The term “Biblical Worldview” has become something of a cliché. For about 87% of all Christian secondary schools “faith-based” means simply tacking a few Bible courses onto an otherwise secular curriculum. Very few integrate the Bible into every subject of the curriculum like King’s Way. This longitudinal failure shows up in standardized worldview tests such as the PEERS Biblical Worldview Assessment. This assessment was administered to Christian students in every educational setting over the past 30 years. Worldview scores for Christian students in public schools AND Christian schools have declined steadily to the point that the majority reject the Christian faith shortly after graduation from public high school. King’s Way is one of the very few Christian schools that weaves the law of God into every subject and course syllabus with measurable goals. https://www.nehemiahinstitute.com/PEERSTrend.pdf
Yes, with adequate transcript documentation.
Classical education has a unique methodology and a unique content. The methodology is summarized in the classical trivium: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric. This is summarized in Proverbs 2:6 as knowledge, understanding and wisdom (discovery, understanding, and application). These are “the lost tools of learning” that every student needs for a lifetime of continuing education. They include essential critical thinking and communication skills needed in every walk of life.
There are 6 “omnibus” courses in which students analyze excerpts from the Great Books through a Biblical grid. Omnibus: history, literature, theology and philosophy. Also, 6 required Bible courses help students maintain a Biblical perspective on the Great Books.
Another important feature of the classical education model is “dialectic” interaction. That’s really just a fancy term for discussion. This model recognizes that students learn best by interacting and teaching one another with the instructor as monitor and coach, interjecting mini-lectures as appropriate. This strikes a happy medium between “lone-wolf study” and constant, mind-numbing lecture or “class-time” as a measure of quality.
To accommodate international students, many classes are conducted in the asynchronous format with required keyboard chatting, but no set class time — although some teachers prefer synchronous class meetings. As part of their grade, students must submit questions and respond to questions of classmates. The instructor enters and monitors the discussion a minimum of 2 hours each week. However, in certain subjects (Physics for example) an instructor may opt for a minimum of 2 synchronous class hours each week. All Math courses are in a tutor format on MyOpenMath.com, where students are working self-paced and may click the “help” button at any time to call for their tutor.
Students must be at least 12 years of age and entering the 7th grade.
Yes, students may start any time during the year. Recorded classes and videos help new students catch up, along with detailed syllabi and self-taught activities in the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS). Moodle is the most widely used open-source LMS, in schools around the world.
Yes. but, we believe every student deserves and needs “the rudiments of a classical Christian education” no matter what their career path. These are the lost tools of learning: Latin vocabulary, logic, rhetoric, and debate. In fact, the basic course in every subject category – 10 “rudiments” courses – is offered in a self-taught format for just $25 each. The full curriculum includes 6 Bible courses to complement 6 Great Books courses, spread over 6 years.
True Christian education must be based on the 2nd half of Christ’s Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations….teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you….” (Mt. 28:18-20). But education should also be practical and not always college-oriented. Thus, we suggest that some students enroll in an elective, trades course each term to earn a career Minor via one of our partner schools: carpentry, plumbing, culinary, medical assistant, etc. Contact King’s Way staff for details.”
By taking 5 courses in a specific subject area students may graduate with the words, “Minor in ____[trade]_____” imprinted on their diploma.
Individual courses are available for only $275 tuition. Annual tuition of $1990 may be paid in a lump sum or $199 for 10 months with the 1st month free. That includes the fee for approximately half of the textbooks — those written by the academy. This is about half the price of comparable programs. Generous scholarships are available for families in financial need, based on responses to several questions on the general application form. Or 7th grade students can get started for just $250 in the self-taught “rudiments” program (That’s $25 per course for 10 self-taught courses).
Historically, the classical education in Europe was capped by the Great Tour of major European capitals and landmarks. Visiting places studied added depth and perspective. Consequently, each King’s Way student participates in one of our Education-at-Sea cruises prior to graduation. These include the U.S.
