Classical methods have stood the test of time, and fit with the age and development levels of the students. Learning should be a pleasurable endeavor, and one that presents a challenge. The learning environment at Grace Christian Academy enables each student to develop a true sense of personal accomplishment and an understanding of his or her God-given abilities.
Grace Christian Academy is committed to providing an education that is academically rigorous and grounded in Scripture with a Biblical world view. Our goal is to raise up leaders who can think clearly and concisely, and express themselves in matters of both faith and life. Our plan to accomplish this goal is based on three principles.
We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the complete and revealed Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original writings. We believe that it is wholly sufficient as Divine revelation and it alone has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Psalm 12:6; 19:7-11; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Heb. 1:1-3).
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These Three, being one in essence, are co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existing, and perform distinct but harmonious functions in creation, redemption, and providence. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 13:14).
We believe in God, The Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, justice, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He is unchangeable in His being, all glorious in His nature, and absolutely sovereign over creation, providence, and redemption. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Jn. 4:23-24; Isa. 6:1-6; Psa. 115:3; 145:5; I John 4:16).
We believe in Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (John 1:1-14; Acts 1:11; Phil. 2:5-11; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 1:1-10; 4:14).
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to apply the benefits of Christ’s work to the elect in regeneration and sanctification. We believe that every believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit and indwelt at salvation. The Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows a spiritual gift(s), helps, teaches and guides every believer. (John 3:3-7; 16:8-14; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Cor. 3:16; Rom. 8:9; Romans 8:26; Ephesians 5:18).
We believe that all men are sinners in Adam, by nature and by choice and are therefore dead in sin and under condemnation. We believe that God in His free and sovereign grace saves sinners as He wills. Salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone. True believers will persevere in faith and good works unto the end. This good news of salvation is freely offered to all and requires faith in Christ, which is enabled by the Holy Spirit, making those who are ordained to eternal life willing and able to believe. (Acts 13:48; Romans 3:10-18, 23; 6:23; Jonah 2:9; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Phil. 1:6; 1 Pet. 1:5; Heb. 12:14; Rev. 22:17).
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, composed of people who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the local church, whose membership consists of a company of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, associated for worship, Bible study, prayer, the ordinances, fellowship, and the evangelism of a lost world. We believe in the autonomy and independence of the local church, although cooperation with other churches, associations, or organizations may prove beneficial. However, cooperation is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:1-15; 1 Cor. 16:1).
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and that he should seek the well-being of his fellow-man; that his conduct should be one of pursuing blamelessness before the world; that he should seek to be a faithful steward of his possessions; that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. We disavow a legalistic approach to the Christian life and believe in the liberty of conscience. (1 Cor. 10:31; Romans 12:1-2; Titus 2:11-13; Rom. 14:1-15:6).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the church to be observed until the return of Christ: baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. By baptism a believer publicly declares his forgiveness of sin, union with Christ, and new life in Christ. Baptism is only for those who profess faith in Christ. In the Lord’s Supper, the believer is dramatically reminded of the sacrifice of Christ for our sin. The Lord’s Supper is communion with God in Christ, as the believer spiritually feeds on Christ by faith, and communion with the body of Christ. We believe that these two ordinances are not means for salvation, but are visible signs of an invisible faith. (Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16 , 17; 11:23 , 24).
We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ to earth. His coming will be visible, for the consummation of His eternal Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the endless suffering of the wicked, and the eternal blessedness of the believer. (Matthew 24:1-51, 25:41; John 14:1-3, I Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 5:10 ; I Thessalonians 4:13 -18; Rev. 20:11-15).
We adhere to the ecumenical creeds of the historic Christian Church: the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. We also adopt the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith as our confessional standard in which we are in substantial agreement. We recognize that only the Bible is infallible. However, these historic creeds and this reformed confession provide a clear basis for our doctrinal standard and unity.
Below are the most important philosophical elements that we at Grace Christian Academy believe distinguish our approach to education.
