Defining Christ-centered

Classical Christian Academy (CCA) was intentionally founded on the basis that the Scriptures are the light by which everything is viewed. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV)

With Scripture being the foundation from which academics are taught, all knowledge gained from the pursuit of academics at Classical Christian Academy must grow from a genuine biblical worldview. This biblical worldview comes through a foundation that is centered in Christ Jesus, whom, by His own admission is “…the light of the world” John 8:24 NKJV.  It is, however, not sufficient to make this statement without a proper, clear definition of what is meant by the term “Christ-centered.”

Christ-centered begins with acknowledging that truth, the world, mankind, and our place in the world are created and ordered by God through Christ Jesus, His Son. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men”……. “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-4, 14). The environment including all curriculum at CCA from Pre-K to 12 is intentionally designed to integrate this truth.

Coursework will center on the truth that Christ alone is the source of our salvation. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…” (John 14:6). “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved…” (Acts 4:12).

  • Without exception all faculty, staff and members of the Board of Trustees proclaim Him as their Lord and Savior and will model this to all the students.
  • A Christ-centered education goes beyond providing a Christian environment.
  • Every class and every discipline taught at CCA provides a unique opportunity to explore knowledge within a biblical framework. This approach gives students the freedom to explore a variety of philosophies and compare them to Christian beliefs, and allows academic inquiry to flourish.
  • By integrating biblical faith and academic learning, CCA challenges students to permeate all areas of their lives with their faith in Christ. The goal of this integration is to develop the whole person- mind, body, and spirit.

God is the Source of all knowledge and truth. As Creator of heaven and earth, God is central to the understanding of history, literature, mathematics, science, and every other academic discipline. Any attempt to pursue these subjects without an acceptance of His centrality is ultimately futile.

Therefore, CCA offers a Christ-centered education, deeply rooted in Scripture. All subjects are presented from a biblical worldview, and all teaching is integrated around the revealed Word of God. Most Christian schools would agree on certain fundamentals; therefore, it is imperative that parents examine the foundational beliefs of any school in which they may enroll their children. We believe the best education provides students with a biblical worldview that seeks to properly understand the world and all its “subjects.” We believe all knowledge is interrelated and instructs us about God and ourselves. We teach our students to delight in their academics, practice diligence, and maintain high standards of work and conduct: “…whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Col.3:23).

God wants us to love Him with our minds, as well as with our hearts, souls, and strength. Therefore, we seek to individually challenge students at all levels and teach them how to learn through the centuries-old proven classical method. It is our desire to help parents teach their children that all they do should be done “heartily, as unto the Lord.” Therefore, we seek to encourage quality academic work and maintain high standards of conduct. This combination, Christ-centered and classical, allows us to provide a rigorous educational environment that challenges our students to live and think from a biblical worldview.

Our foundational documents define the philosophy on which Classical Christian Academy is based.

  • We believe that education, as well as all of God’s creation, is subject to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In our school this works itself out in curriculum, administration, faculty, staff, and lifestyles (in and out of the classroom).
  • We strive to teach and to live in accordance with Biblical standards. In doing this we hope to influence students to love God with all their hearts, souls, strength, and minds.
  • This framework– viewing all of God’s universe and every second of the day through scriptural spectacles– is called a Christ-centered biblical worldview.
  • We believe that God commands Christians to train up their children with this kind of a worldview.

We believe that our mission, as a Christian school, is to serve Christian parents in a setting where everyone wants and supports the same kind of education for their children. We also believe that Christian parents, as children of God, should utilize the highest possible standards of education for their children. We strive to recover standards of educational excellence from the past and bring children up to these standards.

We recognize the role of parents as educators of their children, according to God’s Word: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates…” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). Since parents are charged by God with the raising of their children according to God’s Word, it is imperative that they agree with and sign the school’s statement of faith, giving the school permission to teach their children accordingly.

We believe that the role of the school is to serve Christian parents by assisting them in their Biblical responsibility of “training up” their children’s hearts and minds for God’s glory, in loco parentis (in the place of a parent). The teachers stand in the place of parents in part of the educational process but never usurp parental authority or responsibility.

Summary of Christian Pedagogy

Biblical Worldview, Service to Christ, Character Development, Development of the Whole Person, Assisting the Parent, Apologetics and Evangelism.