JH Classical Academy’s educational philosophy begins with Socrates’ assertion that “the unexamined life is not worth living.”
We believe that a Creator has ordered the world; therefore, a fulfilled human life examines this beautiful order. Through a good program of study, a student can begin to grasp the underlying structure of reality in all its forms, whether mathematical, scientific, musical, or poetic. This program of study requires both a sense of wonder and the use of reason. It combines the heart and the head.
The created order of the world takes various forms in different disciplines. In science, students discover the laws of nature and the universe. In the humanities, are directed towards the literary and philosophical classics that speak truths about the universal human condition. Teachers and students seek truth by disciplined study and good-willed conversation.
Since each child has been created with a soul and a will, JHCA treats each student as a full person. In every aspect of education, teachers seek to lead students towards a life of virtue. Thus JHCA works to equip students with the habits of attention, obedience, respect, and responsibility.
Ultimately, through the pursuit of truth, we want students to love what is true, good, and beautiful. Our curriculum presents students with the best of Western literature, music, drama, visual art, science and mathematics. The study of these works helps to form students’ aesthetic and intellectual judgment. These works train both the heart and the mind.
Liberal education consists of cognitive, emotional, and moral education—thinking deeply, loving noble things, and living well together. Every day, we work to cultivate students who flourish as individuals and contribute to their communities.