King's Way Classical Academy

Mission Statement

Our aim is to contribute to the Great Commission by “discipling the nations, one student at a time.” This slogan is expanded in our mission statement:

By means of its unique online curriculum and delivery system, Kings Way Classical Academy exists to 1) help homeschool families overcome educational hurdles, 2) help K-8 Christian schools transition to high school and 3) provide a low-cost alternative for Christian children in public schools.”

It's a school “Where You Don’t Have to Choose Between Low Price and High Quality.” This is of course opposite the government school system, where low quality and high costs are the norm. Even worse, the Source of all knowledge (God) is literally outlawed in the public schools. The high price is measured in escalating property taxes and plummeting Biblical worldview scores of Christian students in the public schools

By contrast, we strive to arm young people with a Biblical worldview by analyzing the classical curriculum. They do this with the 3-step process of grammar, dialectic (or logic), and rhetoric, known as the Trivium. The goal is wisdom like Solomon that applies the Bible to practical issues of life. No matter their eventual vocation, our students learn to think critically and speak with authority. This is portrayed 1) visually in the King's Way coat of arms and 2) verbally in the ACCS statement of faith.

We strive to impart not only information, but a method of learning to last a lifetime. Graduates are uniquely equipped to assume positions of leadership in their chosen profession. Because instruction is saturated in application of the Bible, young people emerge as "ambassadors for Christ." They enter the ranks of those who establish the tone and direction of our culture -- the Christian nobility. That's how we contribute to Christ's Great Commission and "disciple nations one student at a time." (Mt. 28:19,29).

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Method of Instruction

The time-tested Trivium lies at the heart of the methodology: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. The Trivium guides both the strategy and the tactics of the teaching method.

Strategy means adapting the phases of learning to the stages of child development. Children are good at soaking up facts so we focus on grammar in grades 1-6.

But grammar means more than just English and Latin vocabulary. It is also the basic set of concepts and words that define any subject. So the grammar school emphasizes laying this foundation, apart from abstract concepts. The key question for the teacher is “what?”

In the middle years – grades 7-9 – children begin to connect the dots and adopt a questioning, challenging mindset. This may be expressed in a rebellious attitude. We try to channel these impulses into dialectical thinking, the key question in the classroom, being “why?” The study of formal and informal logic fits perfectly here. Logic provides structure for interpreting the world. In the dialectic school the collected data is challenged, viewed from multiple perspectives, and integrated into practice: thus leading to comprehension.

In high school – grades 10-12 – the focus shifts to application and the key question on the lips of the teacher is “how?” Young adults are struggling to communicate, so these skills are honed by classes in writing, rhetoric, and debate. They find pleasure defending their critical thinking. The rhetoric school is the capstone, in which the student learns to confidently express what they've learned in writing and speech.

These three questions – what? why? and how? -- also give us tactics for teaching each subject and each individual unit. Questions, in that general sequence, are constantly posed to stimulate dynamic interaction in class. “Teaching is not telling.” Or at least not exclusively telling, but rather leading students to discover truth.

Mastery of every subject follows this pattern. From the student’s standpoint, it is “discovery, understanding and application.” For the instructor, it is a teaching model of “state, illustrate, and apply.” Each course is designed using this teaching method.

As usual, the Bible sums it up much more concisely in Pr 2:6 – “For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” And there you have it -- the how, what and why of the learning process.

Courses are available at the Basic ($25) or Premier ($230) levels. Basic level courses are self-taught and include the Basic "grammar", introductory course, in every subject sequence. These are about 25% of the curriculum. They are self-paced and self-taught with immediate reinforcement via computer exercises. Computer quizzes are graded automatically and become part of the transcript. Thus, every student may obtain the rudiments of a classical education at nominal cost.

Premier level students meet twice a week with an instructor via the online conferencing system. Each Basic "grammar" course is prerequisite to one or more upper level dialectic or rhetoric courses in each subject sequence.

Total costs, averaged over the six years of junior high and high school, are less than half that at other online schools, making a classical, Christian education affordable to everyone. Save even more by enrolling in our junior high and high school Diploma Program for only $1000 tuition per year.

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