Grateful for Growth

The start of a new decade, marked by 2020, has certainly not unfolded the way any of us anticipated. Between the pandemic, wildfires, and a challenging election year, it is easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. However, Paul reminds us in Colossians 3:17, “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” When the Lord Jesus becomes the lens through which we labor, we cannot help but look back and give thanks with grateful hearts for all He has done.Since the humble beginnings of Arma Dei…

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Arma Dei Academy’s Portrait of a Graduate

Why a Portrait of a Graduate? Beginning with the end in mind, we sought to determine what an Arma Dei 12th grade graduate should look like. The ideal graduate of a classical Christian school should be marked by a noticeable refinement of manner and intellect. He will be first and foremost committed to his Christian purpose in life, and will love and live the Christian virtues. He will be competent in language, mathematics, natural philosophy (science), philosophy, and theology, and be prepared and interested in studying them further. He will think well, with Christian presuppositions in all areas of his life.…

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Teaching Science from a Biblical Worldview by Dr. Ault

Matthew 22:37 And he [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Training children’s hearts, souls, and minds to love the Lord means that they grow to acknowledge him in all of creation and everyday life. This applies to every subject taught, every game played, every word spoken. This is the highest aim of Christian educators and parents and is, in essence, a biblical worldview. The great Dutch prime minister and theologian Abraham Kuyper stated, “Oh, no single piece of our mental world is…

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Arma Dei Graduates: Armed for the Future

The culture of Arma Dei Academy is a direct product of faculty committed to Arma Dei's mission. The administration, teachers, and support staff at Arma Dei are committed to equipping the students God has entrusted to their care for lives of Christlike service to God and others. That fact necessarily produces a culture where students are consistently reminded of Christ's sacrificial service to his people and encouraged to emulate Christ in concrete acts of sacrificial service to one another. The pending addition of a School of Rhetoric at Arma Dei will provide faculty scope to put the finishing touches on students,…

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Why the Arma Dei Academy School of Rhetoric?

Admission to the School of Rhetoric is Open! When defining paideia (παιδεια), words such as education, training, and culture are often used. Other frequently used phrases are “Christian worldview” or “good character,” but paideia involves much, much more. It shapes what “a person loves, what they enjoy, and how they think and act.” Paideia is the ingredient in our hearts and minds that motivates the choices we make, determines how we see the world, and sustains our culture. Education is about soul formation, not just information. And this formation builds a culture. At Arma Dei, parents and teachers partner together to…

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Culminating the Classical Christian Education With the Complete Trivium

At the core of classical education is the trivium - the three phases of learning adapted to the three phases of development in our children - grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Since its inception in 2012, Arma Dei has operated as a K-8 school, committed to academic excellence and spiritual growth for students in the grammar and logic stages of development. In the grammar stage the emphasis is on memory work and obtaining knowledge about the facts. As students mature into the logic stage the emphasis turns towards gathering and interpreting information on its limitations and logical implications. Ultimately, the desire is…

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Homeschool Collaborative Program

As students of medieval history, 1st - 4th grade Collaborative students copied portions of Ephesians as monastic scribes, by quill and candlelight in a silent scriptorium, which was a room in medieval European monasteries devoted to the copying and illuminating of manuscripts. The word "scriptorium" literally means, "a place for writing," and in that sense, all of Arma Dei's classrooms are modern scriptoriums! The lesson continued into art class with Mrs. Van Steyn where students created illuminated lettering that typified medieval manuscripts. Arma Dei Academy's Homeschool Collaborative program is enrolling 1st - 4th grade students. Interested families are encouraged to visit…

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