What does a school day look like?
8:00 am School Day Starts
10:00 am Recess (20 min.)
12:00 pm School Day Ends
1st – 8th Grade
8:00 am School Day Starts
10:30 am Recess (15 min.)
12:00 pm Lunch (45 min.)
2:00 pm School Day Ends
What is the relationship between Providence Classical Academy and Sovereign Grace Church?
Providence Classical Academy operates under the oversight of Sovereign Grace Church of Bakersfield. However, it is a separate institution with its own Board of Directors, finances, and policies. Enrollment is not limited to Sovereign Grace Church members but is open to all Christians who agree with our Statement of Faith and who are members in good standing of a Christian church.
What grades are you offering this year?
We plan to open expand our grades for Fall of 2022. For the 2021-2022 school year we offer JrK – 6th Grade, but we are adding 7th and 8th grade for 2022-2023 school year.
What school subjects do you teach?
Why do you teach Latin?
Learning Latin is a valuable part of a classical education for at least three reasons. First, many of the English words for important concepts are originally Latin words, like justice, religion, constitution, education, and others. Learning Latin is thus an important tool for expanding students’ understanding of these concepts. Second, a language is an entire way of thinking of the world, and students benefit immensely from learning a second language to expand their minds. Latin is similar enough to English that students can learn it well but different enough that it challenges them to think differently. Third, and perhaps most importantly, many of the best things ever written were written in Latin. Learning Latin gives students access to all of those texts in their original language.
Why do you teach cursive?
The teaching of cursive handwriting is out of vogue in mainstream education, and learning to type is thought to be a suitable replacement. Traditional educators, however, have long known that the development of handwriting is beneficial to students’ academic development. And more and more modern research is proving that learning to write in cursive has significant benefits for students’ memory, spelling, writing ability, and fine motor skills. Computers can be valuable tools, but typing cannot replace handwriting.
What if my child has not had a Classical Education up to this point? Will they be too far behind to succeed?
It is never too late to pursue classical education. The goal of a classical education is not to “cover” a certain amount of “material” within a certain time so that the student can check off all the boxes for advancing to the next grade. The goal is for the student to know more and be more virtuous at the end of the year than at the beginning. Classical education meets its students where they are and challenges them to increase their knowledge and wisdom.