Augustine Classical Academy is a classical, Christian school in the Denver area serving Preschool-12th Grade. We exist to partner with families and provide an education that equips students to know, love, and practice what is true, virtuous, and beautiful. We encourage our students to strive for excellence as they live for the glory of God and the good of all people.
Classical & Christian: The two are inextricably linked.
At its core, classical Christian education accomplishes three things:
It teaches all subjects as components of an integrated whole, created and ordered by God.
It cultivates wisdom and virtue by feeding the mind and soul works that are true, good, and beautiful.
It fosters in students a love of learning and equips them with tools for a lifetime of discovery.
What You’ll Find at ACA
An educational approach that recognizes the centrality of Christ
Staff devoted to creating nurturing, gracious, and orderly classrooms
A community devoted to educating the whole child
Small class sizes with no class larger than 16 students
A commitment to making this high-quality private education affordable for all families
MEET THE TRIVIUM
Students learn the fundamental rules and elements of each subject.
Students examine knowledge to understand the relationship among particulars of each subject and learn how to ask the right questions about all subjects.
Students develop thoughtful, mature ideas based on their knowledge and learn to express them in compelling and beautiful ways.
ABOUT CLASSICAL EDUCATION
One of the most valuable developments of western civilization, classical education utilizes traditional liberal arts as a means of instilling wisdom and virtue in our students. Our liberal arts curriculum is delivered by way of the “Trivium” – a word that describes three modes of learning: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Grammar is concerned with the basic facts, rules and required skills of any given subject. Logic involves learning to think and reason in the language of various subjects. And rhetoric requires students to express their thoughts in a compelling and persuasive manner.
Classical education is fundamentally about the cultivation of wisdom and virtue. It employs a time-proven approach to provide students with the tools for a lifetime of learning. High academic standards allow students to rise to their God-given potential. Our vision reaches beyond teaching children what to think; we’re also teaching them how to think. In the tradition of western civilization, education and classical education have always been synonymous.
Classical education can be distinguished from modern education, in that it does not neglect the important ﬁrst step of giving students the tools for both intellectual development and for understanding their western, Christian heritage.
Augustine (born in Algeria in 354 AD) is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in the early western church. He was educated classically, and as a teenager, he began wrestling with philosophical questions—a penchant that would remain with him his whole life. He became a teacher and converted to Christianity as an adult, eventually becoming a bishop in the church. His most famous work, Confessions, shows a man who struggles with his own sin, asks the questions that are central to humanity about identity and relationship to God, and reflects on God’s glory.
Augustine was both a scholar and a servant, who used his learning and his gifts for the practical good of his fellow men and the glory of God. He wrestled with big questions and found solace and grace in God, even in the midst of trouble. We find this story to be a compelling example of the ways we hope our students will use their robust education and engage in the world.