"Sisters Christian Academy is the vision of a group of parents who recognized the value of consistent Christian Education. Their belief is that training must begin in the home, continue in the church, and be reinforced in the school.
Sisters Christian Academy has been established to support the educational values of home and church by providing solid Christian training and education.
There are three principles upon which the education philosophy is based:
All education would have the person of Jesus as its central focus. He is the truth, and every learning experience should revolve around Him. Our desire is to see every student make a personal commitment of his life to Jesus Christ.
All academic studies should be founded upon the principles of God's Word.
Therefore, we will teach that all knowledge is interrelated and can instruct us about God Himself. The aim of the Christian school is to prepare each student for life academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually.
All courses should encourage each student in the practice of God's will. For God
desires us to love Him with our minds, our hearts, our soul, and our strength.
Therefore, we will seek to encourage enthusiasm, steadfastness, and quality
academic work with a high standard of conduct.
Sisters Christian Academy seeks to teach all subjects in the light of a Biblical worldview, but it will also follow a classical model in the development of its program. What are some of the characteristics of a classical school?
Generally speaking, educational philosophies fall into two basic models: the cognitive/ developmental model and the behavioral model. The cognitive/developmental 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 early and middle parts of this century.
The model that most influences our schools and our teacher training today is the behavioral model which emphasizes child-centered education or progressive education. This is a system of teaching based on the needs and potentials of the child, rather than on the needs of society or the precepts of religion. The cognitive aspect is generally limited to memorization.
Sisters Christian Academy will use a cognitive/developmental model commonly referred to as the Classical model. The Classical model best respects the developmental stages of a child's learning abilities and teaches in such a way to take advantage of and build upon those natural developmental stages. The Classical model is built upon the Trivium used in the Middle Ages. This Trivium consists of three parts: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric, that correspond to the developmental stages of children. Grammar, which involves the 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 â€œwhyâ€? things are a certain way. Rhetoric, learning to express what the student thinks, is taught in the upper high school years to help the students 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.
Subjects would be taught with an attempt to develop understanding, wisdom and thinking ability. In a study of Noah Webster, the behavioral model calls for memorizing facts such as his date of birth and major accomplishments with all of the information provided from one or two sources followed by a test to see if the basic facts are memorized. The Classical model would focus more on understanding the factors that led to Webster's accomplishments, who
his contemporaries were, who or what most influenced his thoughts, and where he fits on the timeline of history.
Information would be gathered from two or more sources (usually biographies), with a report or project to give the student a â€œhands on experienceâ€? with something that Webster did. Tests would look for the student's understanding of the man, his views, and his relevance in history.
Specific characteristics of the Classical model include teaching Latin and logic. The study of Latin provides a foundation for understanding English vocabulary, learning a foreign language, and understanding technical terms in science and medicine. It also helps students understand the cultural imprint of our Greco/Roman heritage. The study of logic helps students understand the ordered relationship between particulars or ideas. The Classical model excels in an understanding of the normal phases that students go
through and relies on disciplines that have proven successful in ages past such as logic, Latin and debate to best educate the child. It is the most successful application of the cognitive/developmental model throughout history, and was the standard for education until the more recent introduction of the behavioral model.
Sisters Christian Academy will follow the Classical model. However, we know that students who enroll in SCA will come with different educational experiences: private school, public school, and even home school. For this reason teachers will plan lessons, which will meet the needs of all students. Classes will be challenging but any student who works diligently will be successful."
Excerpted from the preschool's website