When did we lose sight of this old notion?
Life outcomes for today's graduates, from a variety for academic backgrounds, do not give a picture of happy adults.
THIS IS OUR VISION
We aim to graduate young men and women who think clearly and listen carefully, using discernment and understanding to evaluate human knowledge and experience.
We desire that they be able to reason persuasively and speak precisely, and that they do these things in light of and in joyful submission to “the whole counsel of God." We desire that they recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical and that they be unswayed toward evil by the former. We aim to see them well-prepared in every situation, possessing the knowledge and wisdom to live a godly, well-examined life. We desire that they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious, equipped with the tools of learning and eager to employ them in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness. We wish them to be lifelong learners who continually cultivate the joy of intellectual growth and a sense of wonder about the world God has made, yet always recognizing the limits of worldly wisdom. We aim for them to be courageous young men and women who love Christ and eagerly desire to see His kingdom come; who have a love for His Church, a heart for the lost, the courage to dissuade those stumbling toward destruction, and the wisdom to discern real religion from religion in form only. All of these things we aim to see them possess with deep humility and gratitude to God.
We likewise aim to cultivate these things in our staff and to see them well paid so that they can make a career at Cedar Classical Academy.
We desire them to be professional and diligent in their work, to be gifted in teaching, and to love their subjects and their students. We aim for our staff to have a thorough understanding of classical Christian education, to see how their work fits into the whole vision of our education, and to see how these things play out individually in their classrooms. We desire them to be eager lifelong learners who continue to grow and mature in the knowledge and love of their discipline and in their walk with the Lord. We desire them to nurture new staff members and to mentor their students both academically and spiritually.
We aim to cultivate in our parent community an understanding of, and commitment to, classical Christian education and our school’s goals and desires for their students.
We desire that they embrace a sense of responsibility for their school, understanding that the Lord has placed ultimate responsibility for a child’s upbringing into the hands of parents. We desire that they grow with the school, being involved in and excited about the journey we take together. We aim to help them follow biblical principles in addressing concerns. We encourage them to hear both sides of a story before rendering a verdict and to embrace the Scripture’s injunction to stir one another up to love and good works.
In our relations with our community, we aim to be above reproach in our business dealings and to support local businesses wherever possible.
We seek, as a school, to exemplify Christ to the watching world, demonstrating the unity of the body of Christ by promoting fellowship across different churches, to the end that all who observe or interact with us may “see their good works and glorify their Father in heaven.”