Who We Are
Abington Christian Academy is a non-sectarian Christian school for children Pre-K through 4th Grade in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Our curriculum, based on the historically proven Classical Christian model, gives our students the finest academic, social, and spiritual foundation a school can offer.
Tools of Learning
Our mission at Abington Christian Academy is to form young individuals who are skillful at learning and skillful using the things they do learn. We believe that when we help our students master the basics of learning we are also developing the intellectual and personal habits that will allow them to flourish as responsible, independent, and productive adults. And since we also believe that wise, virtuous (moral), and joyful people are well equipped to live like this we give our students every opportunity to develop their character. Our emphasis on a language-based curriculum builds strong reading ability, and ability to explore and understand the fundamental truths of our Judeo-Christian and Western Civilization heritage. And because we believe there are fundamental ideas and facts that must furnish every child’s mind, we use the child’s natural capacity and enthusiasm for memory as an important pedagogical technique.
The classical model of education is traced back to the ancient world, where educators had strong, and good ideas about how to teach their young people. Since children are human beings their schooling must develop mind, spirit, and body. And because they live and work in a real world, they must have mastery of the basics, a thorough grounding in the arts and sciences, and they must be formed by the best spiritual, intellectual, and cultural traditions. Our students are not just “informed”, but are “well-formed” by a curriculum and method of teaching developed through the centuries to liberate the minds and souls of the young. No wonder, then, that this tradition is often called a Liberal Education.
A Hollistic Approach
Unlike many modern approaches to education which place high value on certain subjects, while devaluing others, a classical education regards all the traditional areas of learning as essential for complete formation of an individual. Grammar, literature, logical thinking, and precise writing are valued as highly as arithmetic, geometry, higher mathematics, and the sciences, while art, music and physical education are regarded as indispensable for the development of all of these. The result of this thinking is a “community of learners” where faculty are free to work as a team, confident that their efforts are contributing to the success of others and the formation of complete, “integrated” individuals. This explains, in part, why visitors to our school quickly feel a family spirit existing among students, faculty and staff, and goes far in explaining why classical education has, for centuries, produced countless of the world’s great leaders, inventors, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians, physicians, lawyers, artists and musicians.