Philosophy of Education
Sisters Christian Academy believes that training begins in the home, continues in the church, and is reinforced in the school. Sisters Christian Academy supports the educational values of home and church by providing solid Christian training.
1. All education has Jesus as its central focus. Our desire is to see every student make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.
2. All academic studies are founded upon the principles of God’s Word. All knowledge is interrelated and instructs about God Himself. The aim of the Christian school is to prepare each student academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually.
3. All courses encourage students in the practice of God’s will. We encourage enthusiasm, steadfastness, and quality academic work.
Sisters Christian Academy teaches all subjects from a Biblical point of view, while following a classical model in the development of its program. A classical model teaches a core of knowledge in a way that challenges the student’s thinking. It goes beyond the assimilation of facts to teach values, truth, decision-making, critical thinking skills, and to impart wisdom. This model was perfected in the 15th and 16th centuries and used to educate most of the great thinkers and artists of the Renaissance and early Reformation periods. This model was used almost exclusively until the middle of the 20th century.
The classical model best respects the developmental stages of a child’s learning abilities. The classical model is built upon the Trivium used in the Middle Ages. This Trivium consists of three parts: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. Grammar, involving memorization of basic facts about a subject, is taught to younger children who naturally love to chant, recite, and memorize. Dialectic, the study of formal logic and argumentation, fits with the middle and early high school child who is more argumentative and beginning to challenge “why” things are a certain way. Rhetoric, learning to express what the student thinks, is taught in the upper high school years to help the student express his or her thoughts and beliefs. The classical model includes all three elements at every grade level, but puts more emphasis on the element that fits the student developmentally.
The classical model teaches Latin and logic. The study of Latin provides a foundation for understanding English vocabulary and technical terms in science and medicine, and learning a foreign language. It also helps students understand our Greco/Roman heritage. The study of logic helps students understand the ordered relationship between particulars or ideas.