The roots of Christian ACE are our faith in Jesus Christ and our desire to live for Him. Everything taught in our community is filtered through a biblical worldview. While we are non-denominational, all participants subscribe to this basic statement of faith in Christ:
We believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of believers, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Our vision is to be parents in Christian community pursuing a lifestyle of learning, providing an affordable classical Christian education to our families, and passing on a vision of a Christ-centered, integrated understanding of the world to our families’ successive generations.
Our purpose as participating families is to soundly educate our families using the Trivium as a sharing, responsive, grace-based community in order to draw out God’s intention for each family member, cultivating in them their abilities in order to glorify God and to deepen our communion with Him and one another.
As such, the purpose or mission of the program itself is to provide support for homeschooling families by providing a clear, proactive vision (paideia) of homeschooling encompassing a lifestyle of learning, by providing a community emphasizing accountability, fellowship, training and support to the homeschool parent, as well as by providing a simple, strategic class day program providing curriculum and attainable academic goals that ensures theologically integrated education, discipline and goal completion designed to facilitate academic success, and by providing homeschooled students with clear expectations, attainable goals, rewards, fun, community and fellowship.
Classical Education utilizes the proven educational philosophy that was the sole method used in Western Civilization for more than 2000 years. At the center of Classical Education is the Trivium. Seeking to match the curriculum subject matter to a child's cognitive development, the Trivium focuses on three distinct yet related stages. The Grammar Stage (language usage) emphasizes concrete thinking and memorization of facts during the grade school years. Middle school is the Logic Stage (right thinking) which stresses analytical thinking and understanding subjects. The third stage is Rhetoric (verbal and written expression) where high school students are challenged to think abstractly and articulate their thoughts concerning subjects. The Classical Method actualizes the educational theory that has stood the test of time.
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” -Proverbs 24:3-4
Our grammar stage students focus on gaining knowledge through using the tools of inquiry (reading, listening, observing, etc.) and laying a foundation through rote memorization in 8 subject areas.
In the dialectic/logic stage students apply understanding by analyzing and questioning the facts to reason and to exercise argumentation. Logic is introduced in this stage as they take their learning to the next level in history, science, languages, writing, etc.
Finally, students display wisdom by expressing their understanding of the knowledge they’ve acquired. While basic subject areas are still addressed, areas that call or judgment and expression are introduced as well: speech, government, essay, etc. Through the youth council, students are challenged to take responsibility and make decisions for the community as a whole. Students are preparing to make choices of how they will fulfill God’s calling on their lives.