Calvary Christian Academy (CCA) is a ministry of Calvary Chapel San Jose. It was established as a result of a burden God placed upon the church body to “tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done,” as commanded in scripture, so they may: “Put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands" (Psalm 78).
At CCA, our goal is to prepare a generation of students in mind, body, soul, and strength with classically-based, Christ-centered, academic excellence. We realize that your child is a gift given to you by God, and we would love to partner with you in raising a generation of individuals for the glory of God. We are a loving, nurturing, and safe environment with high academic standards. CCA students not only receive instruction in core academic subjects, but also in Bible, Latin, Art, Music, Research Skills, Technology, and Physical Education.
Calvary Christian Academy is a private, non-denominational, Classical Christian school.
The mission of Calvary Christian Academy is to educate the whole student within a Christian context of spiritual, social, mental, and physical development. As an extension of the ministry of the Church, we exist to help students cultivate a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, to discover and encourage their gifts, and to inspire each student to realize his or her full potential in serving God in spirit and in truth.
Our vision is to prepare a generation of spiritually mature, academically advanced, physically equipped, and socially developed individuals for a life of opportunity and service to the glory of God.
Many people describe Calvary Christian Academy (CCA) as a hidden treasure in the Silicon Valley! CCA is set apart from other schools in the Bay Area in the following ways:
CCA is committed to discipling children from Christian families as they grow in their knowledge of and love for Jesus Christ!
At CCA, we have amazing teachers, who are not only passionate for the Lord, but also for children and education. All of our teachers are equipped with the gift of teaching and have answered God’s call to serve. They are dedicated to pouring out their lives for the next generation. Our teachers are considered “gold dust” around here!
At CCA, Christ is not just sprinkled into curriculum here and there, rather He is the very center of everything we do. All subjects are taught through the lens of scripture, and God’s Word is our ultimate authority!
CCA follows the classical model of education, which teaches children according to the three stages of learning. To find out more about classical education, see “The Classical Approach” below.
CCA is blessed to be a ministry of our church, Calvary Chapel San Jose. There are many benefits to our church-school relationship, namely: accountability, Christian community, and pastoral support.
CCA is a nurturing environment where children are loved! Our teachers work hard to create an atmosphere full of engaging activities so that children are eager to return!
We recognize that students are inundated with technology daily. Furthermore, children using technology for learning during the elementary years is uncharted territory and has not yet been proven an effective tool in education. In fact, studies have shown that increased amounts of technology and media exposure in the younger years inhibit a child’s ability to learn successfully. With this is mind, CCA provides students with technology instruction appropriate to their developmental stage of learning. We have a leveled approach to technology instruction for our students.
We have worked hard to select curriculum that is not only rigorous, but also engaging for students. From our phonics based spelling program to our rigorous math, and unabridged classical texts, our curriculum speaks to the heart, expanding the minds and imaginations of our students. At CCA, we believe that an engaging and rigorous curriculum—when paired with amazing, Spirit-filled teachers—results in a transformation within the lives of our students!
At CCA, our small class sizes enable teachers to truly know their students. Teachers are able to better direct and encourage students’ unique gifts and abilities, while bolstering areas of weakness and challenging them in areas strength. Classes are capped at twenty-four students, and an aide is provided anytime a K-3rd grade class has more than twelve students.
Students see all the world, in every area of study, as a unified whole, governed and sustained by the Lord. Scripture is God’s inspired word, supported by history and observations from the natural world. God brings all things about through the power of His Word. Students establish a fundamental understanding of God’s relevance, sovereignty, and supremacy over all the world.
Students develop strong language, math, and science skills through the structure and rigor of the grammar school, as well as the logic used to teach higher math and science.
Students read and commit to memory the great classic stories, poems, and essays of Western culture. The depth of these works embeds moral and cultural literacy into the minds of students, while providing a greater command of language and vocabulary.
