Every parent has their own reasons for choosing their child’s school, these are simply mine. This is the first of several posts describing the major reasons why my husband and I chose Pinnacle Classical Academy for our kids’ education.
Let me start by saying that I grew up going to public schools and always thought my kids would do the same. I believe there is great value in learning to face the world and be a witness as a child, so public school was the plan. But before the time came for our first child to enter Kindergarten, I discovered another way to accomplish this goal, one that I now prefer and believe to be more effective.
The first thing that caught my attention happened before we had children while we lived in Franklin, Tennessee. We worked with the middle and high school students at our church, a ministry of several hundred students. There were always a handful of students in the ministry that stood out. The majority of the students in the church were from solid Christian homes, and many had been Christians since childhood, but this group that stood out was noticeably exceptional.
The Cream of the Crop
They communicated their ideas clearly with confidence. They answered questions logically; their thought processes made sense and could easily have come out of the mouth of someone four years older. They asked questions that demonstrated a deep understanding of spiritual matters. At the same time, they weren’t just scholarly about their faith, they were bold to share their faith and engage with unbelievers. These attributes distinguished this group of students, but it gets better.
As we got to know these students, we began to see them as the students who knew their Bibles and Bible stories and verses better than we did. They added helpful Biblical content and context to our small group lessons regularly and my favorite part of all, these were the students that stood out as having the most fun, being the most innocent, and valuing modesty and friendship over dating and fashion. They were the cream of the crop, the best you could ask for, and they all went to a Classical school. As you can imagine, my interest in Classical Education peaked.
The Heart Issue
My husband and I have kept up with a handful of the students from that school. They’re in college now, and it’s no surprise that they are at Samford, Auburn, UT Chattanooga, and other well respected colleges and universities. To this day, what I love most about these students is not the schools they have gone on to study at, but the quotes and posts on their Facebook pages that scream of their higher intellect, compassion for the lost, and deep love for the Lord. The students from the Classical school in Franklin are impressive because they glorify God with their lives. The aim at Pinnacle Classical Academy is to train and inspire our children to do the same. I feel so fortunate to have my kids at PCA, where the priority in education is to”love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37).