Guiding Principles

Education is never neutral. It is more than the mere transmission of facts; it involves the communication of life principles and values and, therefore, requires a spiritual context. Because God created, sustains and will consummate all things through His Son, Jesus Christ, we believe that facts, whether mathematical, historical, scientific, or otherwise, can only represent truth if they are taught in the context of a Christian worldview. This belief will permeate our goals and objectives, our teaching methods and our curriculum.

Cross Classical Academy is a private, Christian school and an independently governed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is not a ministry of any particular church or denominational body, nor does it promote or endorse any particular denomination. It is our desire to maintain this position for the purpose of unity and fairness to each student, avoiding any dissension that may be caused by denominational distinctives. As a Christian organization, all board members, faculty, staff and student families profess faith in Jesus Christ.

At Cross Classical Academy, we affirm that parents are the child’s first and best teachers. Parents are the single most influential factor in a child’s educational performance, as well as in emotional, social, and spiritual development. Therefore, Cross Classical Academy seeks to assist parents in their God-given task to train their children in mind, body, and spirit (Deuteronomy 6 and Ephesians 6:4). By providing time, flexibility, and academic expertise, we promote a partnership that enables parents to adequately fulfill the Lord’s commands for the education and training of children for His glory. Cross Classical Academy provides a support structure for parents through leadership and character development programs, as well as through seminars for parents to deepen their own understanding of academic subjects, classical texts, and the way in which faith shapes their worldview.

The classical method of education is a three-stage approach to instruction with the goal of producing graduates who have mastered the art of learning so that they may skillfully acquire and apply knowledge, reason critically and articulate persuasively. Sometimes referred to as the Trivium (Latin for “three ways”), this approach consists of the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages, each building upon its predecessor. Basic factual content and rules – the “grammar”- of any given subject must first be mastered; then, an understanding of how to apply the facts – the “logic”- must be discerned; and finally, the ability to synthesize the foregoing into an articulate argument – the “rhetoric”- must be developed. The Biblical equivalent to this progression is found in the imperative to pursue knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

Cross Classical Academy’s approach has been influenced by the ideas of a mid-nineteenth century British educator of children, Charlotte Mason. Mason emphasized the use of “living books”, the first-hand study of nature, and the importance of imagination and free play to the learning process. At Cross Classical Academy, our goal is to challenge our students without exasperating them. While we will maintain rigorous academic standards for our students, we resist a learning environment hampered by excessive competition or pointless drudgery. We foster wonder and delight in the academic process through hands-on learning, real-life experiences, field trips, and special academic events that bring joy to learning. A classical education should not be rigid or dull, but full of life. We desire our students to not only learn, but to love learning.


Cross Classical Academy partners with Christian parents to provide for their children a classical education founded upon a Biblical Worldview. This form of education trains children to love the Lord whole-heartedly and to become Christ-like leaders in their homes, churches, communities, and the world.



Cross Classical Academy
PO Box 1422
Brownwood, TX 76804

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