Calvary Christian School trains image-bearers to know, understand, practice discernment, and apply their learning in order to become wise as they pursue truth. Our teachers understand that God has designed each child in a unique way; therefore, we personalize the student’s education through our instructional approach. We want students to develop a hunger for learning with the aim of knowing and following Christ as they live out their calling in God’s Kingdom.
History allows students the opportunity to discern appropriate decisions for the future by discovering the truth of what has unfolded in the past. Using a cyclical approach, students will move through historical eras of time, diving deeply into the history and literature of the ancient, medieval, early modern, and post-modern worlds. Students will learn the skills of interpreting history and interrogating texts for truth while recognizing image-bearers of God throughout history. Literature is taught within the construct of history and the stories, as well as original source material, will lay the foundation for deeper understanding of what has happened in the past.
Literature provides students with an avenue to experience the world and the consequences of one’s choices by observing characters in a variety of cultural and historical settings. Such observation allows students to learn discernment in a safe and controlled environment. Literature gives insight into the brokenness of the human condition while allowing teachers to encourage discussion that leads to a God-centered view of humanity and perspective on life. Our literature choices will serve the above purposes and seek to promote discussion that trains discerning students who are able to recognize the truth, goodness, and beauty of God in life and literature.
Science gives us the opportunity to know God more fully. Students are trained to observe, question, and use evidence to seek truth. Observing nature reveals God’s manifest power, and faith informs our examination of the world. We will cultivate curiosity and discernment in students, and aim to foster a love for science. Science is ultimately a means of discovering God's world and character.
Mathematics is language that reveals the way God ordered the world and His incomprehensible creativity in creation. We aim to foster a love of learning math by building skills in concrete numbers through interactive learning that promotes mastery. A deep study of mathematics, using a mastery approach, builds the foundation for more complex thought and provides a foundation for both the sciences and the arts. Through discovering truth in mathematics, we train students to persevere and build important reasoning skills.
Art, being born of the creative nature of humanity, is a direct expression of the image of God in man, who is the chief Creator. Art provides an avenue of expression and appreciation for that which is true, good, and beautiful in the world, while serving as a lens through which we view the events and cultures of the past, thus aiding our study of humanity. We seek to unlock the artistic potential of each student according to their abilities, both by introducing new skills and sharpening existing skills. Art that is displayed or discussed in the classroom must be considered appropriate for the age of its audience, and never compromise a student’s innocence.
Music creates a pathway to worship and edification, giving us a means of communicating with God and others. In the songs of Scripture, the language of music serves as a vehicle of expression and praise. God’s word encourages us to sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,” thus establishing believers as a singing people. Chapel services at Calvary Christian School incorporate a variety of music, including traditional hymns and modern praise and worship. In music education, we strive to build vocal skills and develop musicality while learning the language of music. We desire for students to grow in confidence and cohesion as they study and prepare to perform as a choir that moves audiences to see the truth, beauty, and goodness of God.
Latin is the source for much of the technical vocabulary of English. Its order and clear grammatical rules make Latin an excellent language for building skill in communication in addition to reinforcing English grammar skills and deepening students’ understanding of grammar and syntax. In studying Latin, students will dissect a language that holds unique historical importance for the Western world and Christianity while understanding more deeply, the Roman world in which Jesus was born. At its heart, the goal of Calvary Christian School in teaching Latin is that students might further build the skill of language itself.
Bible is integrated throughout each field of study but is intentionally taught during humanities through a survey of the Bible. This survey through Scripture allows students to become familiar with the entire scope of God’s Word. We will use the New King James Version for memory work, as we teach students to hide God’s Word in their hearts and show them how to properly navigate the Scriptures. Utilizing Bible surveys as well as an examination of ancient statements of faith and doctrine, we hope to aid students in applying their knowledge of the Bible to everyday life and equip them with a Biblical worldview.
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