We partner with families to classically educate students to think, live, and engage the world in a manner that consistently brings glory to God.
We aim to graduate young men and women who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason persuasively and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in the light of Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God. We desire them to recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical, and to be unswayed towards evil by the former. We aim to find them well prepared in all situations, possessing both information and the knowledge of how to use it. We desire them to be socially graceful and spiritually gracious; equipped with and understanding the tools of learning; desiring to grow in understanding, yet fully realizing the limitations and foolishness of the wisdom of this world. We desire they have a heart for the lost and the courage to seek to dissuade those who are stumbling towards destruction; that they distinguish the real gospel from religion in form only; and that they possess the former, knowing and loving the Lord Jesus Christ. And all these we desire them to possess with humility and gratitude to God.
We likewise aim to cultivate these same qualities in our staff and to see them well paid so that they may make a career at Legacy. We desire them to be professional and diligent in their work, gifted in teaching, loving their students and their subjects. We desire that they clearly understand classical education, how it works in their classroom and how their work fits into the whole; that they possess a lifelong hunger to learn and grow; and that they have opportunity to be refreshed and renewed. We desire to see them coach and nurture new staff and to serve as academic mentors to students. We look to see them maturing in Christ, growing in the knowledge of God, and observing their own children walking with the Lord.
We aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of responsibility for the school; to see them well informed about the goals of our classical and Christ-centered approach. We desire them to grow with the school, involved in and excited about the journey. We aim to help them to follow biblical principles in addressing concerns, to be inclined to hearing both sides of a story before rendering a verdict, and to embrace the Scripture’s injunctions to encourage and stir up one another to love and good works.
Finally, in our relationship with our community, we aim to be above reproach in our business dealings and supportive of the local business community. We seek to serve the community with Christ as our example of a humble servant. Responsible stewardship is our goal, as we utilize the resources God provides to us. We further seek to exemplify the unity of the body of Christ, to develop greater fellowship and understanding with the churches, and to bring honor to our Lord in all our endeavors.
1. Preeminence of Christ.
We believe that Christ is above all. He has been given authority, by God the Father, to rule over all; and every knee will one day bow to His lordship. We believe that we exist for God’s glory, but that man is inherently sinful. Mankind is in desperate need of the salvation offered by Jesus Christ through His atoning death. We seek to direct students toward a deeper relationship with God through Christ.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:15-18.
2. Authority of Scripture.
The foundation for all we teach and do is the inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God. We seek to build within each student a biblical worldview, taking our definition and standard of truth from the Scriptures. The Bible itself is a central subject in the academic curriculum. Biblical truths are integrated into the learning experience of all subjects. Students learn how to process information and draw conclusions in the context of biblical truth, leading to a life that glorifies God.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
3. Role of Family.
We believe that God has given parents the ultimate responsibility for the education of their children. We serve as an extension of the home, partnering with parents and serving families in the intellectual and spiritual discipleship of their children. We believe that God has created each child as unique and worthy of our utmost attention. Further to our partnership with families, we seek to bring God’s light, grace and truth to our broader community.
“These commandments that I give you today re to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7.
4. Discipleship Model.
Christ’s Legacy Academy’s commitment is to the education of children from Christian families. In order for our curricular objectives to be accomplished, it is important that the home, the church, and the school be communicating the same worldview to the children. We believe that it is our Christian responsibility to disciple young people in the ways of our Master. Christ himself used the discipleship model in his earthly ministry, and encouraged us to do the same. Students are taught to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, strength, and to love their neighbors as themselves.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples…” Matthew 28:18b-19a.
5. Classical Approach.
We have adopted the classical approach to education. This methodology emphasizes the Trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric) in all subjects. Grammar teaches the fundamental rules of each subject. Logic provides the ordered relationship of particulars in each subject. Rhetoric promotes how the grammar and logic of each subject may be clearly expressed. This method has been proven over millennia, and encourages all students to develop a love for learning and to live up to their academic potential. It provides an orderly atmosphere conducive to the attainment of the above goals.
“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.
6. Academic Excellence.
We believe that the holistic approach personified by the classical model is exceptionally outstanding in preparing the student to retain knowledge, think logically and analytically, communicate effectively, and succeed in living out God’s calling on their lives. High academic standards are maintained for each student, with the expectation that each will succeed. Every child is encouraged to maximize their learning potential and develop a love for life long learning.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.
CLA feels that there are several areas of social concern that are contrary to forming a biblical worldview. We understand that there may be disagreement on these issues; but if these issues arise during classroom discussion, CLA will take these positions as biblical:
- We believe that God purposefully created the universe as outlined in Genesis 1 & 2. Specifically, we believe that God utilized the literal six 24 hour days. (Genesis 1&2; Genesis 5:1-2; Psalm 33:6; Isaiah 29:16; John 1:3; Romans 1; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11)
- We believe that mankind was created in the image of God. Human life should therefore be protected from the time of conception. (Job 10:10; Psalm 71:6; Psalm 139:15; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5)
- We believe that sexual relationships were designed by God to be between a male and female exclusively in a marriage relationship. (Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:22; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 5:18-26; 1 Thessalonians 4:3)
- We believe that the use of metaphysical means (i.e. spirits, horoscopes, crystals, etc.) to gain knowledge is false and dangerous. We believe that God alone is the source of all truth. (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 33:4; John 14:6; Acts 13; I Chronicles 10:13)
- We believe that God is impartial to people, no matter their race, background, or experience. He shows compassionate love and mercy to all of those who would call on His name for salvation. (Hebrews 11; John 3:16; Acts 16:31)
- We believe that God created male and female distinctly, and He sovereignly blesses individuals with their physical (biological phenotype) gender. We will honor these gender differences respectfully. Therefore, we do not agree with any attempts to change the physical gender God granted, nor do we agree with any declarations that an individual’s gender is other than what God bestowed physically. (Genesis 1:27, Deuteronomy 22:5, Romans 9:20)