What is a Classical Christian Education?
Classical Christian education develops the mind and spirit through Christian Scholarship using the Trivium. Trivium refers to the three stages (or ways) of learning: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. These stages align with a child’s cognitive development as he matures. This model develops critical thinking skills and engages a student’s natural curiosity, allowing him to become a lifelong learner. Classical Education has been practiced since the ancient times. It has produced some of the greatest leaders of history including the founding fathers of the United States of America.
Classical education emphasizes language proficiency (reading, grammar, spelling), Latin, the Bible, history, and mathematics. These subjects are supplemented with science, music, art, drama, and physical education.
How does Classical Education compare with modern education?
- Modern vs. Classical
- A decision for parents
Abraham Kuyper once said, “Christ claims that there is not an inch of ground in the world of which he does not say, ‘It is mine!'” The Bible teaches us that Christ is the Creator, Redeemer, and Reconciler of all things (Col 1:16-20). At Veritas, we believe that a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the key to knowledge and wisdom, since all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom are hidden in Christ (Col. 2:3).
We believe that true education takes place as the teachers and the staff embody a Christ-centered life and biblical worldview. Teachers are selected based on high academic standards as well as qualities of effectively shepherding a child’s heart and building them up in the image of Christ.
At Veritas, all subjects are taught under the premise that all truth is God’s truth whether it is found in general revelation, biblical revelation, or kernels of truth found in ancient philosophies or classical literature. Each subject is taught and integrated as much as possible with other subjects. Each student is encouraged to ask the deepest and the most important questions of life and discover its relevance to the most mundane details of life.
Veritas Classical Academy believes that it exists to reinforce the parental authority and responsibility of raising their children in the Lord. Accordingly, Veritas values and encourages parental involvement in the school and works with the parents to build up a Christ-centered family at home.
Veritas prizes the education of the whole person. Jesus has called us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength” (Mt. 22:37), a command given especially in the context of raising children (Dt. 6:4-9). This is achieved by applying the trivium, presenting information in a way that matches where children are developmentally.