Classical Christian Education
Classical Christian education has a rich history and has produced some of the world's greatest leaders and thinkers, including many of our country's Founding Fathers. Used for milennia as a proven method for building sharp minds and a love of learning, the classical model was the dominant method of education in the Western world until the late 19th century.
The classical education model is intentionally structured to leverage the natural development and aptitude of students at every age. It equips students with the most important tools of learning: the ability to read, memorize, understand, think, reason, write persuasively, and speak eloquently. Classical methodology is built upon the three subjects (Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric) of the Trivium, which is Latin for “where three roads meet.” While each subject is taught across grades K-12, particular emphasis is given to grammar in the elementary school grades, logical thinking in the middle years, and rhetorical skills in high school.
Offering not just a classical approach to education, Mars Hill Academy is a uniquely classical and Christian school. Our entire curriculum is delivered from a Christian worldview deeply rooted in God's Word. Using the Bible as a primary learning tool and the lens through which they view the world around them, MHA students grow in their knowledge, understanding and love for God, and their desire to serve Him in all they do.
Mars Hill Academy graduates young men and women who have a deep understanding of their world; the ability to discern truth, beauty, and goodness; and the skills to think, learn, and influence the world for the glory of God.
We recommend the following resources to learn more about classical and Christian education:
- Association of Classical and Christian Schools
- Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning - A book by Douglas Wilson, leader of the CCE revival in the United States
- The Lost Tools of Learning - An essay by Dorothy Sayers
- A Classical Education: Back to the Future - An essay by Stanley Fish from the online Opinion Pages of The New York Times
- What is Christian Education? - An essay by Mars Hill Academy founder and School Board member Tom Thistleton
- Watch a brief video about classical education and another about Christian education at MHA
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