4 Questions for Families
Families who read and love to learn send children to our school because they want the world of language, books, history, science, and math to be an integrated whole. They want their children to use their love of knowledge to explore and seek truth from an early age. Families that do not have many books in their home and that rarely visit a library or bookstore might not find our value compelling. Having said this, many families discover the world of literature and information through their children’s experience at our school. If you would like to develop a love of books, knowledge, and learning in your home, PCS can provide a great start.
All children are prone to misbehavior on occasion, so we don’t expect your kids to be perfect (or even close). We do expect parents to support our teachers and administration as we lovingly but firmly discipline children who are acting in a way that disrupts the class or community. If you agree that children become the people they are sculpted to be, if you believe building good habits in childhood matter, if you value a partnership with a school that will uphold high standards, you will appreciate Philadelphia Classical School.
We have a commitment to Christ in all that we do, which is easy to notice. Children memorize scripture verses regularly and are taught to live according to them. We pray and work so our students will translate what they learn here into a life of service and submission to Christ. If you share these values and put a priority on your child learning from staff who share your deepest beliefs, you will fit well at PCS.
Our school is geared towards high academic standards. This comes with a standard of work that requires a little more of both parents and students. Many parents find that by the 4th or 5th grade, the Latin, history, and other subjects may exceed their ability to help. However, parents still remain actively involved to ensure they are diligently working to prevent frustration from poor study habits. What expectations characterize your family?
While some families may find it difficult to trade-off some recreational or entertainment time to focus on academics, classical Christian school graduates across the country are thankful for their excellent formation for later study and for life.
Some may misunderstand our work ethic. We do not desire or expect children to work excessively. Certainly, children need time to play. For this reason, we restrict the amount of homework allowed in grades K-2 each week and gradually phase in homework for grades 3 and higher.