Classical education

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Classical Christian education is a unique and proven approach to teaching and learning.  Historically, this model has produced the greatest leaders, scientists, and thinkers of Western civilization—from the Greeks in antiquity to America’s founding fathers. Classical Christian education faithfully restores the most proven form of education ever developed.

A guiding principle for our school is that every child of God is capable of extraordinary achievements through classical training and cultivation of character. We believe all education should naturally lead students toward the good, the true, and the beautiful.

In the classical model, classes and grade levels build on each other through three stages called the trivium:

GRAMMAR (Kindergarten through 6th)
LOGIC (7th through 8th)
RHETORIC (9th through 12th)

Classical Christian vs. Modern Education

Classical Christian

  • Christ-centered
  • Original documents based
  • Education for formation
  • Development of critical thinking –
  • ​​​​Emphasis on true, good, and beautiful
  • Integrated interdisciplinary learning
  • Latin taught as a core requirement
  • Appreciation of Western Civilization
  • Humanities and fine arts emphasis
  • Requires the student to learn how to learn
  • Mastery as working to one’s fullest potential
  • Lifelong love of learning as the ultimate goal
  • Truth is objective, knowable, and absolute
  • Parents as primary educators


  • Man-centered
  • Textbook and technology based
  • Education for information
  • Development for correct procedures – “How?”
  • Emphasis on Political Correctness
  • Fragmented and disjointed learning
  • Latin taught as an elective
  • Critique of Western Civilization
  • Techno-rational emphasis
  • Requires the student to learn how to pass tests
  • Mastery as measured by test grades
  • Graduation as the ultimate goal
  • Self-actualization, achieving personal peace and affluence
  • Teachers as primary educators

CPLS ACT Rankings

CPLS students consistently outscore all public and private high schools in Shawnee County in addition to outperforming both state and national averages. Another important distinction is that every member of the CPLS senior class is required to take the ACT.

In recent years, our society has placed an increasingly high value on test scores. While we are very proud of our student’s high ACT scores, we recognize they are not the only indicators of a solid education.

2020 CPLS Average ACT Score: 26.2

2021 CPLS Average ACT Score:
(roughly 20% didn’t take it due to COVID related reasons like lack of testing, or lack of need by colleges.)

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