Evangelical Christian Academy was founded 50 years ago. Since the beginning, ECA has been committed to nurturing student minds on the Truth of God’s Word. We believe that one of our many responsibilities at ECA is to cultivate the God-given abilities within each of our students. This means that we have the joy of engaging the intellect of students with the truth in every sphere: Bible, Literature, Mathematics, Science, History, Art, Music, Language, and many others. In each of these areas, we hold to three basic commitments: a Christ-Centered Approach, a Classical Curriculum, and an atmosphere that Honors the Student as an Image-bearer of God.
We are committed to a Christ-Centered education. In Colossians 1:17, Paul states that in Christ “all things hold together.” Speaking of Christ as the Creator and one One who is Preeminent, Paul makes this astounding statement: All things hold together in Christ. As we give our attention to all of the various studies that make up our curriculum, we do so with the constant awareness that all things hold together in Christ. Whether we study the created order around us in Mathematics and Science or the beauty of Art, Music, Literature, and Language, we do so in light that all things are united in Christ. He is the Creator through whom we see His immutability reflected in the laws of Mathematics and Science. He is the Word made flesh, God’s clearest communication to us, that we see reflected in the study of the written word. We are committed to seeing Christ reflected in all that we study for doing so causes us to delight!
We are committed to a Classical Curriculum. In Philippians 4:8, we read: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” We are here commanded by Paul to study and meditate upon that which is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. This is a high and lofty aim, and it is one that we take seriously. As such, we have a commitment to a Classical Curriculum in which we aim to study that which is True, Beautiful, and Good. These three, along with Philippians 4:8, give us the lens by which we examine everything we set before our students. The Bible teaches us that we become like that which we give our attention to (2 Cor. 3:18, Psalm 115 and Psalm 135). As such, we are committed to a study of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.
Student as an image-bearer of God
And finally, we are committed to an atmosphere that honors the Student as an image-bearer of God. Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created man in His own image. As such, we recognize and honor each and every student as being fundamentally formed in the image of their Creator. Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139)! We, therefore, recognize the basic ability of our students and reject the world’s low view of children that begins with an assumption of the inability of the child. Children are born persons. They are gifted with amazing minds and all sorts of gifts and abilities. So, we have a commitment to teach in a way that honors the ability of our students.
As we come to school each day, we marvel at what a blessing it is to be at ECA. We see God’s truth, virtue, and beauty poured out in the classrooms and interactions. The Bible is taught as the foundation and framework of all knowledge; we start with God first and then add everything else. God is identified and emphasized as the author and creator of all subjects as students study math, history, music, science, literature, and even physical education. Weekly chapel services allow students, teachers, staff, and even parents spend time in whole hearted worship. At the grammar level we utilize children’s God-given strengths; young children enjoy memorizing, singing, and rhymes, so we implement grade appropriate memory devices in every subject reinforcing foundational knowledge. Immersive studies as well as fieldtrips to extend the learning experience are another big part of elementary environment at ECA. We excel in academics while ministering to the whole child.
As any parent or teacher of a Junior High student knows, this particular age is unique and filled with joys as well as challenges. So what does it look like at Evangelical Christian Academy (ECA) to educate, equip and empower students of Junior High age to pursue their purpose in Christ? In the world of Classical Education, this age and stage is called the Logic-level or dialectic-stage and is defined as learning to reason and understand the truth. Therefore students of this age transition from the grammar level of elementary school and start to work with information in new and different ways. The word dialectic is defined as “the art of investigating or discussing the truth of opinions”, and so the Junior High classroom is a place of ideas, of investigation, of discussion, of asking and answering good questions, and of exploring God’s world and working to find what unites the facts and leads to an understanding of the truth.
At the Rhetoric level, students are expected to grow in their capacity in both writing and speaking to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations. Students in Rhetoric level classrooms will be expected to practice these skills as they debate, discuss, and write while interacting with ideas and concepts of increasing complexity. The instructor in the Rhetoric classroom will give more and more responsibility to the student in their discussions, giving opportunity to express their thoughts clearly, encouraging students think creatively, and interact with their peers respectfully.