This week’s post comes to us from our very own Mrs. Bush, who is one of our upper grade teachers.
There is at PCA a core group of varied professionals on the board. Upon looking at the options for schooling their children, these parents decided there must be a better way. It turns out a better way is not the newest, the most novel, or the “progressive” approach, but a time tested approach that has proven its effectiveness over and over again – classical teaching. In an era that seems to say, “we know better” and “let’s reinvent the wheel,” these parents have boldly embraced the old paths of teaching that seeks to impart knowledge, yes, but also teaches children to think deeply and exhibit great character by training the mind to think God’s thoughts after Him.
As a new teacher at the school this year, I know I risk sounding arrogant when I say the teachers at Pinnacle are exceptional. They are exceptional in the shared desire to see all students succeed and grow to their fullest godly potential. As an example, we have teachers like Renee Reed who does all that she can to see that her kindergarteners have interesting and meaningful experiences all day, every day. She realizes that a child’s innate desire to learn needs to be nurtured and disciplined to ensure their natural curiosity is not stifled by mundane lessons. She also does all this in a way that honors God and truly out of love for these children. God has great plans for all of His children and we want what God wants for them.
The success of our school depends heavily on the involvement of parents and families of our students. Something this grand doesn’t just happen because people will it to happen. No, it takes everyone working toward the goal. Pinnacle parents are very involved in the school. Besides keeping close contact with teachers and doing their part at home, parents are at the school reading, helping with reading, creating bulletin boards, decorating for special events, planning parties and incentive activities, speaking about areas of expertise, and more. For example, two fathers recently came to science classes at the school to speak to students about the research that they do everyday. They amazed students with drawings and visual aides. Naturally not every parent contributes to the same degree or in the same way, but it takes everyone doing what they can, realizing their help is vital.
Finally, our students are regular kids. They are kids with a unique opportunity to make the most of their school-age years by embracing this method and using it for God’s glory. They are as varied in background and interest and as different in personality and ability as any other group of their peers, but these kids will benefit their entire lives by learning about the world from God the Creator’s perspective. They will have the privilege to worship the Holy Trinity every day in assembly and they will be blessed to hear the gospel of Christ taught to them daily also.
So, by saying all of this, am I saying we have the perfect school? No, we don’t claim to be perfect, but we do have a unique and excellent school. We are working daily to be all God wants us to be, and it is our highest hope that God is glorified by our school, the education we offer, and the people who make up Pinnacle Classical Academy.