A Message From Pastor Paul, Headmaster of Memorial Lutheran School
Memorial Lutheran School is a classical Lutheran school. Our mission is Building a Strong Foundation – (or in Latin, Fundamentum Firmum Perficiendum). This reflects our commitment to give children both a strong academic foundation (Classical) and most importantly, a strong foundation on Christ and His Gospel (Lutheran).
Lutheran education is grounded in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who died for the sins of the world. 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).
Classical education forms children in order to be life-long learners and to serve their neighbors by means of whatever vocation they may have. This formation hands over the treasury of knowledge that is common to Western Civilization namely, the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Liberal Arts are sevenfold: the Trivium (three ways) or Language Arts (Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric) and the Quadrivium (four ways) or Mathematical Arts (Mathematics, Music, Geometry, and Astronomy). Other traditional subjects fit into these. The Liberal Sciences are fields of knowledge (scientia means knowledge in Latin), chiefly philosophy, law and theology. These arts and sciences along with the main contents of the humanities (history and literature) flesh out the content of the rich education Memorial delivers to each student.
Classical Lutheran Schools also use the arts of the Trivium in order to emphasize 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 Lutheran 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 in order to care for those around them (their neighbors). Our goal at Memorial is to build a strong foundation on the Gospel of Christ and wisdom of Western Civilization to equip every student to love God and their neighbor.
We thank you for considering Memorial Lutheran School for your children. It is our joy to educate in the classical Lutheran tradition. If you have any questions about our school, please do not hesitate to call or visit.
For more information on Classical Lutheran Education, visit the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE).