“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” — Matthew 6:33
One of the goals of a CCA education is to prepare a student for the life that God has planned for him or her. No matter what calling He has for student, our program prepares them for college and for life. Our hope lies in God’s promise, that as we seek His Kingdom first, He will continue to add to our success.
Our educational standards go beyond “what a student should know or be able to do.” Our educational model is more broad-based. We emphasize reasoning. We establish a strong command of language. We practice students in virtue like “fortitude” or “justice.” We build memory skills. We build a logical and rhetorical ability, among many other character traits.
We are members of The Association of Classical Christian Schools. The ACCS is the only major accreditor that does not seek reciprocity (acceptance) with other accreditation agencies. This protects our independence, and allows for much more rigorous and appropriate standards.
Our students take the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) standardized test which is provided to schools by the College of Education of the University of Iowa.
The ITBS is a standardized achievement test that is given to students all across the country, including both private and public schools, to assess each student’s grade-level performance. At CCA, we do not teach to the test. We use the results to examine our performance and place attention where it may be needed. It is not an end to pursue.
Historically, colleges look at a student’s SAT Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning scores as an indication of college preparedness. Students of classical schools typically outperform students in every section of the SAT when compared to any other type of school. Thus, it is expected that our students will excel in verbal and reading scores, as well as in math.
The greatest measure of our success however, is the caliber of our graduates. SATs and other academic measures fail to communicate the true character which results from classical Christian education done well. Our students graduate knowing their purpose, which is to glorify God. They possess a deep understanding of God’s world through its history, beauty, big ideas, math, science, and people.
Our entire program is designed with our school mission in mind, as well as the six goals listed below. We have constructed a unique and successful academic program that begins in Kindergarten and continues through the 12th grade. By keeping these goals in mind, we continue to develop students, who will impact the world for Christ.
This includes heart-obedience (rather than mere rule-following), good manners, honorable relationships, self-control, and Christian leadership. We help students rightly order their affections—the classical, Christian definition of virtue—through the study of the Bible and the great literature of the West. Above all, we teach students to live every moment of each day as if they were in the presence of God.
We expect students to realize a Christian worldview unified with Scripture as the measure of Truth. We expect them to exhibit wisdom in recognizing complex issues and the consequences of ideas.
Because language enables us to know things that we have not directly experienced, nothing could be more important that language study within a Christian education. Without a strong command of language, even scripture is silent. As “people of the Word,” Christians should be masters of language. We expect our students to master uncommon vocabulary, grammar, usage, and translation through our study of English, Latin, and Spanish.
Educated people are not specialists, who know little outside of their field of specialty. Instead, they have competence in a variety of areas, including fine art, drama, music, physical activity, math, logic, science, and arithmetic. Throughout our program, students are introduced to skills that are essential for an educated person to know. We expect our graduates to be well-rounded.
Educated people are well-read. They are able to discuss and relate ideas to central works of literature, science, art, architecture, and music. We expect our graduates to be well-read in important literature, as well as the ideas of Christian theology and the West.
Educated people have good taste, formed from a young age as they are exposed to great aesthetic masterpieces. We purposefully expose our students to the great artists to develop their aesthetic and cultural appreciation.
We value and appreciate how technological advances have assisted schools and teachers to aid their instruction. Technology is integrated into our curriculum and is used to enhance our students learning as it is directed by our teachers. As a Classical school, we instruct our students based on their developmental ability to understand, interpret, and apply the information being taught. At CCA, we recognize that children using technology as a tool for learning in the early elementary years is uncharted territory and has not yet been proven as an effective tool in education. Studies have shown that increased amounts of technology and media exposure in the younger years inhibit a child's ability to learn successfully.
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With this is mind, CCA instructs students with what is necessary at the appropriate developmental stage in their life. We have a leveled approach when it comes to the technology instruction to our students.
This gradual approach is ideal for teaching students how to use technology as a tool, rather than as a toy. It is also in line with their developmental maturity to understand how, why, and when technology is used as a tool and learn how to balance usage in their lives.
We believe in the absolute authority of God's Word and we look at all subjects through the lens of God's Word, rather than looking at God's Word through the lens of man's word. Our Science program is built upon God's word and discovering the world through the lens of God's word! Our program is uses God's Design for Science by Answers in Genesis in the Elementary and Logic years, which holds a firm seven day creation stands and is apologetically based!
We believe the most important reason to teach science in elementary school is to give your children an understanding that God is our Creator, and the Bible can be trusted. Teaching science from a creation perspective is one of the best ways to reinforce your children's faith in God and to help them counter the evolutionary propaganda they face every day. God is the Master Creator of everything. His handiwork is all around us. Our Great Creator put in place all of the laws of physics, biology, and chemistry. These laws were put here for us to see His wisdom and power. In science, we see the hand of God at work more than in any other subject.
Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being under- stood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they [men] are without excuse.” We need to help our children see God as Creator of the world around them so they will be able to recognize God and follow Him.