Academics at Geneva
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
~ G. K. Chesterton
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the academic section of our website. As you explore what Geneva has to offer your child academically, I hope that you will be inspired. Geneva is a Christian school that creatively seeks to follow in the tradition of classical liberal arts education. This commitment to our Christian and classical liberal arts heritage informs our entire academic program, from the structure of our school and curriculum to the teaching practices and learning experiences we develop for our students.
Education is always about formation and discovery. Education shapes the mind and affections of students, engaging them in topics of enduring value to discern that which is honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent. The Geneva School students are seen and known by teachers and staff who encourage them to grow into the person that God has called them to be. The thoughtfully designed curriculum and commendable staff seek to educate the entire child: mind, body, and soul. We recognize there is a great kingdom calling on every life, and take seriously the opportunity to partner with parents in the education of their children so that they will confidently excel at whatever God has called them to pursue.
Students spend a considerable amount of time in school each day for many years; the culture of the school impacts students. Students at The Geneva School find ways to be involved; they can easily find a sense of belonging. Starting when they are young and refining their choices as they mature, students perform on the dramatic, musical, and fine arts stage, compete valiantly and with integrity on the athletic field, and seek out ways to joyfully serve and encourage other students and those in the community. As they grow and experience accomplishments and challenges in life, this culture is one where those hard-won successes build confidence and resilience because of the supportive environment.
The focus of a Geneva education is not simply what kind of student your child is now but rather what kind of person your child will be as an adult. While we firmly believe that college preparedness and acceptance is an important next step on a student’s educational journey, we also firmly believe that the goal of college acceptance is far too small for such an education in these formative years. Geneva takes the long view as we watch our students grow in grace, wisdom, and ability from young children into teenagers and ultimately into full-fledged adults. We seek to instill in them a lifelong love of learning and delight in God’s truth that will enable them to flourish in college, in their 20s, 40s, 60s, and beyond. Education matters; it has the power to shape people and, therefore, cultures for generations to come.
Again, welcome to academics at Geneva! I truly hope you will be delighted, even instructed, as you explore what we have to offer. However, just as we seek to model in our curriculum, what is even better than reading about something is experiencing it for yourself. So along with this welcome, allow me to invite you to come and see our academics in action. Please come and visit The Geneva School to see what we have to offer!
Peter H. Vande Brake
Director of the Upper School