Phonic training (early reading), math properties (patterns, adding, graphing), science units, community helpers/jobs/locations, Bible stories/characters/songs, integrated art projects, PE skills/games, integrated music
Phonic training/literature reading, math problem solving/properties, integrated (with reading, math, art) science units, spelling rules/memorizations, parts of speech, history units (famous places in the world & U.S., etc.), Bible reading/memorizations, integrated art, PE skills/games, thematic music/rhythm instruments
Guided independent reading of books, math properties/problem solving, science quarterly units, spelling rules/patterns/memorization, cursive handwriting, basic English grammar, history units in early U.S./Nevada History, Bible readings/memorizations, integrated art projects, PE skills/games, thematic music/rhythm instruments
Guided independent reading of books, math skills/problem solving/integrated, science units (P/C/B/ES*), spelling rules/patterns/lists, cursive/essay practice, English grammar, Latin I (vocabulary/chants), U.S. Geography/early U.S. History units, Bible readings/memorizations, integrated art projects, PE skills/games, thematic music/recorders
Monitored, independent reading of books (integrated with history, science), math skills/problem solving/integrated, science units (P/C/B/ES*), spelling lists/patterns/rules, writing assignments, English grammar (integrate with Latin), Latin II (vocabulary/early grammar), U.S. History units (War for Independence to present), Bible readings/oral presentations, integrated art projects, PE skills/games, music/recorders
Monitored, independent reading of books (integrated with history, science), math skills/problem solving/integrated, science units (P/C/B/ES*), spelling lists/patterns/rules, writing assignments, English grammar (integrate with Latin), Latin III (grammar/translation), World Geography/Early World History units, Bible readings/oral presentations, integrated art projects, PE skills/games, music
Monitored, independent reading of books (integrated with history, science, Bible), math skills/problem solving/integrated, science units (P/C/B/ES*), spelling lists/patterns/rules, writing assignments, English grammar (integrate with Latin), Latin IV (grammar/translation), World Geography/Post-Medieval World History units, Bible readings/oral presentations, integrated art projects, PE skills/games, music
Monitored, independent reading of literature (may be integrated with history, science, Bible), Pre-Algebra, & intro to Geometry, Statistics, Probability, Scientific Notation, Trigonometry, physical science(exploring creation), US History, English Grammar Writing, Bible (Old Testament Survey), PE skills/rules of sport/fitness training, electives (computers & technology, chorus, practical Christianity, journalism/annuals, etc.)
Monitored, independent reading of literature (may be integrated with history, Bible), Algebra I, World Geography, English Grammar, Writing, Logic Bible (New Testament Survey), PE skills/rules of sport/fitness training, electives (art, music, chorus, practical Christianity, journalism/annuals, etc.)
In the 1940’s the British author, Dorothy Sayers, wrote an essay titled “The Lost Tools of Learning.” In it, she calls for a return to the application of the Seven Liberal Arts of ancient education, the first three being the Trivium. We highly recommend that you read that essay.
A classical school is one that utilizes the Trivium as described in that essay in its approach to instruction. This methodology corresponds to the developmental phases a child grows through in school. These three phases correspond to the Biblical categories of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. The grammar or knowledge stage is the “gathering information” stage in which children memorize facts and learn rules and instructions. This capitalizes on children’s high capability of memorization in early ages. In the logic or understanding stage, students learn discernment and good judgment. They learn the relationships within knowledge how particular facts are connected and related to each other. In the rhetoric or wisdom stage, students are taught how to apply knowledge and understanding to various circumstances and situations.
Children grow naturally through these developmental stages. A classical education takes advantage of these stages by combining them with the manner in which all subjects are taught. An acquisition of knowledge and understanding is thus supported by the natural developmental abilities of the student, helping content to be more easily mastered.
Christian school is an educational institution that approaches the nature of knowledge from a Biblical perspective. In Colossians 2:3, the Apostle Paul tells us that “in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Jesus Christ, Himself, is the source of all wisdom and knowledge. All wisdom and knowledge then are ultimately designed so that we come to the true knowledge of God’s Son (Col. 2:2). If all true knowledge finds both its source and its end in Christ, then education by necessity must be Christian, that is, Christ-centered.
A Christian school is secondly an educational institution that approaches the students from a Biblical perspective. The Presbyterian theologian of a century ago, Robert Lewis Dabney, noted, “True education is, in a sense, a spiritual process; it is the nurture of the soul.” All students are made in the image of God, and their education should encompass what they are as body-soul human beings. Thus, education is a spiritual process that sees the student as a whole person, mind, body, and spirit. A Christian school therefore, sees that all true education is Christ-centered it should point us to the Son of God, whether the subject be science, math, or P.E. It is the whole truth for the whole person, body, mind, and soul, that leads the student to glorify Christ in his life with his mind.
“The real difference between Christian schools and all other educational systems, public or private, must be traced back to its source in two antithetical worldviews: on the one hand, the worldview that takes the living God, Creator, Revealer, and Redeemer, as its starting point, listening dependently to His revelation in Scripture, creation, and providence; and, on the other hand, the worldview that, explicitly or implicitly, denies that the God of the Bible is the source of all reality and the measure of all truth.”Dennis Johnson, Professor of Pastoral Theology at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California and editor of the book Foundations of Christian Education.
A classical Christian school uniquely joins two vital tenets in primary school education: the classical methodology and the Christian worldview. By utilizing the classical method, the teachers at Grace Christian Academy are better able to pass on the invaluable “tools of learning,” which will be used to help build the foundation of education, with Christ as the cornerstone.
At Grace Christian Academy , we apply the classical method of education to every discipline (English, Latin, math, history, geography, science, music, art, and logic) through a variety of teaching techniques and hands-on activities carefully related to a child’s age and stage of development.