“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” 1 Corinthians 13: 11
Middle School serves as the transition from childhood to young adulthood. Forming the heart, soul, mind, and body of a child toward the Beautiful, Good, and True is the heart of the middle school years. There should be no separation between the intellectual and spiritual development of a child so we teach for the purpose of soul formation, understanding that all things, including mathematics, science, art, literature, history, and physical education come under the Lordship of Christ. Soul formation requires discipline and training in virtue – the daily work of honing our affections away from the things of the world toward, by the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, Christ-likeness in all aspects of our lives.
The gateway between childhood and adulthood requires fostering a desire to live a Christ-honoring life while developing the ability to think critically about the world around us. Teachers believe that all truth is God’s truth and salvation is found only through His son, Jesus Christ. This is not to suggest that all Truth is known or has been revealed to man and, as such, we enter into our vocation with humility and love utilizing the tools and framework of classical Christian education. Teachers provide experiences for students to engage in the Great Conversation, wrestling with big ideas while teaching them logic and reasoning to discern that which is True, Good, and Beautiful. Training students how to think, not what to think, best equips our children to reflect the love of Christ in all they do and endeavor to do.
We recognize that all people are created in the image of God, Imago Dei, and as such, each child carries an inherent dignity and is worthy of respect. However, with this reality is the truth of our broken, foolish, and sinful nature through the Fall of Adam.
Middle School provides the unique opportunity to challenge and hold high expectations for our students while the parent-school covenantal partnership comes alongside to encourage and guide them into maturity. Students, as Imago Dei, should learn to properly express dominion over their lives and learning. It is our ambition for our students to become independent thinkers who are enthusiastic, disciplined life-long learners.
Ultimately, we desire our students to develop a love for Christ that leads them to love those around them, each day becoming more like Christ. Virtue formation in Love, Hope, Faith, Justice, Courage, Temperance, and Wisdom provides a practical framework for students to orient all thoughts, words, actions, and ideas toward God’s design - revealing our Imago Dei.