Classical education is characterized by an emphasis on the liberal arts. This is not a new philosophy of education but rather, has been passed down to us from ancient Greece and Rome, from the monasteries of the Middle Ages, and from the schools that shaped the thinking of our founding fathers. We aim at far more than the practical benefits of education, providing students with a foundation for life-long learning. We follow the Trivium, which works through a child’s natural stages of development and consists of the first three of the seven liberal arts: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. During the Grammar Stage, students study the building blocks (or grammar) of subjects to build a strong foundation of knowledge on which all subjects will be built throughout their education. The Logic Stage of learning begins to unify knowledge as students are naturally asking questions and connecting dots. One of the primary goals is to equip students with the logic skills necessary to recognize sound ideas and discern false ones. Students in the Rhetoric Stage are then trained to be people of persuasion through oral and written language. By teaching through the Trivium, students are not taught what to think but rather how to think and act with depth and wisdom, toward a Christian moral end.
A Gospel-centered Christian education recognizes that all knowledge is unified in Jesus Christ. Because of this, all subjects are viewed through the prism of Christ. CGA upholds historical Christian virtues and the Bible as the divinely inspired Word of God. By teaching from a Christian worldview, we acknowledge that no knowledge – whether history, literature, math, science, or any other subject – can be separated from God, the Creator of it all. This may be more obvious as we study the Bible and redemptive history, but it is just as true as we study math. Christ-centered teaching, however, does not mean that we will only study materials that would be considered Christian, which would present the world to our students only as we see it. Instead, our faith in Christ and our classical methods of learning help us to affirm truth wherever it is found since all truth comes from and points back to God. We help students come to see this, to recognize and develop deep affections for His truth, beauty, and goodness in our world.
Students attend school 3 days per week, spending alternate days learning at home. Collaborative schools are springing up all over the world, though called by varying names: University-Model® education, hybrid or cottage schools, or conservatories. We use the terms Collaborative or Hybrid education to describe Cypress Grove. Unique to this model is the structure and professional nature of a traditional school but with fewer hours in a classroom setting each week. When our students are at CGA, classrooms look much like those in traditional schools. Our teachers are professionals who are experts in their areas of teaching. They assign tests, quizzes, and projects to their students and give grades to reflect the learning that is happening. However, our parents collaborate with teachers in this model, with parents of students in the Grammar Stage truly functioning as co-teachers on home days and parents of students in the Logic and Rhetoric Stages functioning as mentors to their older children, holding them accountable to their work, as they become more independent in their education. At all ages, the school and classroom teachers provide the structure – choosing the curriculum, giving assignments and grades – while parents at home offer individual support as their students grow and learn.
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Location: 2651 Spring Hill Ave. Mobile, AL 36607
Telephone: (855) 936-6882
School Hours: M, Tu, Th: 8 am – 3 pm
Cypress Grove Academy admits students of any race, color, national and
ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally
accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate
on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in Administration of its
educational policies, admissions and other school-administered programs.