East Coast cruise, the Mediterranean cruise and the Northern Europe/England cruise. Students earn a semester of high school history credit for the cruise.
Unfortunately, the cruise has been temporarily suspended due to Covid restrictions.
Yes, generous scholarships are available for families with financial need. Simply fill out the several optional questions on the general application form to be considered.
There are also several more “unconventional” ways by which a family may reduce the cost of education. You get $100 rebate for every new student you recruit as their tuition is paid. In addition, you can enroll in the entire first year for just $250 tuition in the self-taught mode. Education-at-Sea has a built-in component whereby you can pay for your cruise and other school costs by recruiting friends and family to join you.
Students who participate in our optional un-college, mentor program have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and BS/BA on the same day, thus saving an average $100,000 college tuition and getting a 4-year head start on life. This is an incredible opportunity for the motivated student.
This program eliminates all the hassle associated with traditional college enrollment. No more endless filling out of tedious college application forms. No more preparation for grueling scholarship tests. No more easy loan applications that leave you with the equivalent of a home mortgage without the home. Nobody wants to marry that kind of debt.
Our Un-College mentors will walk you through the simple, 5-phase process and hold your hand every step of the way. Just give us a call and an advisor will explain how we can tailor the program to meet your unique needs.
Here’s how you opt-out of the quality-killing, institutional accreditation mine field. Insiders understand how institutional accreditation destroys innovation in education, drives costs into the stratosphere, and leaves families with a false sense of security. . Consider this article: https://www.heritage.org/education/report/accreditation-removing-the-barrier-higher-education-reform
Experience and research demonstrates that institutional accreditation always leads to lower quality in education and doctrinal degradation over time. Consider the devolution of the Ivy League schools from bastions of orthodoxy to their current condition as bulwarks of Marxist ideology. This was all due to the pressure for “academic respectability” resulting in incremental compromises accumulating imperceptibly over many years. Read “Dying of the Light.”
The need for institutional accreditation is a myth from the bygone industrial era. With the internet coming of age and college costs skyrocketing, more and more thoughtful families are returning to creative alternatives like the apprenticeship or entrepreneurial models. They are backing away from the ineffective and expensive institutional approach. Accreditation of an institution has little to do with the quality or content of instruction in the individual classroom, which is insulated by tenure. Many financially strapped college graduates are working for millionaire business owners with a high school diploma
And that’s where the King’s Way Un-College program comes in. In order to ensure Biblical, academic quality Kingsway has rejected institutional accreditation by any quasi-governmental agency or religious professional association, even the ACCS. We do however, maintain a close affiliation and dual-credit relation with New Geneva Leadership Academy, a post-secondary Christian institution, recognized by the state of Virginia. We adhere to the essential requirements of education according to the Westminster Standards (1647). This Confession teaches that the civil government may not assume to themselves the administration of the Word or interfere in matters of faith. Education at King’s Way is both the administration of the Word and a matter of Faith.
With the Un-college program who needs scholarships? Even in cases when an accredited high school diploma may be necessary for things like a nursing certificate, your King’s Way transcripts and a small fee is all it requires. The Un-College program makes accreditation and the need for clamoring over ACT scores and scholarships a moot point. Why bother? Join the Un-College movement. Ask us how.
As part of the Un-college program, every student is accredited by a local review committee much like that of a PhD candidate. The student’s character growth is logged by Parents and becomes part of their permanent record. Academic performance is tracked by the “Professional” instructor(s) at the school, with the last word on doctrinal issues monitored by the parents. The student’s Pastor verifies accuracy with his signature.
Parents or grandparents are involved, but not overwhelmed. As described above Parents are primarily responsible for character development of their children. Also, in some classes Parents are asked to perform a “doctrinal review” of written assignments and mark satisfactory completion (no grading) to ensure that the school is not usurping parental authority.