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The Classical Model

Cheryl Swope, author of Simply Classical, states

“Classical education is a return to a pedagogy that helps children to appreciate learning, think well, and cultivate a godly character. Classical educators believe that an educated person with a well-formed mind will be equipped for any station in life and any chosen career. After a student has received a foundational education, the student can specialize as needed.” (94)

In all its levels, programs, and teaching, Redeemer Classical Christian School seeks to provide a Classical and Christ-centered education. A Classical Education is provided by:

  • Emphasizing grammar, logic, and rhetoric in all subjects, which are described as follows:
     
    • Grammar Stage (Grades K - 6): The fundamental facts and rules of each subject.
       
    • Logic (Grades 7 - 9): The ordered relationship of particulars in each subject.
       
    • Rhetoric (Grades 10-12): The clear expression and application of the grammar and logic of each subject may be clearly expressed.
       
  • Encouraging every student to develop a love for learning and live up to his or her academic potential. By virtue of its definition, the classical model is both academically challenging and developmentally appropriate.
     
  • Providing an orderly atmosphere conducive to the attainment of the above goals. 

A Biblical World and Life View is provided by:

  • Teaching all subjects as part of an integrated whole with the Scriptures at the center. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
     
  • Providing a clear model of the Biblical Christian life though our staff and board. (Matthew 22:37-40)
     
  • Encouraging every student to begin and develop his or her relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 19:13-15)
     
  • Providing a means for parents to involve themselves in the educational development of their children. (Deuteronomy 6:6,7)

“Classical education desires for students to think, discern, reason, and aspire…The classical educator believes that the discipline of studies such as algebra has worth in itself for the formation of mind and character. The study of mathematics or Latin is an exercise for the mind. A strengthened mind will be used for an entire life. Formative education requires effort and commitment. It demands perseverance from both the teacher and the student, but the benefits last a lifetime.” (Swope 95, 96)