Our teachers are gifted educators who love children, who are thoroughly trained in the classical tradition, and who share a personal passion for learning and discovery. Teachers who know and love their students, know and love Christ, and know and love their subjects exude the enthusiasm and passion necessary to truly engage students in the classroom. In the tried-and-true model of the traditional classroom, a knowledgeable, enthusiastic teacher carefully leads students into an understanding of each subject. A focused classroom environment enables teachers to give students more individual attention and grant students abundant opportunity for participation and leadership. Thus, classrooms are engaging, yet orderly and disciplined. This is why the experience of the traditional classroom has historically demonstrated its superiority over the modern child-centered classroom.
“Today we have a weakness in our education process in failing to understand the natural associations between the disciplines. We tend to study all our disciplines in unrelated parallel lines. This tends to be true in both Christian and secular education. This is one of the reasons why evangelical Christians have been taken by surprise at the tremendous shift that has come in our generation.”
– Francis Schaeffer
At The Habersham School, we begin with the end in mind. In Wisdom and Eloquence, Robert Littlejohn and Chuck Evans observe that “most curriculum planning processes start at the bottom and work up in a building-block fashion.” However, without intentional, top-down development much of a school’s success will be accidental at best. THS’s goal is to embody a curriculum that instills thoughtfulness, and stresses weight and depth over fluff. The curriculum is viewed as a coherent whole in which all subjects are fully integrated within each year and from year to year. After all, a classical Christian education aspires to give students knowledge combined with understanding achievable each step of the way once the end result has been clearly defined.
The study of Latin and Greek produces practical, cultural and formative benefits. Practically, it provides a foundation for English and all other modern languages and helps increase standardized test scores due to its strong vocabulary and grammar emphasis. More importantly, the intensive study of Latin develops the minds of students unlike any other subject, producing a keen academic work ethic as it engages both the analytical and poetic sides of the brain. Students who have discovered how to learn with Latin become better-equipped to study all other subjects. Further, the study of classical languages increases cultural literacy and develops knowledge of our own historical heritage which becomes increasingly significant in this age of relativism. Many classical educators believe the study of classical languages provides a path to wisdom and knowledge that cannot be attained by any other method.
- Class Size: Our classes enable individual attention and abundant opportunities for each student to participate and lead.
- Teachers: Our teachers are educators who love children, who are involved in ongoing training, and who share a personal passion for learning and discovery.
- A Culture that Celebrates Thinking: Education moves from facts-training to engaging students in conversations and debates around modern living ideas.
- Classical Pedagogy: THS uses proven pedagogy that leverages the best content from Western civilization, follows the natural learning abilities of the child, and has endured the test of time.
Believing With Confidence
The vision is for every student to know Jesus Christ through a confident knowledge of Scripture and to be prepared to boldly live out his or her faith compassionately in the modern world.
- Christ-Centered: Our vision is for students to believe with confidence and live with character. Therefore, we seek to take “every thought captive” to the Lordship of Christ by teaching every subject as part of an integrated whole put forward from the very mind and hand of God, Himself.
- Statement of Faith: Faculty, staff, and families share a common Christian, orthodox faith that allows for consistency between home and school.
- Worldview Development: All academic subjects are taught as parts of an integrated whole with Scripture at its nucleus. Students are mentored to become “thinking Christians.”
- Mentoring and Advisors: Classroom teachers focus on each student. During the turbulent middle school years, teachers also serve as advisors for students in areas of faith and learning.
- Mentors and Models: Students are challenged to live virtuously and nobly through the example of historical heroes as well as inspirational contemporary leaders.
- Servant Leadership: Modeled after the example of Jesus Christ, Habersham students learn to lead by serving others in their school and community.
- Athletics and Art: Athletics and Art are used to teach incremental skill development, as well as to provide a context for learning to deal graciously with everything from disappointment to triumph. Drama is also taught incrementally, building and training in the skills of rhetoric. Even lunch-time is used as an opportunity to teach manners and social graces. Intentionality is the key to full academic excellence.