Philosophy of Education

Summit Classical Christian School believes any education must be based on Christian principles. True education flourishes when parents, teachers, and administrators properly understand the nature of learning, of children, and of schools.

 

Icon_Summit_LearningThe nature of learning.

True learning begins with an awareness of our position in relation to God, an understanding that all knowledge comes from Him, and that He alone defines what is right.

Reality
These doctrines of creation and providence clearly set forth the relationship of the created to the Creator. Neither creation as a whole nor any part thereof is autonomous. Only God is autonomous and all creation is wholly dependent upon and subject to Him. God and God alone is the ultimate reality and determiner of what is and what is not real.

Knowledge
Man cannot rightly know anything unless he understands it in reference to the God who originally conceived it. Thus man comes to know only by revelation from God. All revelation comes to man through Christ and all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.

Ethics
God alone is the standard of what is right and wrong, true and false. There is no ethical standard that is above or alongside God. His character is the basis for all ethical judgments. Every area of true learning must find its completeness as it converges on God. If Jesus Christ is excluded from our study, every process of thought will be arrested before it reaches its proper goal.

Icon_Summit_TeachThe way we teach.

A classical approach emphasizes the goal of giving children the educational tools to both learn and think for themselves. The classical emphasis is grounded on the three-fold approach to the tools of learning called the Trivium. The Trivium consists of the three foundational academic categories, or phases, that are consistent with the specific stages of development of the child: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. The grammar phase (K-5) emphasizes knowledge mastery and memorization. The logic phase (6-8) emphasizes principle comprehension and reasoning. The rhetoric phase (9-12) emphasizes expression and application.

In addition to laying out the stages of learning, the Trivium also provides a way to break down a subject of study for full comprehension. Every subject has aspects of grammar, logic, and rhetoric in that one must first grasp the facts, then learn the reasons, motivations, and logic around the facts and finally, evaluate and make applications. The Trivium, while providing a way to approach each subject is also a set of subjects. Traditionally, the Trivium has included Latin as part of the grammar phase, logic or the principles of reasoning as part of the logic phase, and rhetoric, the art of speaking/writing clearly and cogently, as part of the rhetoric phase.

Classical education in methodology and content equips learners with the tools of learning. The Trivium provides the tools. Scripture and classics provide the core content, and Biblical truth is the fixed point of reference.