Frequently Asked Questions
A Classical Christian education is an intellectually and spiritually formative education that sparks a love of learning, establishes a solid foundations and good habits of mind and soul, provides students with the tools of learning and presents them with rich content and great ideas. Classical Christian education seeks to nourish the souls of students on truth, goodness and beauty so that they might learn to love that which is worth loving and learn to use their gifts and freedoms wisely in service of God and neighbor.
The classical method was born in ancient Greece and Rome, was used throughout the Western world by the 16th century, and remained the norm until at least 1850 and in many places through the early 20th century. And what is the reason for its widespread use across millennia? It works. Students benefit from this proven method of education which teaches students to become independent thinkers, effective communicators and lifelong learners while being guided by a thoroughly biblical world and life view. Utilizing time-tested methods that provide students with the best tools for their learning abilities at any given age, classical education is experiencing resurgence in popularity after decades of educational experimentation and decline. Educators and parents alike are rediscovering the methods that have produced the great writers, thinkers, mathematicians, artists, scientists, orators and political minds of history.
Classical education is as well-suited to modern day learning as it was in the past. The goal of this education is to teach children how to think and learn for themselves. Classical education gives students facts, provides them with logical tools to order, relate and analyze those facts, and hones the students’ ability to communicate their conclusions to others. This fundamental skill-set is more valuable today than it has ever been. Once these tools of learning are mastered, then subjects become the material upon which one practices and develops these tools. Therefore, modern subjects in science and technology are taught in classical schools using classical methods. This time-tested method simply adds more depth and breadth to the process and gives them tools which they can then apply to any subject, ancient or modern. And people who can reason and articulate well are always in demand.
The Cambridge School uses a variety of curriculum resources, all of which are academically challenging and supportive of our goals as a Christian Classical school. We teach all of the basic subjects that other schools offer and more. The difference is that we teach them from a Classical Christian perspective. In addition to solid instruction in phonics/reading, math, science and composition, we have a well-rounded, integrated and rigorous course of study that also includes art and music theory, practice and appreciation, full-immersion Mandarin, P.E. and also Latin from Kindergarten and up, along with Logic and Rhetoric at the upper grades. The curriculum follows the Association of Classical Christian School’s guidelines and has been developed by Cambridge board members in conjunction with classical education advisors. The curriculum is examined and updated annually. Additional curriculum support comes from guest speakers, special projects, and field trips throughout the year.
- Latin trains the mind for orderly thinking and expression
- The study of Latin lays a firm foundation in the grammar and vocabulary of English, and nearly 80% of all English words derive from Latin
- Students of the classical languages tend to fare extraordinarily well on standardized tests
- Having a working knowledge of Latin facilitates students’ acclimation to the learning of other, modern foreign languages
- Study of classical languages encourages an understanding of and appreciation for Western culture and civilization
Yes! We offer aftercare from 3-5pm in the form of Cambridge Club. We also have a robust variety of after school enrichments.
The Cambridge School is not affiliated with any church. It is an independent, board-run school.
While parents/guardians should be aware and comfortable with the fact that our philosophy of education is founded upon and informed by a biblical worldview and that the beliefs enumerated in our statement of faith are taught in various and frequent ways across school programs, there is no requirement for a profession of faith by applicants or their families.
Yes. The Cambridge School opened its doors in the fall of 2006 and strives to provide an excellent Classical Christian education. The Cambridge School has received the longest possible term of accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2013 and again in 2019.
Yes, all students wear uniforms that include both standard and dress components. Extensive research confirms the overwhelming benefit of adopting a uniform policy for all students as a means to improving student discipline and performance while minimizing distractions in the classroom. Beyond uniforms, all school supplies are provided the first day of school and are included in the cost of tuition.
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