Our Philosophy

Christian Education

Washington School commits to both teaching the absolute truth of God’s word, the Bible, and to integrating all areas of study with God’s word. We intentionally seek to instill a thoroughly Christian worldview in our students.

Classical Education

Washington School pursues a classical Christian approach to education. Students will be taught the fundamentals of each discipline (Grammar), how to think through each discipline (dialectic, or logic), and how to express their thinking on each discipline (rhetoric).


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The Supremacy and Sufficiency of the Word of God

2 Timothy 3: 16-17

God’s inerrant Word, the Bible, comprises the foundation upon which all areas of true knowledge and study rest. Washington School seeks to permeate all disciplines with God’s Word and study all disciplines under the authority of God’s Word.

2 Tim 3: 16-17; Col 1:15-20; Matt. 7: 7-12; Rom 1:20

God states in His Word that He reveals Himself in creation. Thus, all genuine truth in creation is truth God has revealed and is available to all mankind at all times. This means that truth in mathematics, science, language, history, etc. is established by God and should be studied as such. This truth from creation, however, will never contradict God’s special revelation in His Word, and thus God’s Word must guide us in our understanding of what is true and what is false in all fields of study.

Parental Responsibility

Deuteronomy 6 & Ephesians 6:4

God has granted to parents the responsibility and authority for raising their children, including the responsibility of educating them. The heart of this education is the teaching of God’s Word, with all areas of knowledge. Washington School seeks to assist parents in this God-given responsibility. In addition, God has ordained fathers to be the heads of their homes. We desire that in each home, whenever possible, the father will exercise leadership in educating his children.

Ephesians 5:22 – 6:4

Biblical Worldview

2 Corinthians 10:5

All areas of knowledge and life should be viewed according to the perspective of the absolute truth of God’s Word. Washington School teaches this worldview and seeks to model it through the godly lifestyles of its teachers, staff and volunteers. As a key part of teaching this worldview, Washington School seeks both to encourage students, by God’s grace, to repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation. It further seeks to provide an environment in which students can develop Christian character and leadership skills.

2 Cor. 10:5, Matt. 28: 18-20, 19:13-15; Proverbs 22:6, 4:20-27, 2 Cor. 5:20

Academic Excellence

Colossians 3:23

Washington School believes in doing all it does with excellence as unto the Lord. Washington School teachers provide a high level of teaching to provide for an expected high level of learning from their students. Though Washington School’s purpose and vision are much broader, they include being an academically challenging school graduating leaders and enpreneurs who can articulate the gospel in every arena of life.

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The Classic Trivium

2 Timothy 3: 16-17

God states in His Word that He reveals Himself in creation. Thus, all genuine truth in creation is truth God has revealed and is available to all mankind at all times. This means that truth in mathematics, science, language, history, etc. is established by God and should be studied as such. This truth from creation, however, will never contradict God’s special revelation in His Word, and thus God’s Word must guide us in our understanding of what is true and what is false in all fields of study.

Grammar

The Grammar stage focuses on the mastery of knowledge, specifically the fundamental and foundational knowledge that will provide our students with a framework on which to build all future learning. Grammar refers not just to the fundamentals of English, but also of theology, history, mathematics, languages as well as other subjects and disciplines. The grammar stage seeks to address the questions of “who, what, where, and when?” The following video demonstrates the classroom atmosphere during a large portion of this phase of learning, which promotes the knowledge framework.

Logic

The Dialectic (or Logic) phase focuses on thinking properly and well. The students will learn how to order, relate and think through the knowledge they are gaining. This phase seeks to equip the students with sound thinking skills that will enable them to recognize when an idea or argument is sound, when one is not, and how to correct it. The Dialectic phase seeks to answer and address the questions of “why and how?”

Rhetoric

The Rhetoric learning phase focuses on training the students to use written and spoken language to communicate their thinking clearly and persuasively. This is the phase of application and expression. At this phase, the culmination of all the knowledge gained is put to use in practical ways, through means of public speaking, problem solving in subjects like mathematics and science, as well as the arts.

The Trivium seeks to instill in students a love for learning and give them the tools of learning so that they can both think and communicate clearly, fully and biblically.
Below you will find videos of the classroom setting for our Grammar and
Dialectic phases, as well as the goal for our Rhetoric phase students.

Biblical Discipline

Our Academy staff will encourage and bless students for obedience and bring consequences to students for disobedience. We believe maintaining sound discipline is essential to quality education, and we are committed to not allowing a student’s persistent misbehavior to frustrate the education of other students. In line with parents having the God-ordained responsibility for their children, we will involve parents early in any disciplinary issues with their student.

Eph. 6: 1-4; Heb. 12: 6-7; Heb. 13:17

Washington seeks to be an effective part of preparing its students for God’s plan for them to God’s glory.

Jeremiah 29:11-13