ADELPHIA CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Listen to the advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19:20-21
The Academy is located in Orange County, California and mostly serves families in the city of Orange and surrounding communities. Academy families mostly travel both north or south Orange County. Some families travel from Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.
The campus is located on the beautiful Bridge Community Church campus, in the City of Orange, near the intersection of the California State Route 55 and 22 freeways. A carpool coordinator is available for families seeking opportunities to share rides (inquire within).
Adelphia Classical Christian Academy is a Private School Program (PSP) offering an affordable classical Christian educational service for homeschool families. The Academy offers full-time 3-day enrollment for grades K through 12. Full-time students (grades 1-12) are listed under the Academy's PSP affidavit; the Academy files the annual PSP affidavit in California covering enrolled students. The Academy operates as the administrator for each student by maintaining student cumulative records (i.e., attendance, grades, high school transcripts, and health information).
The Academy provides the curriculum and on-campus, teacher-led instruction three days per week. Classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; Wednesday and Friday are at-home program days reinforcing lessons taught on-campus. This schedule removes the inefficiencies of a typical five-day school while still providing teacher-led core instruction, which provides flexibility for families to manage their outside activities better. For at-home days, families are provided with homework sheets to help support their child(ren)'s learning success. Parents are not required to teach lessons at home; they are required to help with grading homework and ensuring completion of assigned student tasks. Less parent grading is required as the student matriculates.
Authentic Classical Education
A classical education is not authentic unless the Truth is at the center of the education; otherwise, students are educated with relative truth and not The Truth. The Academy seeks to place God always at the center of education so that the Truth may teach and guide Academy students toward wisdom and virtue. When a student is educated in authentic Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, the conventional question to our youth, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is left wanting and is replaced with, "How do you plan to share your time and talents?"
The mission of the Academy is to cultivate a student’s love of Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and Christian unity through the study of Western civilization and Great Books. Students learn that knowledge without virtue is dangerous and that the ultimate knowledge—The Truth—is the aim of their education. A classical education is not authentic unless God (The Truth) is at the center of the education; without this foundation, students are educated in relative truth and cannot answer such important questions as “why am I here?” and “how shall I live?”. The Academy seeks to place God always at the center of education so that the Truth may teach and guide Academy students toward wisdom and virtue. When a student is educated in authentic Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, the conventional question to our youth, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is left wanting and is replaced with, "How do you plan to share your time and talents?"
In partnership with parents and guided by the Gospel, the Academy strives to educate students in a classical tradition and to cultivate a rightly ordered love of Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and Christian unity in Christ within students so that they may grow in knowledge (wisdom) and in the love of our Lord (virtue); more aptly use their gifts and developed virtue in the service of others; and glorify Christ and His Church.
Adelphia Classical Christian Academy is directed by Christians, is composed of Christian participants, operates according to Christian principles, and further seeks to build a lasting relationship between students and Christ. Our relationship with Jesus, or our union with Christ, is of utmost importance. Paul’s letters mention the union with Christ nearly 200 times using terms such as “in Christ,” “with Christ,” and “through Christ." The Academy focuses on unity in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the Book of John (chapter 17), Jesus prays for His disciples, but He also prays for those of us here today and tomorrow to be in unity with Him and His Father so that the world will know that He was sent by the Father. Christians are called to be united in Christ. Union with Christ captures the mysterious reality that Christ dwells in the heart of each believer; believers, simultaneously, dwell in the heart of Christ. Thus, they are one. The Academy aspires to foster unity in Jesus Christ to help show the world that the Father sent the Son.
An authentic classical education fosters truth, beauty, goodness, and unity in Christ.
"I do not pray for these [disciples] only, but also for those who believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me." (John 17:20-21)
Adelphia Classical Christian Academy emphasizes the three stages of educational development that characterize classical education (trivium): first, the grammar stage, teaching factual foundations through recitation; second, the logic stage, instilling reasoning and critical thinking skills; and third, the rhetoric stage, emphasizing the role of language in achieving precision and clarity of thought.
The Academy exists to educate students through a reliable core of subjects, including phonics, reading, writing, cursive penmanship, spelling, grammar, math, history, geography and cultural studies, fine arts and poetry, Latin roots, Latin language, and Christian studies. Quality enrichment books are used to facilitate the fostering of wisdom and virtue within the younger students while classical literature books are used for older students. Electronic devices are discouraged; pencil and paper are primarily used. The Academy is a partner member of the Classical Latin School Association (CLSA) and is currently seeking accreditation through CLSA.
The Academy exists to educate students through a reliable core of substantial subjects, including composition, logic, rhetoric, debate, Latin, Greek, classical studies, English and world literature, poetry, mathematics, science, history, government and economics, fine arts, and Christian studies. High school classes are rigorous and college preparatory, with over 30 courses receiving NCAA approval. Although electronic devices continue to be discouraged on a daily basis, typed papers are expected using a format defined by the teacher. All Latin students are expected to participate in the annual National Latin Exam. Students are encouraged to participate in the National Mythology and National Greek Exams. The Academy is a partner member of the Classical Latin School Association (CLSA) and is currently seeking accreditation through CLSA.
The Academy classes are taught by gifted teachers, who are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with their students. Teachers are hired for their teaching skills and knowledge, including select parent teachers who are highly educated or possess exceptional skills.
Recognizing the value of small classes, the Academy’s philosophy is to maintain small classes in core subjects throughout all grades. Class size is normally limited to 16 students. Grades are combined if there are not enough students to fill a grade. For combined grades, material is rotated to avoid unnecessary repetition. Additionally, the Academy strives to offer select core courses during the same time period for grades 5 and up (e.g., math, science, and Latin). Although students may be part of a combination class, they will receive separate instruction for their appropriate math level.
The Academy's History, Founders, Partners/Accreditations, and Approvals
Adelphia Classical Christian Academy was established in 2014 by faithful families seeking to balance a quality education with family life. The Academy desired to refine the provided and structured classical education through partnership with the Classical Latin School Association (CLSA) in 2019; the Academy is currently seeking formal accreditation with CLSA. Information about the Academy's Founders is provided here. Information about CLSA is provided here. Some student athletes choose to attend the Academy due to their participation in NCAA sports. The Academy offers over 30 courses approved by NCAA. Approved NCAA courses may be viewed using the NCAA high school portal (search for Adelphia Classical Christian Academy).