Beautiful Saviour instructs students in the classical education style of academics. We want students to aim to master standards, but we still allow objectives to guide instruction, so we encourage students to do more. BSLS students are encouraged to learn as much as they can, to strive to answer questions above and beyond what the standards for their grade level suggest they learn. As the philosopher Socrates said, “Education is the lighting of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” When students WANT to learn, it makes a difference in the learner’s attitude and has shown great results in grades, standardized test scores, and high school achievement. We do not have to “teach to the test,” because all the rewards of learning fall in place when students have an intrinsic desire to learn. In the style of many classical education programs, BSLS also teaches Latin as a way to strengthen each student’s hold on English, as well as improve other subject areas indirectly.
The most important subject taught each day is the Word of God class, where students are instructed from the Bible, the only source of absolute truth, and learn of God’s plan of salvation through faith in Jesus. What makes the Lutheran version of classical education at Beautiful Saviour different is that we do not shy away from memorization and we are stronger in the mathematics courses than a classical education school might typically be. Another major difference is that the children are taught from a Biblical worldview rather than a secular worldview. This difference is easily seen in the Science and Social Studies curriculums, where God’s creative power and His absolute sovereignty are emphasized.
The primary grades master the skill of learning the fundamentals of education, while the middle grades use those fundamentals to put responses and answers together. On the top end of our school the upper grades use the prior years to expand on what they have learned. The upper graders discuss topics more in depth, analyze different perspectives, and work to communicate what they have learned in an effective manner.