Parents, teachers, and even students from every social, political, and economic sector in the country agree that something must be done to improve the education of our children. Though the symptoms of the problem are easily enough identified, the problem itself is often not well understood. At The Geneva School, we believe the problem lies in the abandonment of a robust and time-tested educational model through which the foundations of Western civilization were laid. That model we call Christian classical education.
What do we mean by “Christian” and “classical?” Geneva is classical in that we seek to revitalize for our own day an approach to education that was preeminent in the West from the time of Socrates—the fifth century B.C.—to the 19th century, an approach firmly grounded in a tradition that came to be called the “liberal arts and sciences.” Thorough study and experience of language, literature, math, science, history, art, music, and drama characterized this sort of learning. However, classical education did not stop there. It sought to educate the student as a whole person, and so sought to develop character and integrity in the lives of students. This sort of education aims for nothing less than wisdom and virtue.
Geneva’s aspirations toward wisdom and virtue are also inextricably connected to its Christian distinctives. Geneva is Christian in that we affirm the historic and orthodox faith in God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—best summarized by the creeds of the ancient church. Further, the Geneva community includes Christians from a number of traditions, expressions, and branches of Christ’s church. This commitment to Christian faith and living informs, permeates, and guides all we do at Geneva and all with the goal of cultivating wise graduates fervent of faith, deep in understanding, and winsome in communication.
Rev. Robert Ingram