Seattle Classical Christian School
SCCS was developed out of a heart to serve Christian
parents living in the city of Seattle as they raise and educate their children for Jesus' glory.
While many growing families move out of the city for a variety of understandable reasons, our goal
is to help Christians remain in the city to reach the nations that live here by providing at least two
reasons to stay:
- An academic, Gospel-saturated, affordable, and city-savvy school
- Opportunities for relationships with urban Christian families from a diversity of backgrounds,
ethnicities, neighborhoods, and churches
Why Classical Education?
Dorothy Sayers, in her famous essay The Lost Tools of Learning
Is not the great defect of our education today...that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils "subjects,"
we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.
In our modern age, more than ever before in history, there is an unceasing bombardment of propaganda and
advertisements via TV, movies, Facebook, Twitter, magazines, video games, etc...
Children today are being raised in a culture where literacy is decreasing and information is
increasing (along with immediate and constant access to it). Unfortunately,
modern educational methods encourage children at a young age to learn primarily through self-expression and experimentation.
This is a problem for multiple reasons:
- As Sayers continues in her essay: "It is as though we had taught a child, mechanically and by rule of thumb,
to play 'The Harmonious Blacksmith' upon the piano, but had never taught him the scale or how to read music;
so that, having memorized 'The Harmonious Blacksmith,' he still had not the faintest notion how to proceed from
that to tackle 'The Last Rose of Summer.'"
- To say it another way, modern educational approaches fail to adequately take advantage of the fact that younger
children easily memorize anything and everything.
Their brains are wired in such a way to absorb information quickly, repeat it often, and remember it permanently.
If the fundamental "grammar" of subjects (language, math, history, theology, etc.) are not memorized
in their early years, children are hindered from growing in their understanding and expression of the subjects
(and the assimilation of new knowledge into them) as they grow older.
- Furthermore, when children reach the age where they naturally start making arguments, modern
methods fail to teach them proper logic. Thus, having gone through the early years indulging in
self-expression (at the expense of learning the fundamentals), children lack the building blocks to construct a sound argument.
- Finally, upon reaching the high school years, passionate self-expression happens whether parents like it or not.
Modern methods leave students ill-equipped to speak, write, and argue persuasively on any topic.
Without having learned the earlier "tools" of learning (i.e. grammar and logic) the student is hindered
from both processing new arguments (from movies, media, ads, etc.) and adequately expressing whether they should be
accepted or refuted.
The classical approach, therefore, teaches students the "tools" of learning (grammar, logic, rhetoric)
during the life stages when they are naturally prone to apply them.
Admissions: Ready to Enroll?
The 2013-2014 school year begins Wednesday September 4, 2013.
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Please Note: need-based financial aid is available.
Our desire is that any family that wants to be a part of SCCS will be able to, independent of financial status (contact us for more details).
Tuition may be paid monthly (over 10 months) or yearly (in advance, 2% discount if paid in full by Aug 1). Please note that art fees are extra (they were $200 for FY12/13). Seattle Classical Christian School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
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