Students soak up rich material if we encourage them to do so. Whether it is famous impressionist art in K and 1st grade or great books, like Milton’s Paradise Lost or Plato’s Republic, in high school, details make subjects come alive for younger students, while developing depth of thought in older students. So often, educators underestimate a student’s capacity to learn and, therefore, simplify subject matter through generalities. Ironically, this simplification actually harms the educational process.
When it comes down to it, those who communicate well have a tremendous advantage in life. Even the best ideas go untried if they are not well-communicated. The ancient Greeks realized this and, thus, began the study of rhetoric. Our students, study logic, engage in debates, defend theses, and regularly practice the art of rhetoric—both orally and in writing.
Our goal is to renew the minds of students to “Love the Good.” Whether we’re teaching boys how to shake hands while making eye contact, or promoting a heart that desires kindness, not simply kind behavior, we work to build character in practical, real-life ways.
For those who are tempted to think classical education impractical, consider this: How much information do you recall from your school textbooks, particularly 6th-12th grade? Unlike other schools, CCA changes focus when students reach 6th grade. Our students develop their reasoning skills in a number of ways. They learn to make connections between ideas, learn to synthesize and communicate well, and immerse themselves in understanding the ideas contained in words like liberty, beauty, justice, and truth. If students were asked to read Plato, Virgil, Augustine, Aquinas, or Locke solely for the sake of a test, they would likely find these books uninteresting. Our students read with a purpose, looking for the connections and the great ideas that span all great literature. When reason and faith are integrated, students are unlikely to be persuaded by college dogma. And, they amass an exceptional amount of knowledge along the way.
One of the first benefits graduates of a classical school recognize once they begin college is the importance of the study habits they learned at school. The demands of our program develop healthy work habits.
Our graduates tell us that the relationships they have built during their time at CCA sets the school apart. The depth of discussion in class and the small class size creates an environment where students grow together.
Like other Christian schools, we study scripture. In fact, our students memorize large amounts of scripture. The difference is in how we relate scripture to the world. We do not relegate theology to a class. We teach scripture as a measure of Greek mythology, theoretical physics, British literature, and countless other areas of study. As we relate the great ideas of the Bible to world events today, students are able to better appreciate God’s purposeful work in the world around us. Knowing their place helps students understand their God-given purpose.
At Calvary Christian Academy, we strive to prepare students for a lifetime of service to the glory of God! Realizing the battle each student must face in their Christian walk, we have chosen to use the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18) as our school crest.
“To God be the Glory!”
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” - 1 Corinthians 10:31
"To God be the Glory" by Fanny Crosby
The Lion of Judah represents Jesus Christ as the triumphant King of all creation (Revelation 5:5). The lion is not only the king of the beasts, but he is an inescapable terror when he roars and chases his prey. According to Genesis 49:9, not only does the Lion of Judah enjoy great victories, but He does so peaceably.
A classical education is based on great ideas, great books, foundational truths and principles, and enduring traditions and skills. It holds to established standards. Calvary Christian Academy (CCA) offers a classical education that is traditional, time-tested, and intellectually rigorous, while also incorporating Latin studies.
The “classics” at the core of a classical education at CCA are the great works of art, music, literature, history, and science. When taught in the classical setting, these subjects express profound insight, artistic creativity, and enduring cultural value. By studying the classics, students encounter the most influential thinkers, artists, and writers in the history of the world, gaining a deep understanding of history and culture. Studying the classics through the lens of God’s word, equips students to make decisions and judgments rooted in Biblical morals and provides them with discernment when considering profound ideas, including those that directly clash with Christianity.
The foundational structure that is used in classical education is called the Trivium. The Trivium incorporates three progressive stages of learning in the development of a child:
The Grammar School classroom is fun and engaging. Students learn through guided discovery, exploration, games, songs, chants, movement, recitations, and repetition. Subjects are integrated so students may more easily make connections between them. Coursework focuses on memorizing factual information in various subjects, including phonograms, math facts, maps, scripture, quotes, and poetry.
