Statistics Supporting Classical Education

 

Classical schools are growing in popularity across our country and the world.  There are currently 260 classical schools registered with the Association of Classical & Christian Schools in the United States.  These schools seek to inspire children toward a life-long pursuit of learning which is anchored in pursuing the Creator.  Incoming national Common Core standards only exacerbate this problem by focusing exclusively on the “efficiency” of learning, without any stated goal of education beyond “career and college readiness.”  We owe it to our children and communities to champion a higher calling and better vision than mere technical preparedness.

We believe that families are searching for a school that focuses on cultivating a love of learning centered on a love for God.  Our sister school, Providence Classical Academy, has seen tremendous growth over the past 9 years.  In August of 2005, Howard Davis, along with 5 other families, started Providence with 20 students enrolled in K-4th.  As more families learned about classical education, the school began to grow.  By 2009, enrollment was over 100 in grades K-8th.  Currently, in 2016, the school has reached an enrollment of 446, K-11th.

Howard is continuing his passion for the community and commitment to the impact that the classical model has in the lives of children.  He served as Headmaster for Providence for years and is now graciously assisting us as we start Ascension Classical School.  His guidance, support and wisdom have been invaluable to us.  Our Kindergarten class is thriving and if our recent interest meeting is any indication, we will be expanding to 3-4 classes next year.  With this kind of growth, we plan to be breaking ground next school year with the hopes of being in a new facility by our 3rd year!!  God has already done amazing things in getting us off the ground and we are trusting Him for everything He has in store for Ascension.


Standardized Test Scores from
The Association of Classical and Christian Schools


Christopher Perrin, PhD, is the publisher with Classical Academic Press, and a national leader, author, and speaker for the renewal of classical education.  He serves as a consultant to classical charter schools, classical Christian schools, schools converting to the classical model, and homeschool co-ops.  He is the director of the Alcuin Fellowship, the co-chair of the Society for Classical Learning, and previously served as a classical school headmaster for ten years.

He reports: “The truth is that classically-educated high school graduates are going to a wide variety of colleges, both Christian and secular.  In my experience, these students are competitive and often gain entry into selective colleges, and often receive scholarships.  The word is out among many colleges that classical students are generally great students, well-prepared for high-level college work.  I know from talking to professors firsthand how this seems to have worked:  about ten years ago various colleges began to notice that classically-educated students were excelling at college.  K-12 schools (and homeschools) from which these students came where identified as small but rich sources of great students.”