Wisdom, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action. Webster defines eloquence as the practice or art of using language with fluency and aptness. Virtue is defined by Webster as moral excellence; goodness; righteousness. At Grace Lutheran School we teach that with wisdom, expressed with eloquence, virtue can be achieved by all children of God.
2 Peter 1: 5-8 (New King James Version)
"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness,
knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
At Grace Lutheran School we provide a nurturing environment for students (K through 8th) – developing and fostering students who are passionate about learning. We seek to provide the proper environment for your child — creating well rounded children with a strong sense of who they are and how they fit in in the world around them. There is no greater task in education than to teach students how to learn. To that end, children at Grace Lutheran School are taught using the principles of Classical Education — a proven methodology with Greek and Roman influences.
Classical Education is a three-part process of training the mind to think. The first step in the process (the grammar stage) is based on absorbing facts, laying the foundation for all future learning. This stage begins in Kindergarten. The next step in the process (the logic/dialectic stage) is based on application of the facts to answer “Why?” This stage usually begins about the 4th grade.
Children in this stage are more concerned about the cause and effect and how they fit into a logical framework. The final step in the three-part process of Classical Education begins around the 7th or 8th grade and is referred to as the rhetoric stage. In this stage the first two stages (grammar and logic) are brought together to assist the child in applying the rules of logic to the foundation of facts learned in the first stage and expressing a conclusion in an articulate and concise manner.
Classical Education is more than simply a process of learning. Classical Education is language-focused; learning is accomplished through both written and spoken words. Children are first supplied with facts, then given logical tools for organizing those facts, and finally equipped with the means to express conclusions based on logically organized facts. To the classically trained mind — all knowledge and learning is interrelated. Each subject the student at Grace is taught can be related to the next subject — no subject is taught in isolation of another.
Therefore the classical education method develops independent learning skills on the foundation of language, logic and tangible facts — learning skills that will be with them throughout their lives fostering a desire to continually learn and seek out their life vocation. A Lutheran classical school uses these same skills to build on the foundation of God’s Holy Word. Together these skills will provide your child with a rather sound educational foundation that will help them face the world around them head-on.
At Grace Lutheran School children in K through 2nd are taught Religion, Math, Reading, History, Science, Spanish, Art, basic Physical Education with additional subjects such as Latin and Literature added in grades 5 through 8. Students leave Grace Lutheran School with a classical education foundation that gives them the ability to excel in high school and beyond. Children leave with a sense of wisdom, and a thirst for more knowledge. Your child’s education truly is a life investment.