Students in the Logic Stage are taught formal logic and argument, how to evaluate and critique work, write research reports, and give oral presentations. They are engaged in role playing, re-enactments, and drama, while listening to guest speakers and partaking in education trips that stimulate learning. Students also experience a broad range of visual materials, while interpreting the implications and limitations of the information presented.
Students learn to speak eloquently and persuasively, putting into practice the tools of knowledge and understanding they acquired in the earlier stages. Through guided research and discovery, students learn to synthesize ideas, write and give persuasive presentations, and grow in leadership skills. Speech, discussions, and a biblical worldview are incorporated into every subject. Students continue to learn about the world through local, national, and global fieldtrips.
For students at CCA, educational knowledge will increase upon each stage of development. From the very beginning, the mission of our school has been to train up men and women of character, who know who they are in Christ. Our students need to be taught the Truth as their foundation, know how to recognized it in the midst of a relative culture, and defend and express the Truth to influence our culture for God’s glory just like a modern-day Daniel or Esther.
CCA’s educational philosophy and methods for the lower elementary are also derived from the British educator, Charlotte Mason (1842-1923). Ms. Mason, a renowned “teacher of teachers,” founded a number of grammar schools, as well as a college to train teachers. The elements of Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy that we have incorporated into CCA are as follows:
CCA’s educational approach is uniquely based on a classical, Christian model while incorporating several teaching philosophies of Charlotte Mason primarily during the early grammar years. With a proven model, methods that support children to grow in moral character, and ultimately the guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ, Calvary Christian Academy is recapturing education.
Calvary Christian Academy (CCA) is set apart from other schools in that we are a discipleship school. The difference between a discipleship school and an evangelistic school is that we disciple (i.e., train or teach) Christian children from Christian families, while an evangelistic school accepts non-Christian families in the hopes of evangelizing them to the faith.
The majority of Christian schools are evangelistic. While we absolutely support these types of schools and believe strongly that there is a need for them, that is not the vision of CCA.
Our aim is to provide a loving, Christ-centered atmosphere that compliments a godly home. We take the time to teach and train each child in the ways of the Lord because, as God’s Word tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and in the end he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Our goal is to assist parents in raising their children in the ways of the Lord.
Greg Strawbridge said, “Schools regardless of their kind, are places where children are inescapably trained in some view.” Studies have shown that over 15,000 hours of a child’s life are spent with their teachers in the classroom. We realize the great influence of a teacher upon a child’s life. We strive to redeem those hours by discipling the children under our tutelage. Our desire is that during school hours, teachers disciple students in fulfilling the greatest commandment given to us in scripture, which is to “love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37).
There is no quick answer to this question because classical, Christian education uses an entirely different education paradigm. Check “The Classical Approach” below for more information.
Hundreds of parents have chosen Calvary Christian Academy (CCA) for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons include: our loving and structured environment, academic excellence, and Christian worldview.
No. We are members by the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS), which is committed to independence, as we are.
Our class size is capped at twenty-four students. Our grammar school classes (K-5th & 6th) typically have between 15 and 22 students. In our Schools of Logic and Rhetoric, class sizes range from 10 to 20 students per class.
Yes! Our primary school philosophy dictates that we welcome parents and visitors in the classrooms. Be warned—we may put you to work!
We admit students selectively based on their academic ability, family support, and faith. See our Admissions Overview for additional information.
Classical education is a well-rounded education. Thus, CCA offers programs in music, art, drama, sports, and more! What makes our enrichment programs different is our purposeful study of music, art, drama, sports, etc. For example, when 1st graders study art, they learn about great artists, like Monet and Matisse. When students study music, they learn about the great works of classical music (as well as some other genres). We believe that purposeful study within our enrichment programs helps students build an appreciation for beauty—a developed aesthetic—which is a lifetime gift.
