1. Is your family committed to Christ?
Families involved in Christian classical education value their school’s commitment to Christ in all that they do. Children memorize entire chapters of scripture regularly and are taught to live according to them. Christian classical schools have heard stories of parents who are pulled aside by their children’s Sunday school teachers and asked how these children know so much. We pray and work so they will translate what they learn here into a life of service to Christ. If you share these values, you probably will fit well at Caritas Academy.
2. Are you committed to well-behaved children?
Our standards within the school are loving and structured. We believe all children are created in the image of God and we deeply respect the uniqueness of their personalities. All children are prone to misbehavior on occasion, so we don’t expect your kids to be perfect (or even close). We do expect parents to support our teachers and administration as we lovingly but firmly discipline children who are acting out. If you value a partnership with a school that will uphold high standards, you will value Caritas Academy.
3. Do you value academics and a Christian work ethic?
Christian classical schools are recognized in their communities for the academic standards that they uphold. This comes with a standard of work that requires a little more of both parents and students. Parents are often called upon to be actively involved with their young children as they do homework. Many parents find that by the 4th or 5th grade, the Latin, history, and other subjects exceed their ability to help. However, parents still remain actively involved to ensure they are diligently working to prevent frustration from poor study habits. While some families may find it difficult to trade off some recreational or entertainment time to focus on academics, graduates from these schools commonly thank their teachers for their training.
Some can misunderstand our work ethic. We do not desire or expect children to work excessively. Certainly, children need time to play. For this reason, we restrict the amount of homework allowed each week.
For those who wonder why we have higher expectations: Hundreds of families have found that their children thrive in a Christian classical environment because they enjoy being challenged. What expectations characterize your family? If you are serious about finding an educational partner with you in preparing your child for life, we invite you to join us and see what’s possible.
4. Do you value a broad-based education or do you see education as a relatively generic commodity, with slight distinctions?
Some families want a mainstream education like they had. If you were satisfied with your education (assuming you were educated in a mainstream public or private school) and don’t see any reason to want more, then you probably won’t find our form of education appealing. From our uniforms to our study of the great books to our emphasis on writing, we are different than most schools.
If you are attracted to education that reaches beyond training to enrich the minds and the spirits of students as they learn to love learning, then you should consider Caritas Academy.
5. Does your family love learning and books?
The most consistent success factor for children at Caritas Academy is the learning environment at home. Families who read and love to learn send children to our school because they want the world of language, books, history, science, and math to be an integrated whole. They want their children to use their love of knowledge to explore and seek truth. Families that do not have many books in their home and that rarely visit a library or bookstore probably will not find our value compelling.
Having said this, many families will discover the world of literature and information through their children’s experience at our school. If you would like to develop a love of books, knowledge, and learning in your home, Caritas Academy can provide a great start.
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