Cornerstone Christian Academy, soon to be Flatirons Academy, has a vision for a curriculum which nurtures the hearts and minds of our kids, the image-bearers we are responsible for so God’s Kingdom will burst forth in their careers, their marriages, their leisure, their families, and in our greater culture. A course of study designed to achieve the hopes and dreams that we all share for our kids.
Our core values shape our curriculum. The most important of those is Biblical authority or a better way to do life. The Bible is God’s Word and it is our authority for life. If we will adjust our lives (submit) to it, we will find a better way to live. (John 1:14)
The fundamental characteristic of our curriculum is the foundation and integration of Biblical authority. It is the primary textbook for every class. While students are steeped in the biblical narrative, trained in Christian worldview & scholarship, and trained as Christian theologians through our biblical studies department, all curriculum decisions are subject to the capital T truth of the Bible. We see Theology as the Queen of the sciences, and Jesus as Lord of all, and He has something to say about everything in our school.
Another value or ours is excellent environments or having the ability to continually bump into Jesus. Using our spiritual gifts, talents, abilities, resources, passions, and creativity, we believe our role and responsibility is to create excellent environments and eliminate any and all obstacles so people have the best opportunity to encounter Jesus so He can do what only He can do. (Colossians 3:17)
Another characteristic of our academic curriculum is it will be an example of academic excellence designed to takes kids wherever they are and grow them beyond what they think possible. We endeavor to be an example of how to preserve and speak Truth to our neighbors in a way they can hear. We will be known by our love for each other. We will be known as a place to encounter Jesus.
Our Vision is to provide a rigorous and supportive education grounded in a Biblical worldview attending to the gifts of each student so they may be salt and light to God’s creation. Our Mission is to maximize the desire, growth, and ability of each student to think, read, write, and live the Truth concerning God’s Word and His creation.
We are partners with parents, who are the primary educators, and the church to cultivate a Christian Worldview. Curricular materials and instruction adhere to the philosophical assumptions of metaphysical realism, a correspondence view of truth, and a deontological view of ethics. In other words, God exists whether I believe it or not, there are right and wrong answers, and the character of God is the blueprint for our behavior.
The end-user experience for students will be an encouragement to wonder at beauty and order, an understanding of learning as worship, and a calling to wisdom as they launch into adulthood. The tenets we adhere to are:
Teachers will provide students the tools for learning so they become lifelong learners and worshipers. We believe that deeper, more sophisticated, learning in a few areas is more beneficial than surface learning in many.
We are obsessed with nurturing advanced literacy through language-based instruction.
Our K-12 program is best conceptualized through the Trivium of Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric both as developmental stages and an approach to advanced study.
Students will acquire knowledge, learn and apply the laws of logic, and be trained in rhetoric.
Secondary classes will be a blend of direct instruction and Socratic Discourse as they are proven methods for student engagement and achievement.
Students will read great books that have impacted human history and be taught to evaluate them in light of the Gospel.
Students will have a life outside of academics to pursue co-curriculars, a social life, and be with their families.
What we do cannot be contained in any pedagogical concept, educational theory, or accreditation system. What we ask God to do through us is to redeem education for his glory, equip generations of young people to expand his kingdom, and save kids who are otherwise destined for a life of emptiness, self-destruction, and needless suffering.
We’re a school which supports the progression from wonder, to worship, to wisdom; and even more importantly a school proclaiming Jesus is Lord!