ACA uses a classical Christian style of teaching and learning. We want to prepare our graduates not only to make a living, but also to make a profound difference in the world in which they emerge.
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Memorization & Recitation
Memorization sharpens the mind and instills volumes of knowledge producing wisdom.
Recitation develops poise and confidence with the ability to communicate effectively, persuasively, and with eloquence.
The following is from the Classical Christian Schools publication Discover Classical Christian Education – The Essential Guide for Parents Stages of a classical Christian education.
Obviously excited about learning
Enjoys games, stories, songs, projects
Short attention span
Wants to touch, taste, feel, smell and see
Imaginative and creative
Excited about new, interesting facts
Likes to explain,
figure out, talk
Wants to relate topic to their own experiences
Likes collections and organizing items
Likes clever chants
Can assimilate another language well
Still excitable but needs challenges
Critical, enjoys debate
Likes to organize items
Show off knowledge
Wants to know “behind the scenes” facts
Curious about why for most things
Act as though they are more knowledgeable than adults
In The Classroom
Guided discovery; explore; finds things; use lots of tactile items; sing; play games; chant; recite; color; draw; paint; build; use body movements; short creative projects; show and tell; drama; hear/read/tell stories; field trips.
Lots of hands-on work; projects; field trips; drama; make collections, displays, models; integrate subjects through above means; teach and assign research projects; recitations; memorization; drills, games.
Time lines, charts, maps, visual materials; debates, persuasive reports; drama re-enactments, role playing; evaluate and critique (with guidelines); formal logic; research projects; oral/written presentations; guest speakers; trips.
Age-specific K-12 learning
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; and 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.
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.
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 growing 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.
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