We are a member of the ACCS, which does not encumber us with limitations that would disrupt our form of education. Regional accreditation restricts school curriculum and hiring according to the modern paradigm of education, which we believe is detrimental to classical, Christian education. For more information, see Measuring Success.
We provide an after-school program for students in K-8th grade (from 3:15-5:30 p.m.). Our program includes a Homework Club for students in 3rd-8th grade.
People sometimes believe that an education like CCA’s must be expensive. However, we work hard to keep our education affordable. (See Tuition & Fees for information about the current school year.) We believe that classical, Christian education is important to the future of our community, so we want it to be accessible to families. When you consider the impact of education on your child’s future and lives, we believe you will find CCA to be one of the best educational investments you can make. Our tuition is comparable to other private, Christian schools in the area.
School typically begins two weeks before Labor Day and ends the Friday after Memorial Day. Our holiday schedule is similar to the area public schools. Our school day in the Grammar and Logic stages run from 8:20 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the School of Rhetoric runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main School Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the school year.
Uniforms are part of an overall system of education that encourages respect, order, unity, diligence, and joy. Our uniforms are purchased through Land’s End, though we also have a used uniform rack at the school. Check our Parent-Student Handbook for more information on uniform requirements.
We teach Latin in grades 1st-8th. We offer Spanish and Latin in the Rhetoric School. Our goal with all language instruction is to help students understand language systems so well that they become masters of English, first, and proficient at learning other languages, second.
Not nearly as difficult as the schools our founding fathers or even our grandparents went to—but more challenging than most California schools in the 21st century. Our workload is in line with hundreds of other classical, Christian and preparatory schools across the country. Our students work a little harder and advance a little more quickly. We do this for two reasons. First, we believe God requires each of us to put forth effort in His service. Second, in a world where the future is far from certain, we believe children should be prepared to cope well with whatever life brings. More rigor now will better prepare students to weather the future, regardless. Classical, Christian education has proven its worth for centuries!
Charter and magnet schools offer specialized educations, sometimes with a “back-to-basics” curriculum. However, they are still restricted by the state and Common Core because they are public schools. Their public status prevents them from integrating religious content. This limitation presents a fundamental problem for those who believe that education provides a foundation with which we view the world. Without the freedom to teach Christian doctrine, an accurate view of any subject is not possible.
Most Christian schools use methods similar to public schools—only with more Christian content. The fundamentals of education are different at CCA. Our subjects overlap many of these schools, but our methods are unique. One notable difference is how we treat the Bible: we integrate scripture throughout our curriculum, and our students memorize and use scripture more than in other academic settings. Our emphasis on history, Latin, logic, and rhetoric is also unique. These subjects help produce thinking and articulate leaders, capable of success in any setting. We whole-heartedly agree with Martin Luther, who said, “I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.”
Most students adapt well to Calvary Christian Academy anytime during grades K-7th. Many students have also been successful in entering CCA in the upper grades. Typically, these students are academically strong and already have disciplined study habits. Our staff would be happy to help assess your child’s potential for success at our school.
The homework load varies from fifteen minutes per night (Kindergarten) to two hours per night (middle and upper school) for an average, yet diligent student. Most new students are able to adjust to this load within two to three months of enrolling in CCA. Our goal in assigning homework is to teach diligence and independent learning, while encouraging students to memorize or practice concepts they learn in school. Homework will not encompass complex, new concepts or busy work. Parents are encouraged to provide an environment with few distractions (such as a desk in their child’s room), allow the child to work alone, and to check work once it is completed. This may take some coaching and discipline at first, but it should eventually lead to excellent study habits.
We recommend that parents apply in January or February of the year in which they wish to enroll their student. We accept applications at any time, but we encourage you to apply during our Open Enrollment period. See our Admissions Overview for current deadlines and fees.
Please call the school office (408-269-2222) to arrange arrange a visit. We will gladly provide a personalized tour, and you are welcome to observe a class if you wish. Additional information and materials are available at the school upon request. We encourage you to contact us even if you do not plan to enroll students in the near future.
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