Classical Christian Education
Classical Christian schools teach all subjects based on the principle that God is the Creator of all that exists, and therefore all knowledge is interrelated and points back to Him. Biblical standards of conduct are applied in all arenas of school life, acknowledging that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. The schools acknowledge that God has given parents the responsibility for the education of their children and that the schools instruct those students under the parents’ delegated authority. Most graduates remain faithful to Christ even through college and have a heart to serve others.
Classical Christian schools use the children’s God-given strengths at each stage of growth to help them learn; young children enjoy memorizing, singing, and rhymes, so a solid foundation is laid in each subject of study at this age; junior high students are inquisitive, so we develop their ability to reason and discern truth; high school students want to talk, so we teach them how to present their ideas persuasively. The result is a graduate who knows what they believe and why, and can positively impact the community around them.
Time-tested method and content
Classical Christian schools develop skills to equip students to be lifetime learners by teaching students that every subject is comprised of certain defining facts with an orderly organization of the information, and a concise and persuasive way in which to present the acquired material. This method of instruction has been in use for hundreds of years, and is the means which produced most of history’s great thinkers; it is the new “old-way” of educating students with a long history of success. Graduates are familiar with reading, writing, Latin, logic, math, science, rhetoric, and the fine arts resulting in gracious, knowledgeable, and thoughtful men and women.
Students are capable of achieving much more than is commonly thought, and therefore classical Christian schools have high expectations for student learning. Students learn to love the subjects that their teachers love and cheerfully follow the godly example of their instructors. Students with a classical Christian education experience the personal satisfaction that is inherent in mastering a difficult task.
A classical Christian school is a community of parents and teachers who share a commitment for teaching children to love learning and grow in godliness. Smaller class sizes ensure that teachers know their students and are better able to serve them individually. Students know they are loved and not just another face in the crowd while openly manifesting deep appreciation and respect for their parents and teachers.
Statistics at a Glance for Students Enrolled in Association of Classical Christian Education (ACCS) Schools
By 1994, the Association of Classical Christian Schools (The ACCS) was founded to help meet the overwhelming demand for training and information on classical Christian education. By the 2000’s, hundreds of classical Christian schools were serving tens of thousands of students. This unprecedented restoration changed the landscape of Christian education in the U.S.
Classical Christian education nurtures the next generation of believers to live a life marked by a deeper understanding of Christ, His universe, His people, and His way.
And college readiness is an added blessing.
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The story of ACCS Schools
For two millenia, classical Christian education quietly and instrumentally laid the foundations for Christian culture and the West.
Then, a century ago, that all changed. Progressive educators repurposed American education to meet national goals, not Christian ones. By the 1980’s, the loss was profound. It spurred the founding of one of the first classical Christian schools in over two generations. Twelve years after Douglas Wilson founded Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, he published Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning (1992). The book’s title was taken from a 1940’s essay written by Dorothy Sayers while at Oxford, which decried the loss of the classical tradition and asked the question:
“Is not the great defect of our education today… that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils ‘subjects,’ we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think.”
Starting in kindergarten, classical Christian schools purposefully bring every classroom experience—about 16,000 hours worth—to bear on our mission: Making a difference in the real world.