What is Classical Education?

Learning that Engages Heart and Mind

Contemporary education segments learning into discrete subjects. Classical education brings disparate subjects together so that students can see the relationships and connections between and among all things.

Components of Classical Education

All Subjects are Interrelated

Classical education highlights the fact that all subjects overlap, influence, and inform each other in different ways. Teaching students to see the connections between different subjects enables students to have a more comprehensive education—one that opens their eyes to God’s wisdom as the Author of knowledge.

Emphasis on Critical Thinking

Students who attend Covenant Preparatory School are encouraged to think critically. We want our students to know not just what they think, but why. We want our students to be filled with God’s truth as revealed in Scripture so that they can “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5)

Development of Self-control

Right behavior stems from right thinking, and right thinking from right belief. Classical education emphasizes developing moral excellence and self control so that students are discipled in righteousness.

Learning from History

Classical education is rooted in the intellectual tradition of the ancients. In many ways, classical education is unaffected by the whims of cultural teaching because students are taught history—all of it. As a result, our students learn to see God’s hand in the entire arc of civilization, which gives them the perspective required for critical thinking.

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