Who We Are
A Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade school.
CCA Discipleship Focus: CCA is a Christian school which focuses on discipleship with families of kindred spirit, theology, and values. Our school ministry (discipleship) differs from the ministry of churches (evangelism and discipleship) by focusing on partnering with Christian parents to raise up Godly children and young people. Please review the Mission Statement, the Statement of Faith, the Statement of Community, and other foundational papers and statements to determine if we are an appropriate setting which aligns with your theological beliefs and behavior values.
CCA’s Mission Statement: By God’s grace, Classical Christian Academy exists to provide a Christ-centered, Classical and college preparatory education firmly rooted in Biblical truth.
The Classical Christian Academy Portrait of a Graduate includes the following objectives:
- Academic Achievement
- Biblical Wisdom
Classical education utilizes the format of the Trivium (Grammar, Logic/Dialectic, and Rhetoric) as the framework (or pedagogy) for all education
Classical Christian education teaches everything through the lens of a Biblical worldview
Classical education teaches the classical languages (i.e. Latin and Greek), because those languages are the basis for about 80% of the English language
Classical education studies the great literary works of western civilizations
Classical education celebrates the greatness of western civilizations as well as recognizes its short comings
Classical Christian education studies great Christian literary works
Classical education emphasizes primary sources over secondary sources of information.
Classical education emphasizes how to learn and encourages the love of learning
Classical education teaches persuasive and eloquent communication in speaking and writing
Classical education teaches critical thinking skills through factual comparisons…logical comparisons of fact rather than opinion
Classical education utilizes all of Blooms Taxonomy to educate students, not just critical thinking skills (which cannot be taught apart from facts).
Classical education teaches a full phonics program, versus a phonics based program.
Classical education teaches all the phonograms and spelling rules as compared to teaching some of the rules with lots of “exceptions.”
Classical education utilizes Socratic questioning
Classical education utilizes memorization since that IS an important part of learning.
- Medical personnel have to memorize diseases, symptoms, treatments, drug effectiveness and more
- Judges, attorneys, and law enforcement have to memorize laws, regulations, procedures, sentences and more.
- Firefighters have to memorize the science and chemistry of fires, the chemistry of hazardous waste spills, and more.
- Engineers have to memorize the laws of physics, laws and regulations pertaining to design, codes regarding structural, electrical, etc. issues, and more.
- Being able to memorize, understand, and recall information at a moment’s notice is an important function of life (including employment).
Classical and Christian Education: Recapturing the Educational Approach of the Past – by Gregg Strawbridge (pp. 1-2)
We wish more for our children than we have known. Looking at past educational standards and achievements reminds us that we have some serious catching up to do. The roots of classical education stretch back to the classical Greek civilization, just prior to Christ. The methods matured during the Western Christian era of the Middle Ages and came to full flowering in the Renaissance. Though universal literacy was not an educational goal in medieval Europe, the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s provided a great impetus for learning throughout middle and even lower classes with its emphasis on knowing Scripture. As a result, a very high view of education prevailed and spread throughout the Western world.
This high view of tools of learning spread to the New World, too. Those who originally settled America were second – and third – generation Reformation. It’s not surprising, then, that the very first educational act in colonial America in 1647 was aimed at teaching all “children…to write and read,” so they could gain the “knowledge of the Scriptures.” Since the early 1990s, the rising movement of “classical and Christian education” has aimed to recover and develop some of the educational excellence of the past. The classical and Christian approach to education is about equipping children for the future with what has been successful in the past. [emphasis added] In short, classical and Christian education is about getting back to the future.