Our Distinctives

Christian • ClassicalCollaborative

Christian

At Providence, we believe the character of God is to be reflected in everything we do and the Scriptures are the pillar of truth upon which all other truths must rest. Jesus Christ is not only our Advocate before the Father, He is also the consumate role model to follow. Providence does not limit our focus to data retention and external behaviors, rather we view the child as a whole, seeking to develop their character. We are committed to strengthening families and coming alongside parents as they continually point their child to God, who alone is the standard of all that is true, good, and beautiful. At Providence, we recognize that without a proper understanding of God, the other subjects lack their fundamental foundation.

Classical

The process of education is formative, shaping a person’s heart, mind and soul. Early Christians chose to adopt the Classical Education Model because of its proven success, shaping some of the world’s greatest minds–from Aristotle to Galileo to C.S. Lewis. Classical education focuses on logic and problem-solving skills while reinforcing a student’s understanding of grammar and language. Reading the best authors – such as Homer, Plato, Shakespeare and Dickens – sharpens students’ writing abilities. Students at Providence are immersed in math, science, history, literature, music, art and classical languages. It is through these subjects that students are equipped to interact with the world around them while appreciating the truth, goodness and beauty that God has created.

Collaborative Model

Collaborative Model Schools utilize a "hybrid" teacher-parent integrated instructional approach. This is a full-time, five days per week school with students spending two (grammar level) or three (logic and rhetoric level) days each week in the classroom and the other days studying in the "satellite classroom" (at home) under the supervision of a parent (or other designated co-teacher). As students mature, they become increasingly independent, so that by the time they reach the 12th grade, they work and study as independent learners, ready for college.
This model is unique in Wilmington, NC. In this model there are strong parent-teacher partnerships where responsibility for your children's education is shared between the classroom teachers and the parents. You are also a member of a school community in which parents support each other, encourage each other, and share best practices.