Guiding young children to grow into mature young adults requires three things: a course (or curriculum), a community (our school family), and a culture (our school traditions and core beliefs). From a curricular standpoint, it takes thirteen years to teach a child the grammar, logic and rhetoric of each subject (known as the trivium).
As we instruct them in our school’s curriculum, we are also seeking to train them in the formation of godly character. Character is the process of becoming who are uniquely designed to be, reflections of God. We are not simply seeking to educate young minds, we are seeking to transform them to the likeness of Christ who is wisdom and virtue personified.
Cultivating leaders involves building blocks of character with each year. The illustration below highlights some of the lessons that are learned as students mature. Each student’s experience is unique but typically, students develop increasing independence as they move from self-focus to being focused on serving God and serving others.
God takes us where we are, not where we ought to be and we do the same for our students. Regardless of their age, typically the first step towards their maturity is the establishment of trust, obedience, attentiveness and diligence. These are the primary building blocks of leadership skills. As students develop greater independence in this area, they are encouraged to stretch these skills, self-monitoring more and demonstrating increasing concern and awareness of others. As students develop greater love for God and others, they are increasingly able to live out their faith because of the formation of godly character in their lives.
True godly character is a response to God’s love for us. It is our hope and prayer that each of our students will have a relationship with God that leads to increasing godly character in their own life.