Classical education upholds a standard of excellence and has proven itself over the course of time. We believe JXC's high standards and research-based curriculum will provide students with a traditional education that will challenge them to excel not only in learning but in character development. At JXC, high academic achievement, personal discipline, ethics, and responsibility will be consistently reinforced through the study of subjects in the classical tradition. Students will graduate from JXC highly literate and ethical citizens who are well-prepared to advance into any life endeavor and to inspire others.
What is Classical Education?
Classical education is a classroom in which well-educated, articulate, and engaged teachers explicitly convey real knowledge to students using traditional teaching methods. We have a culture that demands moral virtue, decorum, respect, discipline, and studiousness among students and faculty. There is acknowledgement of objective standards of correctness, logic, beauty, weightiness, and truth intrinsic to the liberal arts. One description defining and explaining the difference and importance of classical education can be found here: “A Classical Education for Modern Times,” by Dr. Terrence Moore.
A Content-Rich Curriculum
A classical education delivers real content which fosters a natural love for learning and thinking. Students learn about historical events, characters, stories, fables, myths, scientific facts, and mathematical proofs. They read whole books in great depth, and learn to approach books both with motivation to learn and courage to question. A republic is best served when its citizens can formulate historically-rooted opinions, draw upon powerful myths, stories, allegories, and tales, and understand the basic workings of the natural world. Our proven curriculum does not teach to the test, but more than prepares students for success by exceeding the standards of many other schools.
A Traditional Classroom
Our teachers teach and our students study. A classical classroom prioritizes the authority of the teacher, and their expertise and responsibility to deliver it to students. Students are not the passive recipients of knowledge, but active participants in the discussion. This disciplined and orderly environment facilitates attention, focus, and engagement. In our classrooms, technology may be a tool, but the teachers model leadership and deliver instruction. We do not entrust the preparation of our next generation of Americans to an adult monitoring the students allegedly "learning" from a computer program.