FAQ

  1. Why do we need Christian schools? Isn’t a weekly church service enough?
  2. What is a Classical Christian Education and why is it the best model?
  3. Can I read more about the curriculum?
  4. Why would a Christian school put so much importance on reading Great Books that aren’t explicitly “Christian”?
    • Great question! Please see C.S. Lewis’ answer here.
  5. But isn’t STEM really important?
  6. I notice you do not have math and science courses listed on your curriculum page, Why?
    • We are looking for a Classical Christian educator who is experienced in teaching math and science. When we find this teacher, we will update the curriculum. If we do not find this teacher for our first year, we will outsource math and science instruction (this will mean parents will enroll their students in online courses or continue with the curriculum they already use in their home school).
  7. Will the school be accredited?
    • We aim to eventually seek accreditation through the Association of Classical Christian Schools. However, there are no legal accreditation requirements in Arizona for educational organizations like ACA.
  8. Aren’t there good charter schools doing the same thing?
    • While there are classical charter schools, they are secular in nature. Their teachers cannot teach the Truth of Christianity, and many of their teachers are not believers. At a Classical Christian School, the Truth of scripture permeates every class, and Christian teachers are free to mentor and disciple their students.
  9. Aren’t there already a lot of Christian schools out there?
    • Yes, there are. But nearly all Christian schools use the Progressive Education model. Thus, more often than not, these schools are carbon copies of secular schools that have simply added Friday chapel services.
    • To compare the outcomes of Classical Christian schools and Traditional (Progressive) Christian schools, please see Dr. Tomothy Dernlan’s research.
  10. How long will it take to get this up and running?
    • We could open within a few months if we find a church that will let us use space.
  11. Where will the school be?
    • We would like the school to be located in either Surprise, Glendale, or Peoria.
  12. What grades will the school serve?
    • ACA will initially serve 7th-12th graders.
  13. Who is organizing this?
    • We aren’t broadcasting our names here in order to protect our current teaching jobs. That said, feel free to contact us here and we will introduce ourselves to you.
  14. Who will the teachers be?
    • We, the organizers, plan on teaching the humanities and theology courses. Depending on funding, we would either look to hire a math and science teacher or outsource math and science instruction.
  15. But won’t my student miss out on a “real” high school experience?
    • If you mean “will my student miss out on the traditional high school experience,” the answer is most certainly less. But we think that is a good thing.
  16. How much will this cost me?
    • We aim to offer this program for roughly $3,500 per year (much less if we outsource math and science instruction). This is about 1/3 the cost of most private schools in Arizona. This funding model only works if we find a church willing to donate space to us. Thus, a partnership with a church is absolutely critical. We will also need a lot of engaged parents willing to donate their time.
    • We also encourage parents to ask themselves the following question: “what will sending my child to a secular school cost him or her?” Many will say that public/charter schools are free. This may be true in a financial sense, but it is not true in a spiritual sense. Furthermore, it is also not true if we are discussing educational quality, as most secular schools do not use a classical model. Ultimately, there is actually a great cost associated with secular education and a rather low monetary cost associated with Classical Christian Education.
  17. Should all Christian children be in Christian schools? What about being ‘salt’ and ‘light’ in secular schools?
    • Douglas Wilson addresses this question in his book Recovering The Lost Tools of Learning. He argues that the vast majority of Christian kids in secular schools are being changed by the non-Christian students and teachers around them, not the other way around. I agree with this analysis, though I do think that some Christian students are mature enough in their faith to witness in the secular schools. That said, I think for most students that studying in a secular school during the formative years of their youth is akin to sending a brand-new Christian to a foreign country as a missionary. Think of a brand-new Christian serving as a missionary in China. He or she would arrive with zeal to begin their work. But they would be alone, untrained, and immature in their faith. Would you be very surprised if they came back a few years later as a Buddhist? I would not; it would be very likely that that foreign culture would change them rather than them changing the foreign culture. This is why I think the vast majority of Christian students need explicitly Christian education. Let’s firmly establish our youth in the Lord and then send them to the mission field. Salt very easily loses its saltiness.
  18. I’m interested, where do we go from here?

 

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