Classical education combines the wisdom of the Church and the best of secular culture to teach a student to read well, write well, and think well. It is the methodology that Eton, Oxford, and Cambridge have used to produce leaders for centuries. A classical, Christian education teaches a student to learn to know and love the wisdom of the church and the culture from which they have come, while equipping them to face the unique challenges of living in the 21st century.
Classical education “cuts with the grain” of human nature and natural human development as God created it. Thus the usual gradations in a classical program: Grammar (Lower School) focuses on learning the structure of language and the world around you and the meaning of words; Logic (Middle School) is about learning the principles of right reason in order to think well; and Rhetoric (High School) is centered on learning how to bring all of one’s learning together and express it in a coherent and winsome manner. These stages follow the natural interests and strengths of each stage of a student’s development. Many of the educational options in America now emphasize achievement rather than cultivation of wisdom and virtue. The Saint Constantine School gives value and meaning to the achievements of the classroom by teaching students to pursue excellence with goodness, truth, and beauty.
To this end, all of our students participate in a common course of study in a university-style, block schedule model. The Saint Constantine School immerses students in both eastern and western Christian wisdom, philosophy, history, and literature alongside a rigorous math, science, Latin and Greek program. Students will also have the opportunity to study fine arts in studio art classes, music in choir and individualized lessons, and theater, through producing and acting in semi-annual school plays. As we grow, our students will participate in competitive speech and debate, or select sports, as we seek to encourage and enliven all parts of the human soul in our students.