What Is a Classical Christian Education?
Updated: Feb 7, 2020
If you’ve spent more than a moment on this blog or on our full website, you know that Windsor Christian Academy provides a classical Christian education. This is, in the simplest terms, what that means:
Time-tested methods: A classical education takes its basic structure from the education system of the middle ages. Students were trained in three stages, with the goal of producing adults with the ability to think critically, reason well, seek truth, and learn proactively throughout all of life.
Individualized education: While Windsor offers the benefits small class sizes that allow teachers to know and help their students as individuals, a Christian classical education offers this in its very structure. In the three phases of a classical education, learning plays to a child’s developmental strengths at each age, and the knowledge that each child bears the image of God is the surest foundation for valuing them as individuals.
Early Latin grammar education: Latin is taught beginning in kindergarten to equip each student with an understanding of language itself. Latin specifically provides an excellent foundation for further studies in many subjects, since it is the basis for much of our vocabulary. A knowledge of Latin also proves its worth when our students begin to study Spanish in middle school and possibly other romance languages in their studies beyond Windsor.
Integrated education: Learning is approached as an integrated whole: subjects are not kept in separate, airtight compartments. Students are encouraged to see how all subjects are interrelated, since as Christians we know that all truth is God’s truth.
Lifelong learners: The goal of education is not mere mastery of a set of facts, which may be remembered or forgotten, but equipping each student to love learning and know how to go about learning on his or her own for the rest of life, to the glory of God.
Want to read more?
We cannot recommend too highly the essay “The Lost Tools of Learning,” by Dorothy Sayers. You can read it in its entirety on any number of sites or glance over our summary and outline here.