe, while heightening feelings of isolation, a world where the virtues have less and less meaning; where politics decreasingly serves the public good; where any sense of heritage increasingly crumbles into chaos; and where increasing violence and economic instability renders the future uncertain.  

So how can we equip our children to live well in this world? 

At The Saint Timothy School, we believe that to address the problems of the present, we must look backward as well as forward. An education rooted in the accumulated wisdom of thousands of years is still available. It is the education of our forefathers—the education which has shaped leaders for generations, and is still doing just that.  

The goal of a classical, Christian education is to cultivate the whole person. This education stands on three legs: outstanding academics in a tutorial-style setting, a rigorous and broad arts program, and (last but most importantly) true spiritual formation.

Our highest goal is that our students know and love the truth. Our small size allows our teachers work individually with students on a daily basis, training them towards mastery. Daily, our students grapple with the best that has been written and thought, finding their own places within that tradition. They learn the difference between "self-expression" and "the self expressing truth, beautifully."

We believe that the arts are essential to a sacramental attitude and worldview. The musical arts (choir, and orchestra), the fine and manual arts (drawing and hand tools shop), and the dramatic arts shape our students' loves. As knowledge transforms the mind, so beauty woos the heart, and goodness draws desire.

Articles & Essays

Included here are articles and essays on classical education as well as issues relating to the Christian Faith and Western culture.

The What and Why of a Classical Education  by Susan Wise Bauer. Just what is a “classical” education, and why should I want it for my child? In answer to that we offer this excerpt from The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer.

The Lost Tools of Learning  by Dorothy Sayers. In this essay, Miss Sayers suggests that we presently teach our children everything but how to learn. She proposes that we adopt a suitably modified version of the medieval scholastic curriculum for methodological reasons.

The Abolition of Man  by C.S. Lewis. A masterful reflection on the state of modern education. This is a free PDF version of the book in its entirety.

A Christian Mind  by Harry Blamires.

 

Education Sites

Circe Institute - The mission of the CiRCE Institute is to support teachers and parents who want to cultivate wisdom and virtue in their students through the truths of Christian classical education.

St. Andrew’s Academy - One of our sister schools located in Chester/Lake Almanor, Northern California.

Good Shepherd School - One of our sister schools located in Tyler, Texas.

Holy Communion Christian Academy - Located in North Dallas, Texas. Holy Communion Christian Academy is Church of the Holy Communion's parochial, not-for-profit preschool for children ages preschool through kindergarten offering an individualized and developmentally appropriate curriculum with highly qualified teachers . The school offers a low teacher-student ratio in large classrooms and an inviting playground in a 10,000 square foot facility located on the Church of the Holy Communion campus.