Philosophy of the 3 Schools

Educational Philosophy

The Scriptures declare the existence of the Triune God, the creation and providential control of the universe by God through Jesus Christ, and God’s creation of man in His own image.
All truth is God’s truth. The goal of true education is to find the true relationship between both God and man and God and all of the particular details of the universe. To be known truly, all subjects must be studied in the light of God’s Word. All truth is ultimately religious, and all education must be conducted in light of God’s perspective on the subject. To assume that any area of knowledge can be known truly apart from God’s revelation of Himself is to undermine the foundations of all knowledge.
Man is a sinner by nature and choice. As a result, he cannot know or honor God except by submitting his mind and will to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Being restored in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness in Christ, redeemed man can then obey God’s will. The philosophy of education of Regents Academy presupposes this submission of mind and will as the foundation of all true knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. This philosophy of education further maintains that to attempt to understand the universe apart from Scripture will naturally lead many to fail to comprehend reality.

The classical model of education involves both the educational method as well as content of the academic studies. This method conducts students through the arts of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Collectively, these arts of language have been called the Trivium. The art of grammar focuses on making students at home in language through imitation such that they become accurate interpreters of what they read and hear. Building on the art of grammar, logic is the art of finding arguments and following questions, including the art of avoiding errors in reasoning and drawing valid inferences. At the rhetoric stage of learning, students exercise the art of persuasion by seeing all the available means of persuasion in a given context. They are also able to talk, write, and think intelligently about a subject. In terms of content, Regents Academy requires the study of theology, logic, rhetoric, Latin, literature, history, and the higher mathematics and sciences.

The Christian school operates in loco parentis, that is, “in the place of the parents”; therefore, Regents Academy exists as a co-laborer to assist parents in fulfilling their duties. The Christian school’s role supports the ministry of churches by maintaining sound doctrine and equipping students with the intellectual skills necessary for understanding doctrine and for vocational development.
  1. Bring the student into fellowship with God;
  2. Advance the student in spiritual maturity;
  3. Assist the student in developing an analytical Christian mind;
  4. Enable the student to think God’s thoughts after Him; and
  5. Help the student achieve Christ-like character qualities.
  • Art: Imitation (action) joined with reason; science joined with practice; designed to produce something.
  • Liberal Arts: The Trivium and Quadrivium, consisting of the three arts of language and the four arts of mathematics; together they comprise the tools of learning for demonstrating knowledge and the seeds of learning flowering unto wisdom; the arts pertaining to the flourishing of the soul.
  • Trivium: The three arts of language: grammar, dialectic/logic, and rhetoric.
  • Grammar: The art of being at home in language; like all of the liberal arts, it includes both a productive and a receptive aspect; thus, it includes writing and speaking a language as well as hearing and reading it.
  • Logic: The art of finding arguments and following questions; includes the art of avoiding errors in reasoning and drawing valid inferences (logic), as well as the arts of conversation and inquiry.
  • Rhetoric: Most basically, the art of persuasion; receptively, it is the art of seeing all the available means of persuasion in a given context; productively, it is the art of leading souls through speech.

These definitions come from Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain, The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education, rev. ed. (Camp Hill: Classical Academic Press, 2019), 289-91.