Wisdom of the Ancients
in the Modern World
As a classical school, we align ourselves with the established wisdom of the ancients, particularly the cultures of Greece and Rome. We believe that many of the tenets of the ancient world still pertain to the issues of the modern world. Our students study the language, literature, and history of the ancients. We further believe that education is a training of character, and character is the intersection of intellectual development and moral integrity. We seek to develop each student’s ability to be thoughtful, consider the views and needs of others, and act with integrity.
Our curriculum is designed to inform, provoke and inspire our students.
So much of the talk in education now revolves around the notion of preparation. We are preparing students for standardized tests, for college, for citizenship, for their professional lives. While we acknowledge preparation as a worthy goal, we want our curriculum to do more than that.
The classical tradition distinguishes information from knowledge. We help students to sort through information, decide what is essential, and work to develop knowledge. Our curriculum helps students think critically.
For the ancients and for us, education is a process of awakening students to possibilities. Education cannot happen unless the individual is engaged. Our students wrestle with conflicting views on controversial subjects.
Plato described the quest for knowledge as a journey of love. We too believe that education should be a beauty-filled experience. To inspire our students, our curriculum focuses on ideas and works that will awe our students.
Knowledge for the ancients was the highest level of commitment to an idea that a student could demonstrate. In asking our students to make ideas their own, we are asking them to commit to a deep knowledge.