Paideia exists to serve Christ’s body, the Church, by training Christian children to live their lives as acts of worship. Our goal is to assist Christian parents in their responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and at the same time, to provide rewarding employment for the Christian teachers and staff who make this possible.
We intend our school to be a place where students delight in Creation, practice joyful fellowship, and cultivate a love for knowledge; a place where students learn to appreciate beauty as much as understand truth; and a place where they build their characters as diligently as they sharpen their minds. We aim to give our students a worldview shaped by the Word of God, a strong work ethic to help them stand before kings, and a full-orbed education that will prepare them to take dominion for Christ.
Paideia comes from the Greek word for “instruction” or “nurture” or “training.” Ephesians 6:4 says: “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training [paideia] and admonition of the Lord.” 2 Timothy 3:16 says: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction [paideia] in righteousness.” The paideia of the Lord is what we want to cultivate in our students.
Classical refers to the method of education that Dorothy Sayers described in her essay “The Lost Tools of Learning.” She observed that children grow through developmental stages similar to the content of the ancient/medieval world’s Trivium (Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric). The Poll-Parrot stage (Grammar), which roughly corresponds to the elementary grades, is where students like to memorize and chant information. The Pert stage (Logic), which roughly corresponds to the junior high grades, is where students like to see how everything fits together and to argue and question. The Poetic stage (Rhetoric), which roughly corresponds to the high school grades, is where students are more concerned about presenting themselves to the world with expressiveness and polish. The education at Paideia seeks to go with the grain of these developmental stages Dorothy Sayers described. Classical also refers to the emphasis our school has on Western heritage. Students, especially in the upper grades, will read, understand, and appreciate the great works of the West, the ideas and history that have defined our culture, so that they can interact with them from a Christian perspective.
Christian refers, of course, to the fact that we are followers of Christ. Our curriculum and teaching places especial emphasis on reading and knowing the Bible and in responding to God through song and prayer. Everything taught at Paideia will be seen through the lens of God’s Word. Paideia is a non-denominational school, accepting students from Christian families who agree to have their children taught in accordance with our Statement of Faith.
The “P” superimposed on an “X” in our logo is the Greek Chi-Rho symbol, the first two letters of the Greek word for “Christ.” It was a commonly used Christian symbol in the first few centuries of the Church and is still used today by certain branches of the Church. By using the Chi-Rho in our logo, we mean to symbolize that all our instruction [paideia] is founded on Christ, the one in whom all things hold together.