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Love the true, the good, the beautiful Classical Christian Education for Oklahoma City
WE ASSIST PARENTS IN SHAPING STUDENTS’ AFFECTIONS FOR TRUTH, GOODNESS, AND BEAUTY FOR THE BENEFIT OF MAN AND THE GLORY OF JESUS CHRIST.
Loving to Learn, Learning to Love An Education That Forms and Transforms
“MY FAVORITE PART OF TEACHING AT THE ACADEMY IS HEARING OUR STUDENTS EXPLAIN WHAT
hose who would argue that education alone is the solution to life’s problems do not adequately understand life’s problems. As Blaise Pascal once wrote, “The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing. Let us then strive to think well.” Unfortunately, we in America don’t think well when it comes to morals and virtues; we tend to talk more of choices and values. We become more known for our pragmatic, utilitarian practices, particularly when one considers how easily parents are willing to force their 18-year-old children to declare majors, rack up credentials, and hop through the hoops of so-called higher education. But what are our children really learning? As importantly, what are they learning to love? At The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, our goals for our students go beyond merely educating them; in a world as confusing as ours, they have to be, for education without moral formation is insufficient. Students may learn many things, but unless these form and transform them, even the best ideas are little more than a chasing after the wind.
THEY’VE LEARNED TO SOMEONE College prep is not preparation enough; we’re a Kingdompreparatory school. By way of our classical Christian curriculum, students learn that competency requires character, that virtues trump values, and that faithfully pursuing vocation – and not just a career – is key to a fruitful life benefitting their fellow man and honoring the Lord Jesus Christ. Regardless of next steps – apprenticeship, college, gap year travel, military service, workforce – we endeavor to prepare students intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically to be about God’s work and Word in the world. If you desire this for your child, we invite you to consider The Academy of Classical Christian Studies.
ELSE. LAST WEEK, I OVERHEARD A SEVENTH GRADER EXPLAINING THAT TRANSLATING THE PARAGRAPH ON POLYPHEMUS WAS SO MUCH EASIER BECAUSE SHE ALREADY KNEW THE STORY FROM SIXTH GRADE LITERATURE CLASS. IT’S A JOY WHEN THE INTEGRATION OF SUBJECTS WE PRACTICE REALLY TAKES HOLD FOR THE STUDENTS.” SANDY DOLAN Dialectic & Rhetoric teacher
small classes = individual Instruction Mr. Craig Dunham, Head of School
Offerings • RIGOROUS PREK-12TH GRADE ACADEMICS • QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS • TRADITIONAL (5-DAY) AND BLENDED (2-DAY) MODELS • A LA CARTE AND HOMESCHOOL OPTIONS • MULTIPLE CAMPUSES • COLLEGE DUAL ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES • FINE ARTS AND ATHLETIC PROGRAMS
Christian moral vision = virtuous flourishing humanity
Academic Excellence a Means and an End
or those of us concerned with loving the Lord “with all our mind,” academic excellence is crucial. But, in a world driven almost exclusively by achievement tests, we at The Academy of Classical Christian Studies define academic excellence much differently. For us it includes: 1. the ability to think the highest possible thoughts about God and his creation; 2. an ability to do careful work with the most precious of human artifacts—books; 3. preparation to not only engage in any discussion or argument, but to cultivate a love for the very one with whom they argue/engage; 4. great facility in the language arts of grammar, logic, and rhetoric—cultivated students whose grace with the pen is matched by their virtuous motives; and 5. habituation to the thoughts, words, scientific discoveries, prayers, psalms, equations, and masterpieces of art and music of both the wise and great people of our past.
“YOU HAVE ALREADY HAD AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ON OUR FAMILY AND OUR CAPACITY TO Here at The Academy, we desire to correct not only the means by which children are educated, but the end for which they are educated. We seek to fill our students’ lives with singing and music, exposure to the visual arts, regular direct encounters with the natural world and its corresponding sciences, affirmation of a wide range of calling, the reading of imaginative literature and history, and flourishing homes with lively dinner table discussions— all of it in the service of Christ and his holy Church. The bar for academic excellence has been set too low because it’s been based on information transfer alone. At The Academy of Classical Christian Studies, we seek to inform not only what students know, but what they love as well – the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.
LIVE OUT LIVES MORE FAITHFUL TO CHRIST AND MORE USEFUL TO OUR FELLOW MAN. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YEARS MORE AND TO PARTNERING WITH YOU IN THE REARING OF OUR BOYS TOWARD THE TRUE, THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.” JEROME AND TRICIA LOUGHRIDGE Parents
Parental involvement = student engagement Mr. Nathan Carr, Provost
“THE ATTITUDES OF THE STUDENTS ARE SO REFRESHING. THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR STUDIES, ARE ALWAYS ASKING HOW THEY CAN HELP, AND ARE A JOY TO TEACH.” MRS. EILENE PLAZA multiple models and options = family flexibility and customization