As you consider educational options for your child, we want to address academic standards at First Lutheran Classical School. Our students encompass the normal range of academic abilities. We believe that each child should be challenged—but not frustrated—by what is expected of them. The educational program at FLCS is designed to allow your child to perform to their highest academic potential.
The very nature of classical education is intended to complement your child’s natural developmental stages to make learning logical, orderly, and yes—even fun! For instance, very young children often learn best by employing their natural love of movement, repetition, singing, and chanting. They memorize well, so they are taught facts and foundational information about each subject in ways that engage them. Later on when they love to argue and investigate, those natural tendencies are capitalized upon to help them integrate information and to argue and think logically.
Our goal is to produce thinking and articulate students who will be able to effectively engage and impact the world in whatever endeavors they undertake in the future. The classical model not only uses a logical developmental approach, but it requires mental discipline that sharpens students’ thinking. The academic study of Western Civilization provides a great background for perceiving and engaging the current culture. What better way to comprehend literature, to write skillfully, and to understand history than to study the great minds of the past and the timeless contributions they have brought to all ages. This same approach is used for all subjects; for instance, a strong foundation in the grammar of science and mathematics allows students to successfully navigate the higher order learning that will take place as students advance in their studies.
We believe that hard work, learning, and fun are not mutually exclusive. We value the cultivation of a love of learning and an atmosphere of joy in the classroom. Students’ real achievements produce a sense of accomplishment that is genuine, not artificially produced by attempts to raise self-esteem.
If you are looking for a school that is harsh, rigid, with dusty books and silent classrooms—First Lutheran Classical School is not the place for you. Our students hear every day about the love of God, and that love is made visible in the caring, enjoyable, but orderly, environment created by the teacher in which real learning can take place. The atmosphere of learning should be full of life!
Certainly, FLCS wants to raise the bar of academic expectations. But that is not all. We believe that education involves teaching and nourishing the whole child—mind, body, spirit, and character. We embrace the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and accordingly in verse 38, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” To this end, we seek to develop each child’s unique, God-given potential.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Ephesians 6:13-17)