|Why is there a dress code?||FLCS has a dress code in order to promote an atmosphere of dignity, modesty, and decorum. This helps students perceive that their education is something special to be honored and appreciated. Please see the tab under Life at FLCS|
Does my child have to be a Christian to go to FLCS?
First Lutheran Classical School accepts students of any faith. Parents should, however, familiarize themselves with our teaching philosophy and statement of faith and agree to support them so there is uniformity of purpose between the school and the home. We encourage students and their families to have an active faith life and worship regularly at their family church.
At FLCS we love God, we love education, and we love children. Teaching your child is a blessing and a privilege, and we want what is best for them. This means that all teaching springs from God’s truth and wisdom, that our classrooms reflect God’s love and grace, and that Bible study, memorization, prayer, and chapel are an important part of student life at FLCS.
Why study Latin?
Students in classical schools study Latin—and for good reason! Latin is not a dead language; it is historical. It lives on in almost every Western language, including English.
One of the goals of classical education is to train the mind to think in a logical, orderly fashion. The study of Latin, a very systematic language, helps accomplish that. Additionally, it helps increase vocabulary as over fifty percent of English words come from Latin. Even unfamiliar words can be deciphered when students recognize their Latin roots.
The study of Latin lays the foundation for the study of other Latin-based Romance languages, including Spanish, French, and Italian.
Latin is used in many professions—including law, science, and medicine. The study of Latin is helpful in understanding the history and writings of Western civilization.
Every year a strong correlation between Latin study and a significant increase in SAT scores has been documented.
Mean Reading SAT Scores for 2011
LATIN STUDENTS: 556
Spanish Students: 498
French Students: 520
German Students: 532
Average for all students: 497
Mean Math SAT Scores for 2011
LATIN STUDENTS: 557
Spanish Students: 509
French Students: 526
German Students: 540
Average for all students: 514
Mean Writing SAT Scores for 2011
LATIN STUDENTS: 542
Spanish Students: 489
French Students: 511
German Students: 511
Average for all students: 489
What did Dr. Seuss think of studying Latin?
“But I can go so far as demanding they bring back compulsory Latin, which I hated.” he adds. “But any writer my age who studied Latin is a better writer because it allows you to adore words—take them apart and find out where they come from.” (p. 64) From an interview with Rob Wilder, “Catching Up with Dr. Seuss,” Parents Magazine, (June 1979), pp. 60-64.
|Can my child succeed in a classical school?||
Classical education is not intended to be limited to the exceptional child. Classical education gives ordinary children extraordinary opportunities. Parents are amazed at what their child can do in the environment of high standards and classical education methodology.
Why study logic?
The formal study of logic is an important part of classical education. According to the Trivium, it makes sense to teach this subject during the Logic stage when adolescents naturally engage in argument and testing. What better response to this than to teach students how to argue logically?
Logic is the science of the formal principles of reasoning. It aims to reveal the laws that may be used to distinguish good reasoning from poor reasoning. Thus, logic is an aid to improved reasoning, and it helps in understanding God and His revelation. Logical arguments are used in the Rhetoric stage to defend truth.
Can students transferring
from other schools or homeschools transition into classical schools or vice versa?
In most cases this should present no problem, but there are considerations to take into account. Assessments will most likely be conducted to determine proper academic placement. Certainly, the older the student is, the more challenges there may be in effectively making this transition. Adjustments may be made, for instance, if an older student has had no previous Latin courses. Decisions regarding the feasibility of enrolling older students will be made on an individual basis.
Students educated in classical schools should experience no problems regarding preparedness for entering other schools. In most cases students will be more academically advanced than their same-age peers.