Building a Strong Foundation is our mission at Memorial Lutheran School. It reflects our commitment to give children both a strong spiritual foundation and a strong academic foundation. Spiritually we build on the Rock that is Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matt. 7:24-25).
Educationally we build with the tried and true classical approach, which gives children the tools they need to be successful learners and effective leaders. Philosophically the aim of classical education is to equip young minds to join in the “conversation with the past.”[i] This philosophy leads us to emphasize the subjects of history, literature, oratory, Latin, and logic. Growing out of this philosophy is the methodology known as the trivium: To join the conversation with the past, students must learn the concepts of rhetoric, supported by logical thinking, and established on the foundation of grammar.
Classical Christian schools like Memorial Lutheran, use children’s God-given strengths at each stage of growth to help them learn. Our youngest students enjoy memorizing, singing, and rhymes; therefore, in the grammar stage a strong foundation is laid in each subject of study. The logic stage in middle school is where children are taught to develop their ability to reason and discern truth. At the rhetoric level students learn how to present their ideas persuasively. The result of a Classical Christian education is a young person who knows what they believe and why, and can positively impact the community around them.
All of this is intended to equip children for the future. Russell Kirk remarked that the truly educated student “will look backward to ancestors and forward to posterity.”[ii] Likewise, our goal at Memorial Lutheran School is to give students a broad view of life that equips them with the accumulated wisdom of the ages in order to tackle the problems and promises of the future.
Thank you for considering Memorial Lutheran School for your children. If you have any questions about our school, please do not hesitate to call or visit. We are eager to help equip your children with the knowledge from yesterday to face the challenges of tomorrow.
[i] Douglas Wilson, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1991) 85.