Portrait of a Graduate

  • Understands and believes the Gospel, enjoying a growing faith in Jesus Christ
  • Actively engages in the local body of Christ
  • Studies Scripture, prays, and serves faithfully
  • Reads deeply and generously; reasons with truth, courage, honor, and wisdom
  • Speaks and writes with wisdom and eloquence
  • Engages the world with wonder and creativity, pursues beauty, works diligently, and leads with purpose
  • Loves and serves Christ the King, shares the Gospel, and seeks the good of others
  • Actively pursues advancing the Kingdom of God on earth

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Curriculum

Combining classical education teaching principles and a biblical worldview, BRAVE Academy trains students to pursue excellence in all things by embracing healthy struggle, hard work, and recognizing that growth comes through perseverance and challenge. As students’ understanding of the providential outworking of God’s plan throughout history expands, their commitment to Christ and understanding of life deepens. By graduation, our students should demonstrate noticeable depth of character, thought, and intellect.

WHY LATIN?

First, Latin is still very much alive in languages today. More than half of English words come from Latin, and studying Latin gives an excellent foundation not only for expansive English vocabulary, but also for learning the many Latin-based foreign languages being spoken around the world today, such as Spanish, French, and Italian.

Second, studying a foreign language gives students the tools of verbal expression in their own language. Students learn English grammar more effectively by rigorously studying Latin; that is, they learn the reasons for, and the uses of, the parts of speech learned in their English classes.

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ACADEMY

Why Classical Education?

For education to be effective, it must convey more than fact. Truly effective education cultivates thoughtful, articulate students who are able to take facts, develop them into arguments, and convey those arguments clearly and persuasively. Vigorous academic standards, a dedication to order and discipline, and a focus on key, lost subjects is fueling the rapid growth of the nation’s classical schools.

There is no greater task for education than to teach students how to learn. The influence of progressive teaching methods and the oversimplification of textbooks make it difficult for students to acquire the mental discipline that traditional instruction methods once cultivated. The classical method develops independent learning and thinking skills based on the foundation of language, logic, and tangible fact. The classical difference is clear when students are taken beyond conventionally taught subjects and asked to apply their knowledge using logic and clear expression.

In 1947, Dorothy Sayers, a pioneer in the return to classical education, observed, “although we often succeed in teaching our pupils ‘subjects,’ we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think.” Beyond subject matter, classical education develops those skills that are essential in higher education and throughout life – independent scholarship, critical thinking, logical analysis, and a love for learning.