At North Star Classical Christian School, we recognize that a true education does not have vocational readiness as its primary goal. That is secondary. The primary goal for our students is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul and mind on goodness, truth and beauty. By pursuing primary goals, secondary goals will naturally result. By neglecting primary goals, "men without chests" are developed (C.S. Lewis). The name North Star Classical Christian School reflects on this in three ways. First, North Star is in reference to Frederick Douglass, who embodied many of the Intellectual Virtues we strive for students to develop. Second, Classical refers to the philosophy, methodology, and curriculum we have selected. Third, Christian refers to the integration of a biblical worldview into all of the areas of study. Education is not just about what we learn, but the process of becoming a true student in the process. At North Star we focus on Ten Master Intellectual Virtues: Curiosity, Humility and Obedience, Autonomy, Attentiveness, Carefulness in Thought and Action, Thoroughness, Broad Thinking, Courage, Tenacity, Punctuality and Responsibility.
The term "classical" refers to the classical period of the Greek and Roman civilizations, from which we obtained ancient teaching in mythology, art, architecture, and languages. Classical education has produced many of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders, and scientists throughout history.
Classical training in literature, Latin, history, and rhetoric was the norm until the twentieth century, when a gradual shift to a progressive model eroded the stalwart foundation of classical learning. In the last few decades, there has been a shift in education towards interactive and experiential learning. In some ways, this is a return to the classical approach where students learned through experience under a tutor.