In pursuance of academic and moral excellence we seek out well-written materials that help our students develop academic skills and equip them to see the world from a Christian point of view. 

Bible

Because we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God our students take Bible class every year. Students take overview courses that cover every book of the Bible and also spend time digging deep into individual books. For example, students spend a whole year on the Gospels and another year  studying the Epistles. Additionally, students regularly memorize Bible verses. 

English

Our English classes follow the Shurley Method. The Shurley Method uses a step-by-step approach to language arts skills. The curriculum employs jingles to teach students the parts of speech. With the question and answer flow approach, students learn sentence structure by identifying and labeling parts of a sentence. Then students apply that knowledge by writing and revising their own practice sentences, paragraphs, and essays. We really like the Shurley Method because it helps students master fundamental grammatical concepts. This in turn allows students to better understand difficult texts and to clearly and precisely communicate their own thoughts.

History

At the core of our history curriculum is Susan Wise Bauer’s masterful four volume The Story of the World series. In this series students begin with the ancient world, move through the Medieval and Renaissance Ages into modernity, and conclude in our contemporary age. All the while they engage in a number of different projects that help them to go deeper into the material. This series gives them the necessary background that they need to read original sources in their high school omnibus classes. In addition to this, students spend two years studying American history and spend time throughout learning world geography.  

Latin

Students in both grade school and middle school study Latin. Some wonder what benefits there are in studying a dead language. The fact is, studying Latin has a number of benefits. To begin with, because a majority of our English words have Latin roots, studying Latin helps students with reading comprehension and increases their vocabulary. The curriculum we use, Latin for Children, is designed to match up with what students learn in Shurley English, which in turn allows them to understand grammatical concepts and the logic of various sentence structures from multiple angles. Studying Latin also helps prepare students to study other language. Finally, the study of Latin trains students to think logically. These benefits are not theoretical, but clear and proven and demonstrated in the fact that students that have studied or are studying Latin consistently score higher on standardized tests and college entrance exams.

Logic

Students in middle school take logic. Logic helps students to reason correctly. Logic is essential not just to the study of geometry, history, and philosophy, but to the interpretation of the Bible and participation in a democracy. Without logic students are left helpless to the propaganda of sophists that seek to manipulate them through emotional appeals and fine sounding arguments. A firm grounding in logic allows students to understand their beliefs, defend them, and discourse intelligently with those that disagree. Moreover, it allows them to identify false beliefs whether those beliefs are stated by friends, advertisers, or politicians. Logic used to form the backbone of a child’s education. Many schools no longer teach logic. The spending habits, voting patterns, and overall behavior of a number of our citizens demonstrate clearly the consequences of our discontinuance of this discipline. We recognize the need for clear and right thinking and for that reason we continue to formally instruct our students in logic.

Literature

"The man who is contented to be only himself, and therefore less a self, is in prison. My own eyes are not enough for me, I will see through those of others . . . in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad of eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.” -C. S. Lewis

Literature ignites imagination and sparks creativity. As Lewis asserted, in reading great literature we transcend our individual selves and in so doing grow as individuals. In obeisance to Common Core Standards many schools are moving away from literature towards non-fiction. Non-fiction has an important place, but without great stories people become wooden and machine like. In our desire to educate the whole person we continue to put a premium on literature, especially on the works that have proven themselves over time to be among the world's best. 

Mathematics

Using Saxon Math allows us to teach new concepts incrementally. Instead of overwhelming students with all the new steps for a new concept, Saxon Math builds on what they already know. This incremental approach allows for and encourages student discovery. Instead of being told what they need to know, students are challenged to figure out the next step based on what they have already discovered and learned. Moreover, Saxon Math provides for mixed practice that allows students to constantly and consistently review what they have learned in previous lessons. This ensures that they will remember the fundamental and essential mathematical concepts and skills that they will need as they advance in their studies.

Penmanship

The formal teaching of penmanship has become passé in many schools. However, we recognize that there are a number of benefits in learning cursive so we continue to teach it to our students. Research shows that learning to write in cursive improves brain development in the areas of thinking, language, and memory. This is because cursive handwriting stimulates brain synapses and synchronicity between the left and right hemispheres, something absent from printing and typing. As a result, the physical act of writing in cursive leads to increased reading comprehension. Writing in cursive also leads to increased hand eye coordination and neurological development.

Reading

We use the tried and true phonics method in teaching literacy. Students also read a number of classic texts that are not only well-written, but full of wisdom, truth, and characters worthy of emulation and imitation.

Science

 God's world is amazing! In our science classes we seek to fill our students with awe of God's great creation. We use the the Exploring Creation series and cover a number of different scientific fields including land animals, sea animals, botany, and human anatomy and physiology. In middle school students also take a semester of health. 

Specials

All students take art, music, and physical education classes. The student choir participates in two annual performances.

Spelling & Vocabulary

Students formally study spelling using Matt Whitling's The Grammar of Spelling. Students study vocabulary in context as they read works of literature. 

World Views

We believe it is not enough to know the fundamentals of our faith, students must know the good reasons for believing what they do and must be taught to clearly and winsomely communicate the truths of the Gospel. To do this students must understand what other people think and how Christianity differs from other philosophies and views of the world.