WHAT IS HP'S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY?
Horizon Prep holds to a Christ-centered classical philosophy of education and teaching methodology as defined in Douglas Wilson’s book, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning. This approach to education is inherently different from many contemporary school models that hold to non-Biblical, humanistic philosophies and that teach to prepare students for a career in the workplace rather than educate them to be thinkers and to fulfill their life purpose.
The Classical model has provided an exemplary standard of teaching for more than 1500 years. It is a time-tested methodology that capitalizes on the stages in a child’s development – the way God created us – to help students realize their full potential. The three stages comprise what is known as the Trivium and can be compared to the Biblical terms knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
“As an Administrator who started my career in the classroom more than fifteen years ago, I continue to hear the same story from parents whose child is a new student at Horizon Prep: It is a story of transformation. Parents often tell me that before coming to Horizon Prep, just getting their child to go to school was a struggle – complaints of being sick, or tummy aches to get out of class, were common. Now, however, these same children are different! These same parents tell me they see their children prepare their uniforms the night before school, sprint out of the car in the morning, and actually look forward to school. I repeatedly hear, “I thought I had lost my child, but now I have them back.” To me, that is the ultimate measure of success.” — Heather Dalton, former Director of Curriculum & Instruction
At all levels, programs and teachings, HP seeks to:
- Teach all subjects as parts of an integrated whole with the Scriptures at the center (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Provide a clear model of Biblical Christian life through staff and leadership (Matthew 22:37-40)
- Encourage every child in developing and maintaining his/her relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20)
- Create an environment students enjoy. Students that want to be at school are motivated and therefore put forth more effort.
- Encourage every student to develop a love for learning and to achieve his/her academic potential. Students that love to learn become masters of whatever they put their minds to.
- Foster a supportive environment. When students feel loved, they feel safe. When they feel safe, they are motivated to put forth more effort and therefore achieve more.
- Hire the most qualified teachers (credentialed and highly educated), who also possess the gift of teaching. The only thing that can guarantee a student’s success is the effectiveness of the teacher. You can have the best curriculum, technology and resources, but if you do not have the best teacher implementing them, the student will not benefit.
- Teach to the highest child – raise the bar – for every student. Students rise to the level that is set before them, behaviorally and academically.
- Implement current best instructional practices based on research and Biblical principles.
- Provide an orderly and disciplined atmosphere conducive to attaining these goals.