FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The term “Biblical Worldview” has become something of a cliché. But for at least 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. This assessment was administered to Christian students in every educational setting over the past quarter century. 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.
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 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 when needed. This strikes a happy medium between “lone-wolf study” and “lecture paralysis” or “class-time” as a measure of quality. The Piazza learning platform allows even the most introverted students to interact anonymously anytime during daily office hours. As part of their grade, students must submit questions and respond to questions of classmates. Depending on the course, office hours range from 2 to 6 hours daily.
Students must be at least 12 years of age and entering the 7th grade.
Yes, students may start any time during the year. Classes are asynchronous, meaning there are no scheduled class times. Students are required to submit questions and interact with their classmates, under the watchful eye of the instructor.
Yes. But, we believe every student deserves “the rudiments of a classical Christian education” no matter what their career path. In fact, the basic course in every subject – about 15 “rudiments” courses in all – is offered in a self-taught format for just $25 each. The “$1,000 Annual Tuition Program” 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 oriented toward college. Consequently, we recommend each student use their elective credit each term to enroll in a practical course by linking to American High School from the King’s Way website. By taking 8 courses in a specific subject area – like business, criminal justice, graphic arts, mathematics, etc – students may graduate with the words, “Minor in _____________” emblazoned on their diploma.
Individual courses are available for only $295 tuition. The more economical “$1,000 annual tuition program” may be paid in a lump sum or 4 payments of $290. That includes a fee for approximately half of the textbooks — those written by the academy. Or junior high 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, King’s Way requires that each student participate 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.
Our tuition is priced intentionally low so virtually any family can participate. Annual tuition is only $1,000 compared to $5,000-$10,000 at most private schools. Even most of the online schools are approaching that price point. Families are encouraged to donate for continued assistance of low-income families. At present there are no scholarships, per se, but there are 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.
- 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.
No. This 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.
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. 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.”
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. Most colleges are actually trying to recruit homeschool students, such as those graduating from King’s Way. Far better to join the “UnCollege movement” described below. Consider this article: https://www.heritage.org/education/report/accreditation-removing-the-barrier-higher-education-reform.
As described above Parents are primarily responsible for character development of their children. Also, in some classes Parents are required to perform a “doctrinal review” of written assignments and mark satisfactory completion to ensure that the school is not usurping parental authority.
Yes, but who needs scholarships? Why not join the UnCollege Movement that is sweeping the nation instead. Even in cases where a college degree is deemed necessary, there are many alternatives to the expensive college “campus experience.” King’s Way offers a free mentor program by which enrolled students may earn their accredited BS/BA degree on the same day they get their high school diploma. Thus, saving $100,000 and 4-6 years of otherwise wasted time. This makes accreditation and the need for clamoring over ACT scores and scholarships a moot point. Why bother? Join the UnCollege movement. Ask us how. Contact a Guidance Councilor for more details: 503-658-0385.