What is classical education?
When Augustine Christian Academy was organized, it was deliberately and completely designed to be a classical school in its philosophy and methodology. While Catholic schools have long offered a classical model of education to its parishioners and a limited non-Catholic clientele, ACA was founded as a nondenominational school offering this model to a wider range of students.
Classical philosophy does not mean that we wish to return to humanistic pagan roots of classical Greece and Rome. Rather, classical philosophy embraces the pursuit of truth, beauty, and excellence through the application of Scripture to every aspect of life.
The classically educated Apostle Paul, through inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us that we are to bring every thought captive to Christ. “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Students must be brought up to have wisdom and discernment if they are to accomplish this calling. This means education must go beyond “job training” or “skills-based evaluations”. It means a child’s mind must be thoroughly instructed in factual material, trained in logical thinking, and equipped for persuasive communication. More importantly, a child’s heart must be taught to be tender towards God, and love for Him must be faithfully nurtured by all role models in a child’s life.
What is the Trivium?
The Trivium is a theory of education that is at the heart of the classical model. It recognizes three stages in a young person’s development and assigns an educational emphasis which capitalizes on these stages, creating a natural progression through a School of Grammar, a School of Dialectic, and a School of Rhetoric.
The School of Grammar (Kindergarten-Grade 5) uses the sponge-like quality of children’s minds and their natural ease of memorization to equip them with sets of rules and facts, which serve as the foundation for more complex study.
The School of Dialectic (Grades 6-8) acknowledges the questioning nature of a young person’s mind and teaches students to use logical methods as they grapple with truth. At this stage, students are encouraged to examine relationships between different areas of study and to apply rules of logic in each area.
The School of Rhetoric (Grades 9-12) teaches students who have learned to draw logical and well-informed conclusions to engage in the “Great Conversation.” As suggested by the name, this stage emphasizes communicational skill as foundational. Students study great literature and original sources and respond in discussion, presentation, and written assignments.
Augustine Christian Academy’s foremost goal is the promotion of the glory of God, and therefore seeks to produce young people who share that vision and are equipped for God’s service in whatever vocation they pursue. The Trivium is the classical method for giving young people the informational, logical, and communicational skills useful for reclaiming the culture for Christ.
Do students in a classical school take the same classes as students in other schools?
Students in classical education study all the same basics (math, science, grammar, history, etc.), but they study them in a different way. At Augustine Christian Academy, the subjects are more integrated, giving students the opportunity to see the relationships between topics. How did Martin Luther’s work during the Reformation influence the development of modern science and medicine? What relationship exists between Charles Darwin’s ideas regarding “survival of the fittest” and Hitler’s attempt to produce a “master race”? Students in this program explore questions such as these.
What is ACA’s homework policy?
Individual study is crucial to the cultivation of a thinking person’s lifestyle. Therefore, students should expect to receive regular homework assignments in most classes. However, ACA believes that academic pursuits should be balanced with family life, involvement in church, and extracurricular activities.
What is the purpose of teaching dead languages?
Students at Augustine Christian Academy are introduced to the ancient languages of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Of course, the goal is not conversation in these languages but the ability to research original sources and appreciate the rich heritage of Western civilization. The significance of “E pluribus unum” and the beauty of Western literature are not lost on the student of Latin. Word attack skills are a further benefit, as a full 80% of the English vocabulary comes from Latin and Greek. Also, familiarity with Latin especially is an excellent foundation for learning modern languages.
What are the school hours?
Every school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and classes are dismissed at 3:15 p.m. The office and our Extended Day program are open until 5:30 p.m.
Is my child allowed to attend part-time?
Yes**. Augustine Christian Academy supports families in their desire to educate their children at home, in co-ops, or elsewhere. We provide an avenue for families who wish to round out their child’s education, and the number of classes attended is the decision of each family. Students who attend at least one class are eligible to participate in our performing arts program, and they are also welcome to travel with us on the Junior/Senior class trips to Israel (odd years) and the Eastern Seaboard (even years). **Our Grammar School Program is full-time (with the exception of our Pre-K Academic Half-Day Program).
Do you give tours or schedule an Open House?
To discover what makes Augustine Christian Academy truly unique in the Tulsa area, consider coming for a tour or having your student shadow a current student for a day. You can call the school office at 918-832-4600 to schedule a tour or shadowing day.