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Classical Christian Education

At River Hills Christian Academy, we adhere to classical methodology. A classical and Christian education is essentially a liberal arts education that strives to meet the ancient Roman ideal of equipping men and women to function as free men and women in the service of God. The Bible commands all Christians to worship God with our minds and to be good stewards of the talents and abilities with which He has created us. Accordingly, we focus on providing an education that is varied, rich and challenging to the advanced student while still accessible to the average student.

Classical educational methodology is based upon the trivium (Latin for “the place where three roads meet”) which was first articulated in the early Middle Ages and is carefully tailored to the predictable developmental stages of the student. Grammar is the first stage of the trivium.

The Grammar School, serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade, focuses on the study of the fundamental elements of each subject area in order to build a framework for future knowledge. Phonics, basic math facts, chronological historical study, fundamental writing skills, increasing reading mastery and hands-on science exploration are emphasized and instruction capitalizes on the natural curiosity of the elementary student.

Classical means three things:

  1. Our students study the great works of the Western world.
  2. Our students are taught to look for the good, the true and the beautiful in life.
  3. Our students are taught in a way that is time-proven and successful.

Students are taught in an environment that acknowledges the centrality of God in all areas of life. The Biblical worldview maintains God created the world in an orderly and purposeful way.

“Classical and Christian education in a nutshell is this — the trivium provides the tools of learning, the great works of the Western world its basic content, and the Christian worldview and biblical revelation the framework of evaluation.”

— Gregg Strawbridge