Why Faith Christian School?
Distinctively Christian & Classical
Faith Christian School provides a unique learning experience. We are the only school in the Roanoke Valley to offer a distinctively Christian and classical education. Students need not choose between having a faith-based education and a strong, challenging academic experience. Faith and reason thrive within the walls of Faith Christian School.
At FCS we seek to equip students with a thoughtful Christian worldview. Rather than confining Christianity to a Bible class, we affirm that “all truth is God`s truth,” and that a rightly-ordered understanding of the universe can only exist where all things are considered in relation to the triune God. Accordingly, we take an integrated approach to Bible, literature, language arts, history, science, math, and the arts. This interdisciplinary model, in concert with scriptural training at home and consistent involvement in a local church, shapes faith and reason as students develop into mature Christian leaders.
Harmonious with a biblical worldview, a classical education provides an educational framework in keeping with a student’s natural development. Our aim is that students will gain mastery of basic foundational skills in Lower School (Grammar Stage), develop strong reasoning skills in Middle School (Logic Stage), and mature into keen critical thinkers in Upper School (Rhetoric Stage). Toward that end, students delve deeply into the study of Liberal Arts and Sciences and find themselves equipped with the tools necessary to become life-long learners.
Faith Christian School is an independent, nondenominational school supporting families in over 25 churches in the Roanoke Valley.
The Grammar Stage
In the Grammar stage, roughly equivalent to the elementary years, we take advantage of a young child’s innate capacity to memorize and retain information by teaching underlying facts and relationships of each subject. Teaching methods used at this stage of learning include chants, jingles, rhymes, and songs that make facts easier to memorize and remember, as well as hands-on learning experiences that nurture curiosity and creativity.
During this period, we focus on “the basics;” that is, the fundamental teaching of Holy Scripture, phonetic reading, mathematics, history, language studies, the arts, and introductory science. Our students study Spanish in grades K-3, and begin Latin in grade four. The study of classical languages (Latin) is invaluable in building English vocabulary, developing precision in grammar and syntax, accessing modern foreign languages, stimulating cultural literacy, and developing a stronger understanding of the classical world of the New Testament.
The Dialectic (Logic) Stage
While the Grammar stage is the learning the “what” or facts of something, the middle school years roughly correspond to the leaning of “why.” In this phase, children are very naturally testing the facts they have learned, putting data together in an understandable way. Students in these years develop the capacity for more abstract thought, as they expand on the knowledge base acquired during the grammar stage. Now, however, emphasis is placed on using these facts to create proper sentences, to define terms and eliminate ambiguity, and to detect fallacies. Students at this age love to question and debate. To equip them to argue correctly, we teach a formal course in Logic, whereby they are taught properly to construct and critique valid arguments, to recognize logical fallacies, to identify critical underlying assumptions, and to develop sound reasoning skills.
The Rhetoric Stage
In the Rhetoric (high school) stage, students put together their acquired knowledge and skills in the creation and articulate expression of their own ideas, and begin to formulate their own worldviews. Classical education is incomplete without the final phase of acquiring wisdom, and developing the capacity for beauty and clarity of expression. Students in this stage take positions on issues and argue for these positions using cogent, articulate, and persuasive communication. Discussion and analysis of controversial and fundamental issues and philosophies will continue, and students will be required to critically examine the assumptions and conclusions intrinsic to their own philosophies and those of the world around them. The students will be immersed in the best of literature, the arts, history, theology, philosophy, science, and mathematics, they will refine their ability to articulate their knowledge, and will learn how to share and defend their faith, so that they might shape our world for Christ in the next generation.
[ 2 Paraphrased from Andrew Kern. ]