During the Summer of 1998, Zachary and Deborah Henry were praying about their children and education. God led them to open a Christ-centered private school with an emphasis on science and technology. After much research, collaboration and prayer, the concept of opening a University-Model School® fit the deeply held philosophy that parents are an essential element for student success.
CLPS incorporates classical education elements based on the Trivium, a three part approach to education consisting of grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages. Students taught using the classical approach can be characterized as creative, inventive, and thoughtful problem solvers, capable of logical debate and meaningful expository writing.
Our primary aim at CLPS is to glorify and honor God (1 Cor. 10:31, 1 Pet. 4:11).
Our second aim at CLPS is to train and encourage our students to become His disciples (Matt.28:18-20).
As a UMS, we will strive to strengthen the family (as the Bible defines it), as the first and primary social and educational unit instituted by God, through the educational ministry God has given us (Gen.2:18-25, Ex. 20:12, Matt. 19:4-6, Eph. 5:22-6:4).
- Have been called and equipped to pursue God’s good, pleasing and perfect will for their lives.
- Have unique academic, social, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.
- Need security and consistency in the classroom.
- Need staff members who compassionately seek to understand and listen to them.
In order that our students keep “increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men,” we aim to provide them with a high quality academic education (Luke 2:52, Prov. 1:2-7, 3:13-20, 4:1-9, 9:9, 10:14).
Inasmuch as both the home and the body of Christ share the responsibility for teaching His children, we aim to effectively and systematically integrate the home and the school in the delivery of an academic education (Eph. 4:7-16, 6:4, 1 Cor. 14:26-33, Titus 1:5).
- Need assessment to cultivate gifts, strengthen weaknesses, and inform teachers of students’ progress
- Thrive when challenged
- Need a clearly defined plan for completing a course of study
- Should receive prompt feedback from teachers regarding grades
- And teachers cooperate to discover God’s purpose for the student.
- Should participate in all aspects of student life.
- Lead their students spiritually.
- Motivate and encourage their children to realize their full potential.
- Should be regularly informed of grades, assignments, and attendance.
- Are an invaluable asset.
- Need administrative support and constructive feedback.
- Function best with a variety of resources.
- Should be required to pursue professional development.
- Should incorporate various strategies to effectively teach students.
- And administrators should model positive attitudes and spiritual maturity.
- Support and advise parents as they direct their students’ education.
- Must be readily available to assist parents as needed.
- Should take the initiative to contact parents when difficult situations arise.
- That prepares students for life must be both rigorous and inspiring.
- Is enhanced by the use of modern technology.
- Is enhanced by extracurricular activities which further train young minds and hearts.
Educational goals are essential.
“So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence.
- A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better.
- Knowing God leads to self-control.
- Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness.
- Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone.
The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NLV)
Additional Student Involvement
In addition to academic classes, CLPS students take part in extra-curricular activities.
Students have participated in the National Latin Exam, creative writing and poetry contests, the Star-Telegram Spelling Bee, Jump Rope for Heart, the Science Olympiad and numerous community service oriented projects.