Guiding Principles and Methodology

Guiding Principles and Methodology

MISSION & VISION

St. Augustine school exists to cultivate excellence, wisdom, and joy by assisting parents in the education of their children, so that they may grow into a thorough understanding of God’s truth, goodness, and beauty.  We aim to accomplish this mission through a classical Christian curriculum within a collaborative model of education.  This collaborative model means that we have fewer on-campus hours than traditional model schools.  We believe this approach helpsstrengthen families and increase student independence, while preserving the academic structure and professional instruction found in a traditional school environment. The classical and Christian approachto education is designed to cultivate wisdom and endow the student with the tools for lifelong joyful learning. For the 2019 – 2020 school year, St.Augustine will offer K-4 through 11th grade, and we plan to grow to a K-4 through 12th grade school in 2020 – 2021.

ASSOCIATIONS

St. Augustine is not associated with any particular Christian congregation or denomination. As a registered non-profit school, St. Augustine is independently governed by men and women who attend various local churches. St.Augustine seeks to promote unity among Christians and so will emphasize those beliefs that unite all Christians.

St. Augustine is a member of ACCS, the Association of Classical, Christian Schools.  ACCS exists to accredit classical, Christian schools in both traditional and collaborative models, and St. Augustine is currently engaged in the ACCS accreditation process.  St. Augustine is a registered and certified member of UMSI, University-Model Schools International, an organization which supports and certifies collaborative model schools, using classical and other curricula.

COLLABORATION

At St. Augustine we affirm that parents play a vital role in the education of their children. Parents are the most influential factor in a child’s academic success, as well as their social and spiritual growth. Therefore, St. Augustine seeks to assistparents in raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. By providing time, flexibility, academic expertise, and a school setting which supports the worldview of the Christian family, St. Augustine hopes to serve as a partner with parents in their God-given responsibility to raise children to His glory.

CLASSICAL & CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

St. Augustine employs classical education as the means to gaining a fuller understanding of God’s world and promoting excellence in education. Classical education emphasizes that all truth isunified. A Christian, classicaleducation finds that unity in the Triune God who is Truth itself. A classically educated student is trained to love truth, goodness, and beauty in God’s world and to express this love in a way that persuades others to do the same.

Classical education has as its goal a person who is equipped with the tools for learning. This education serves thechild well as he pursues learning in any field throughout his life. Classical education is not a vocational training, but it will serve as a foundation to any future vocation. A liberal-arts education is the foundation of the classical approach, and it includes instruction in grammar, logic, rhetoric, math, arts, and sciences. Classical education was the education that all of our past great leaders received, and it shaped many of our country’s founders, the apologists of the Christian faith, classic authors, and great scientists.

St. Augustine acknowledges that no education is neutral. An education does not simply transmit facts, but, rather, it cultivates virtues and orders loves.  Because the only proper view of the world is one that acknowledges Jesus Christas Lord, St. Augustine makes this the foundation of all its teaching. The student is taught to see God in all subjects.The beauty of God’s design can be seen in mathematics, science, literature, and art. The student who is taught to embrace this worldview will find new understanding and delight in all subjects. Because a Christian worldview isbest taught through example, St. Augustine hires faculty who embrace a thoroughly Christian worldview and express it in each of the subjects taught.

EXCELLENCE, WISDOM, AND JOY

We know that wisdom begins not in man-made endeavors but in the fear of the Lord. We want to see our students work for mastery, taking their work seriously, and glorifying God with all their minds.  And, we want to train our children to rejoice in the Lord always, so that while they take their work seriously, they do not take themselves too seriously.  To encourage growth in wisdom, we endeavor to submit all that we do to the lordship of Jesus Christ by covering our school and community with prayer and affirming the authority of Scripture for all of faith and practice.  To cultivate excellence, we maintain high academic standards, and we point our students to the reality that while all are not called to the same level excellence in all areas, we are all called to intellectual discipline and diligence.  To cultivate joy, we embrace the natural delight and wonder given to children by their Creator, encouraging singing, laughing, and resting within a slower-paced model.

ADMITTING AND EQUIPPING FAMILIES

The student body of St. Augustine is selected by a thorough application process. The application is made available to the parents on our website.  With high academic standards and a distinctly Christian environment, St. Augustine asks parents to consider joining only after careful consideration and much prayer. A collaborative model of schooling requires a high level of parental involvement in the younger years and a high degree of student-ownership as the child grows into his or her teen years.  St. Augustine seeks to equip parents through co-teacher training, weekly assignment sheets, and periodic seminars designed to assist families.  St. Augustine seeks to cultivate independence in our students as they grow, so that they may be thoroughly equipped to take ownership of their own education.

STUDENT CONDUCT

St. Augustine seeks to promote a Christian learning environment and to encourage the development of positive Christian relationships amongstudents.  Christian virtues such as respect for God and others, love, obedience, and service are emphasized.  Discipline concerns are brought to the parents’ attention, and principles of Christian communication and confidentiality are maintained.

DRESS CODE

St. Augustine’s uniform dress code is designed to create an atmosphere conducive to learning and respect for God and others. The uniform helps to ensure professionalism propriety, while creating a sense of unity among the students.

DIVERSITY AND NONDISCRIMINATION

St. Augustine School admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. St. Augustine does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, staff hiring and advancement, admission policies, scholarship or loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

At St. Augustine, we firmly uphold that our God creates and redeems people of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  All humans bear the image of God, equal in worth and dignity, and all Christians are unified to Christ, making them equal in status and position.  We want to think God’s thoughts after Him, and so we seek to create an environment that welcomes all who desire to join the St. Augustine community as we seek to accomplish our mission.  We are praying that the Lord will continue to mold St. Augustine into what He would have it to be, especially in the area of diversity.