Our Name

"May people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field." Psalm 72:16

God made and upholds the oceans, forests, and wilderness, but he has set the field apart for special fruitfulness and partnership. The field is where divine image bearers are invited to collaborate with Almighty God, to participate in the production of all manner of beautiful and useful things. Our prayer is that the city's children would truly blossom into who they were created to be, bearing the fruit of wisdom, joy, and peace.
"Let the field exult, and all that is in it."

Mission Statement

We are establishing a multiracial, classical school that nurtures the hearts and minds of children through rigorous study rooted in a Christ-centered environment. Students will grow intellectually, socially and spiritually, developing a passion for lifelong learning, faithful service, and lasting relationships amid diverse community.

Education for Life

Classical, Christ-centered education seeks to develop children to their full capacity as image-bearers of God: knowing, loving, and expressing that which is good, true, and beautiful. Students engage rigorous content that has endured through the centuries; they are invited to grapple with powerful ideas and ultimately develop habits of personal responsibility, life-long learning, and robust self-expression. Learning requires rich fellowship with others (students, parents, faculty, and friends), inheriting together the wisdom found in the liberal arts. We develop mature persons who delight in learning and are prepared to navigate a complex, changing world.

Christ-Centered

We seek to be Christ-centered school. The person of Jesus Christ informs our mission and educational philosophy, as well as the daily life of the school. Each day will begin with prayer, Scripture, and song. Leadership and faculty believe that with Christ at the center of all things, all children can experience true transformation and growth. Students and families from all religious traditions, or lack thereof, belong and are valued. Within the school community, we form lasting relationships based upon the model of Jesus Christ, while supporting the role of parents, guardians, and churches to guide their children into spiritual maturity.

Catalysts for Renewal

The full expression of the kingdom of God depends on rich and diverse community. Our school seeks to promote relationship-building among its students’ families, staff, and neighborhood, prioritizing the voices often not heard. We are passionate about being partners for urban renewal, racial reconciliation, and the continued establishment of dignity, empowerment, and self-determination for all.


Timing

We plan to launch in the fall of 2017 with Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade. Each year an early childhood class will be added as the initial first grade class ages.

Location

Chicago’s West side is an area with rich history and stark inequalities. Given our vision, early interest, and strategic opportunity, we are targeting West side neighborhoods like Austin and Garfield Park.

Model

This effort is inspired by a number of schools, most significantly The Oaks Academy in Indianapolis: a classical, Christ-centered school with three campuses. The Oaks is 40% African American, 40% white, and 20% Latino(a) and Asian American; nearly half the students at The Oaks qualify for free or reduced lunch. In 2015, The Oaks was the highest performing network of schools in Indiana on the statewide standardized exam.

Cost

Independent schools raise money through tuition, private tax-deductible donations, and foundation grants. This school would utilize a sliding scale to determine how much each family pays: as little as $500 to as much as $7,500, taking into account income, number of children enrolled at the school, and other factors. At The Oaks, 85% of students receive financial assistance.

Launch Factors

We have a detailed action plan to address the following critical needs, as well as a white paper that communicates our vision.

Human resources: Founding team, school leader, teachers, trustees, and donors
Funding: Seed funds of $25,000; first year operations of $225,000
Community partnerships: Neighborhood organizations, churches, and stakeholders
Spiritual power: Continuous prayer for God’s guidance, wisdom, and favor

Contact

For more information contact us at classicalchicago@gmail.com.