Geneva Academy is a pre-k through 12th grade classical, Christian school founded in 2000.
What is the purpose of Geneva Academy?
The purpose of Geneva is to equip students with the tools of learning so that they will be able to pursue wisdom and knowledge throughout all their lives. What is a Classical Education?Dorothy Sayers said, “Is not the great defect of our education today . . . that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils “subjects,” we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.”
Classical education is the recovery of the art of learning. This means that students will read real books—primary sources, classic literature, histories, scientific treatises, and the Bible. Classical education teaches the traditional tools of learning known as the trivium, or grammar, logic and rhetoric. These tools of learning are taught at the stages when children are naturally prone to apply them. Unlike experimental modern educators who have reversed this age-old pattern—asking grammar students to do “critical thinking” and college students to simply take notes and rattle back what was memorized—classical education teaches “with the grain”.
How do these stages of learning work?
“Grammar” refers to the grammar of language as well as the “grammar facts” of all subjects. Grammar students are sponges for information and memorize quickly and with joy. These early years focus on fact mastery of phonics, parts of speech, multiplication tables, geography, Scripture, science facts, history events, etc. At the 7th grade, students begin the logic stage. Students naturally argue, ask questions, and reason at this age, and so they are taught formal logic. They learn to defend and debate ideas, identify logical fallacies, and construct arguments that reason validly to sound conclusions. In the last stage, the rhetoric stage—when students naturally want to express themselves—they are taught the art of persuasion toward truth. In the senior year, as a capstone, students write and defend a thesis.
Who has been taught this way?
Because classical Christian education was the standard education of the West for millenia, most everyone who received an education would have been taught classically—at least before the late nineteenth century. Examples would include Einstein, Bach, Newton, Luther, Augustine, Cicero, Aristotle, Galileo, Shakespeare, Copernicus, Columbus, Gutenberg, Jefferson, and the majority of our Founding Fathers.
Is a classical education useful in an advancing technological age?
Skills that are now being sought after are increasingly the skills that a classically trained student will have: problem solving, logical thinking, and effective writing and communication. A student who has been given the tools of learning is adaptable to new situations, which makes it the best education for our times.
Is Geneva Academy a ministry of a church?
Geneva Academy is an independent school in the historic Christian tradition. The school comprises Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and other traditions. We stand alongside the family and the Church to nurture children in their love of God and faith in Christ. We want to serve all who wish to have a deep Christian academic education and be a part of transforming culture for Christ.
To whom is the school accountable?
We are members of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS). We test our students using the CPT-4 test of the Educational Records Bureau and our students score high nationally.
Do Geneva graduates go to college?
Geneva graduates have a 100% college acceptance rate. The majority of our graduates have earned scholarships at various universities and colleges. More importantly, our graduates seek to serve the Lord faithfully wherever they are, and in every calling.
How can I find out more about Geneva Academy?
Call us at 318-805-0116 for a tour or an information packet. You can also visit us online at www.genevaclassical.org. We look forward to meeting you.