"Our Philosophy of Education
The administration and faculty of West Georgia Christian Academy take seriously the privilege and responsibility to educate children. The essence of education is the development of the individual educationally, socially, and spiritually.
West Georgia Christian Academy has a Christian Philosophy of education, and believes that the foundation of all knowledge is God's truth and is Christ-centered.
The heart of education is understanding through analytical thinking. With this in mind, each subject taught at the academy is either chosen or authored with the highest academic quality in mind.
Our teachers are of high moral caliber and are prepared to give each student a thorough scholastic education. There is also a distinct emphasis on a Biblical Worldview and character development.
The academic emphasis is coupled with a central theme that God is the highest truth. The revelation and comprehension of any subject-whether it be the fundamentals of grammar or the advanced stages of biology-can be attained with a better knowledge of the Creator through our savior Jesus Christ.
The following is a comprehensive look at the focus of each subject:
Intensive phonics training, in contrast to the rote-memorization, sight-word method of beginning reading, trains students in analytical thinking. Students are given the rules and taught how to apply them to figure out words for themselves (think).
Reading lessons place the emphasis on reading for meaning. Students are expected to read every day. A teacher's questions and classroom quizzes require students to recall facts, see relationships, draw inferences, and make evaluations.
Grammar study requires students to figure out how the parts of a sentence go together to form a whole, how the parts are related to each other, and how ideas can be distinguished from supporting details.
Vocabulary training further sharpens students' thinking skills as they deal with the precise meanings of words and the history of their formation.
Literature helps students to fill their minds with thoughts from some of the world's greatest writers so that they may think great thoughts and learn to express them to others. The questions at the end of the selections involve students in all levels of thinking. Students develop the ability to skillfully analyze and assess literary works through a Christian world view.
Composition is thinking. When students are regularly required to work on a thesis sentence until its subject and predicate express exactly what the composition will attempt to prove, the students are getting some of the finest practice on thinking that they can get. When they write accurate definitions, classifications, analyses, and critiques, they're exercising thinking skills.
Spelling and handwriting free students' minds from the mechanics of the written language so that they can think.
History teaches students what man has done with the time God has given him, and what have been the consequences of man's thoughts and actions. It thus enables the student to make reasonable decisions for his or her life. High school students are capable of grasping and evaluating some of the important ideas that have shaped history. If students are not given, at the appropriate level, a chance to understand such ideas as determinism, pragmatism, humanism, existentialism, and rationalism, they are likely to be taken in by these ideas. A history lesson, properly taught, can give students invaluable lessons in how to think.
Science taught in a Christian perspective helps students to think God's thoughts after Him. It opens their minds to the wonders of creation and shows them how man can subdue the physical creation for the glory of God and the benefit of mankind. Learning the facts of science gives students the materials with which to think scientifically. Observing demonstrations, performing experiments, and completing science projects train them in the use of the scientific method. High school level science courses include basic science, biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology.
Traditional mathematics trains students to think clearly, precisely, and mathematically. It leads them to analyze problems, see connections and work for solutions. Learning the multiplication tables frees them to use arithmetic for solving daily problems. Learning higher mathematics trains them in logic. For high school students, we offer business math, pre-algebra, geometry, algebra I and II, advanced math (including trigonometry and pre-calculus), and calculus.
Bible class gives students the foundation of all wisdom. By means of teacher-directed Bible lessons for young children rather than workbook-directed lessons, we ensure that learning takes place in the affective as well as the cognitive domain. The Bible gives us the universal truths which are necessary for all thinking.
Thinking is hard work. It requires diligence, regularity, concentration, and persevering application. Students learn to concentrate and focus their attention only when trained by traditional methods.
At West Georgia Christian Academy, we have found that through these traditional learning methods our students score higher on standardized testing than the national average of students their age. Recent test results from the Standard Achievement Test and Otis-Lennon Ability Test show that 80% of WGCA students scored above grade level. And, 75% of our high school students scored "post high school" (college level) on the same test.
Excerpted from the preschool's website