CORE PRINCIPLES

Christian

        Foundation: Acacia is founded upon Godís ultimate, perfect, and unchanging truth, goodness, and beauty as expressed in the Scriptures, through nature, and through the person of Jesus Christ.

        Christ-centered: Acacia is a Christ-centered school. The centrality of the person Jesus Christ, living both in history and through faith in our lives, impacts every aspect of the life of the school including what is taught, how it is taught, and how individuals conduct themselves.

        Biblical worldview: Acacia will train students in Christian discipleship, integrating a Biblical worldview, to have zeal for serving God and transforming the society in which they live.

        Christian community: To accomplish its mission, Acacia must have an atmosphere of love, kindness, forgiveness, orderliness and joy; in essence, a Christian community. A school culture will be promoted in which misconduct is not acceptable, students recognize and respect authority, an excited love of learning is fostered, and reconciliation across societal boundaries is practiced.

 

Classical

        Trivium: Acacia will employ classical education methods: organized learning that is compatible with the stages of development of the children and emphasizes the grammar (knowledge), logic (understanding), and rhetoric (expression) skills necessary to launch young men and women on a lifetime journey of growth and learning.

        The Great Conversation of Books: Students will pursue a mastery of language by utilizing classic written works by great authors from original sources along the continuum of history (The Great Conversation) and by studying core languages including Latin and English.

        Integration of subjects: The school will supply a liberal education that emphasizes the connectivity and context of subjects: the interrelationships of art, history, music, language, philosophy, mathematics, and science.

 

Parent Involvement

        Partnership with parents: Acacia recognizes that the foremost responsibility of the education of children lies with the parents or persons acting in the place of parents. As such, faculty and staff of Acacia enter into a deliberate partnership with parents in the educational process of their children spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially.

 

Learning Environment

        Exemplary leadership: All those who teach or who are in a position of authority at Acacia will follow Christ and inspire excellence in each student.

        Teaching methods: Teachers will utilize mind-building teaching methods including narration, chants, nature study, short lessons, objective student evaluations, and minimal homework.

        Class size: Meaningful teacher-student relationships and appropriate individualized attention will be enhanced by using small class sizes.

        Individualized learning: Acacia seeks to accommodate flexible learning rates and styles. Decisions about school entry age and retention, readiness for enrichment, testing and evaluation are made in recognition that each student has special gifts and contributes in various ways.

        Habits: Acacia will promote the development of character-building habits: Attention, Obedience, Respect, Responsibility, Reverence, Reflection, Thoroughness, Punctuality, Service, Self-control, and Integrity.

 

Community Collaboration

        Schools: Acacia will seek to build bridges, not walls, between all schools and places that educate children.

        Businesses and organizations: The staff and directors will establish relationships within the local community for mutual learning.

        Christian community: The leadership of Acacia will exemplify the body of Christ through cooperation with Christian groups.

        Service learning: Acacia teachers will integrate service to the community with classroom curriculum.

        Accessibility: Acacia will strive to be accessible to families of all income levels through need-based financial assistance.

 

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