A Classical and Christ-centered Education

Our guiding principles at AICA fall under two headings:

CHRIST-CENTERED

In all its levels, programs, and teaching, AICA seeks to do the following:

Teach all subjects as part of an integrated whole with the Scriptures at the center (2 Timothy 3:16-17);

  1. Provide a clear model of the biblical Christian life through our staff and board (Matthew 22:37-40);
  2. Encourage every student to begin and develop his relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 19:13-15).

 

CLASSICAL

In all its levels, programs, and teaching, AICA seeks to do the following:

  1. Introduce our students to western civilization through the tools of the seven liberal arts.
  2. To prepare our students to engage the world around them by training them in the universal tools of learning.
  3. Encourage every student to develop a love for learning and live up to his academic potential.
  4. Provide an orderly atmosphere conducive to the attainment of the above goals.

These goals are visually represented in our school crest.

The Scriptures symbolize our commitment to the Protestant principle of sola scriptura. We aim to ground everything we do by measuring it according to the word of God as contained in the Old and New Testaments: the only rule to direct us on how we may glorify and enjoy God (WSC Q. 2).

The Shield symbolizes our commitment to the Western liberal arts tradition. We do not uncritically accept everything from the past, but neither do we wish to expel everything old. Rather, we take responsibility for western civilization and wish to impress that identity upon our students and parents.

The Oak tree is an allusion to the oak trees under which Abraham took refuge in Genesis 13:18 and it symbolizes our philosophy of education. Humankind is a not a machine, but a tree: an organic entity has needs to be cultivated and nurtured to full maturity.