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Classical education is a methodology that coordinates instruction and materials with the manner children naturally learn. In other words, we “teach with the grain” of a child’s development. For example, young children like to sing, recite, chant, and do things over and over again. Students in the Grammar School at CCS learn the facts of a subject by singing, reciting, chanting, and hands-on, experiential activities. As students grow into adolescence, their tendency is to ask “why.” In the Logic School students explore the interconnections of the facts and why things are the way they are. At the high school level, students are naturally developing a sense of self-awareness and how they are perceived. So, in the Rhetoric School, students learn how to winsomely and articulately express complex ideas related to any field of study. Along with this, classical education emphasizes a certain core of knowledge that has formed and shaped the world over the centuries in philosophy, science, and the arts. Students come to recognize, understand, and interact with these great ideas. In short, classical education is an endeavor to teach students how to learn for a lifetime.
Evidence for the effectiveness of the classical method can be found in the cultural, intellectual, and technological fruit of the western tradition over the last 2,000 years. It may be seen in the work and thought of the likes of Thomas Aquinas, Blaise Pascal, Sir Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, and J.R.R. Tolkien; it may be seen in the development of calculus and modern science, in Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays, Luther’s 95 theses, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Constitution of the United States.
A Christian education is an education that is conducted based on a few basic assumptions. The first assumption is that the triune God revealed in Scripture is the one true God. The second is that all things were made by, through, and for Him. The third is that because of assumptions one and two, every fact, every piece of data, every line of reasoning, every truth, only has meaning insofar as it is related to and explained in Him.
The school-wide average class size is 20 students.
For centuries, instruction in Latin was considered an integral and indispensable component of any education. Alas, like many traditional elements of good education lost in the name of progressive education, the benefits of learning Latin have been neglected and then forgotten over the past few generations. Cary Christian School teaches Latin beginning in third grade for four basic reasons:
- Better English – Learning a “root” language such as Latin lays the groundwork for improved understanding of English grammar, which leads to better writers and communicators.
- Cultural literacy – Latin is the linguistic currency of Western civilization. Latin carries with it the philosophy and ethos of the West with its ideas of justice, law and culture. We are who we are, and we think the way we think because of Latin.
- Broader vocabulary – Fifty percent of the English language is rooted in Latin and 90 percent of polysyllabic vocabulary is rooted in Latin.
- Improved capacity for learning in general – Dorothy Sayers, the great English novelist and playwright, observed, “I will say at once, quite firmly, that the best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say this not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 percent.”
It has been said that “the man makes the tool, then the tool makes the man.” We believe the same is true with culture as well. The clothes one wears has the power to both demonstrate and create one’s attitudes and then, one’s actions. Some further benefits that we see from employing uniforms include:
- The use of uniforms helps create a distraction free environment for learning.
- The neat appearance created by a uniform code enhances a ready-to-learn atmosphere.
- A uniform code instills school spirit and a sense of belonging, while providing enough choice to allow for individual expression. The student is part of a group identity that strives for excellence and the code establishes a tradition.
- A uniform code saves parent’s time, as most all-uniform items, including accessories, can be purchased at the same source. This may save parents not only time, but energy as well. In addition, time may be saved each morning as the “what to wear” issue is eliminated.
- The uniform code should save parents money. The uniform code de-emphasizes the social impact of dress and helps focus the students on character and academic issues. The selected clothes were chosen with price and durability in mind for an overall good value for the money. Growth features in some of the garments may also cut down on total wardrobe expenditures.
We require that at least one parent of a family applying for admission to the school profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
No. Cary Christian School believes that the responsibility and authority to educate children lies with parents, not the political governing authority. Therefore, as a school policy, we partner with and answer to the authority of the parent. We believe that accountability to an external agency is wise. Therefore, in 2003 we gained and continue to hold accreditation from the Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS).
We do not have regularly scheduled chapel services. Students do engage, in the context of normal class activities, in regular times of prayer, singing, fellowship, and study of Scripture.
Cary Christian School sees technological tools as a gift from God developed through mankind as His image bearers. But they are indeed tools or means, rather than ends in themselves. The end or goal of our educational enterprise is to develop in students the capacity to think and live well rather than simply “skills” as such. Toward that end we do use technology such as interactive whiteboards, computers, and scientific lab equipment in various ways in support of our mission.
Cary Christian School is a non-denominational Christian school. That means we are delighted to have over 100 area churches represented among our student body. Our staff and board members also come from a number of different strong evangelical churches. We operate under our historical and common Statement of Faith.