Chrysostom 2017 Winners
Aug25

Chrysostom 2017 Winners

Fall 2017 The National ACCS Oratory Contest 2017 Winners Each year, students from ACCS member schools compete in a national oratory contest. But these probably aren’t like the speeches most of us remember from high school. CHRYSOSTOM MEANS “GOLDEN MOUTHED” IN GREEK. John Chrysostom (St. John in the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and Anglican churches) began his life in 349 in Antioch and died on his way to exile in 407. He was most...

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2017 Blakey Prize Winners
Aug23

2017 Blakey Prize Winners

Fall 2017   Blakey Prize in Fine Art: ACCS National Fine Arts Competition Congratulations to our winners! To learn more about prizes and contest rules, visit the ACCS website.   Drawing Category Painting...

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Back to (a Classical) School
Aug22

Back to (a Classical) School

by Rebekah Merkle | Fall 2017 An answer for students to the why question   So here you are in a classical school. Have you ever wondered why?   (Aside, of course, from the obvious fact that this is where your parents decided you should go.) In my experience, high school students in classical schools frequently have only the haziest notion of what this whole thing is supposed to accomplish—and sometimes they have the wrong...

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Graduates Profile
May26

Graduates Profile

Summer 2017 Our graduates are worth reading about. Not only will you be encouraged about our future, you might find your next summer read. Have you ever wondered about their perspectives, favorite experiences, and plans as they get ready to take the next step? Some headmasters at ACCS accredited schools have shared just that from some of their top graduates.     LOGAN BOYD VERITAS SCHOOL, NEWBERG, OR Plans Pursue a...

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Alumni Profile – Andrew Brinkerhoff
May24

Alumni Profile – Andrew Brinkerhoff

Summer 2017 Climbing Hills to Tackle Mountains The path to CERN On a typical day, Andrew Brinkerhoff hops on his bike and pedals to work at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN)—home to the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.     The 2005 Mars Hill Academy (Mason, Ohio) alumnus studied particle physics at the University of Notre Dame, followed by 18 months analyzing particle collision data in...

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Polluting the Shadows
May15

Polluting the Shadows

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Reinventing College
Feb25

Reinventing College

Spring 2017 UNCONVENTIONAL COLLEGE OPTIONS for CLASSICAL STUDENTS ACCS graduates are not conventional high school graduates. Their depth, command of language, and mastery of reason are often pronounced. But now, we’ve created a new problem. Where do we send these unconventional students to college? The good news is they can succeed just about anywhere. But, parents want more than success. Many parents want to continue their children’s...

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Tectonic Shifts in the College World
Feb24

Tectonic Shifts in the College World

Spring 2017 Twenty-five years ago, around twenty classical Christian schools joined together to form the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (publisher of this magazine). To reinvent K–12 in a classical model, new ACCS schools were built largely from the ground up. But college is a different story. Colleges in the U.S. are much more diverse—and nearly all of them have access to public student financial aid. Research...

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A Major Undertaking
Feb24

A Major Undertaking

by Marissa Black | Spring 2017 How colleges could be missing the point Where are you from? Which dorm are you in? What’s your major? This is the rapid-fire list nearly every freshman gets asked in those first few months of college. What students choose to study can become a key part of how they distinguish and understand themselves. Finance? Music? Applied exercise science? The categories and sub-categories seem endless, which is why...

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Alumni Profile – Michael Fitts
Feb19

Alumni Profile – Michael Fitts

by Michael Fitts | Spring 2017 A Strategic Education Classical learning on the front lines   My classical Christian education started in the 4th grade at Ad Fontes Academy. As a sophomore—which can appropriately be translated as a wise fool—I decided life would be better at my local public school. That was an eye-opener. I was back at AFA by the second semester of my junior year. Ten days after I graduated in June of 2012, I left...

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Alumni Profile – Jeffery Faulkner
Feb19

Alumni Profile – Jeffery Faulkner

by Jeffrey Faulkner | Spring 2017 Standing on the Wall with Spenser and Augustine The warrior-poet As I stood in the hallway of Regents School of Austin, I heard my teachers crying. I was starting my first week of high school when the headmaster gathered the upper school together to explain there had been a series of terrorist attacks in the United States—in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.   In the years that...

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Set Apart – Great and Small
Feb19

Set Apart – Great and Small

Spring 2017 Deep Waters Ben and Emma Hopkins and Ethan Chaffee aren’t afraid of deep water or hard work. Last spring, the three high school rowers from Augustine Classical Academy, NY, entered the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia, PA, the largest scholastic rowing regatta in the world. For a small school, surviving the heats to advance to the semis is a big accomplishment.   Last May, however, Ethan (11th) and Ben (10th) stunned...

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Think Bigger
Nov11

Think Bigger

by David Goodwin | Winter 2016 Christian Education as a Conquering Force   That stitch in time that would save nine, for education, was missed a century ago. Christian culture is grasping at threads as it tries to remain relevant. But, there is hope that we can reweave a once great tapestry.   A PBS feature “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler” repeats the common but false claim: “Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, made its...

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Education and the Art of Pastries
Nov11

Education and the Art of Pastries

by CHRISTOPHER JOHN MAIOCCA | Winter 2016 A study in American innovation   One key evidence that our educational system may indeed be broken is the meteoric rise of innovation-based charter schools.   In 1996 there were approximately 500 of these schools spread over 16 states. Today, all but eight states have joined the movement, as nearly 7000 charters currently serve 2.2 million students, and even this falls far short of...

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Classical Schools – When Christianity is Silenced
Nov10

Classical Schools – When Christianity is Silenced

Top Picture: ©ACCS 2016 Winter 2016      What happens when Christianity is silenced? That airliner you flew on last month had 5000 gallons of explosive jet fuel in the wings. Before you got on it, you must have trusted that the aircraft was working as designed. In the same way, with the exceptional power of classical education comes exceptional danger. The DNA of classical education—what makes it tick, what makes it work—is the...

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