New City Academy partners with parents to educate their children to the glory of God and the good of society.
“Education is not a subject, and it does not deal in subjects. It is instead the transfer of a way of life.”
A Christian Education
A distinctively Christian vision of education begins with the reality that God has spoken, the knowledge that we can trust him, and the confidence that God’s Word equips us to engage his world rightly. As the Scriptures say, “All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ” (Colossians 2:3). A Christian education, therefore, is not one in which students are taught less than their secular peers but more, going beyond the surface level of factual knowledge to see the interrelated connection of all things in God’s world. Jesus also tells us that our purpose in life is to know and love God (Mark 12:30). This means a Christian education has a higher goal than merely getting into college or landing a job; rather, a Christian education aims to instill wonder-filled worship. Finally, a Christian education is holistic, focusing on the heart as well as the head to cultivate virtues and form lifelong learners to the glory of God (2 Peter 1:5-7).
A Collaborative Education
Collaborative education combines the benefits of learning in an organized community with the instructional role that God has given to parents (Ephesians 6:4). In short, the parents are the teachers, the home is the classroom, and New City Academy provides specialized oversight and support. We empower parents to take ownership of their children’s education from start to finish with services like: curating course curricula, managing grades, conferring graduate diplomas, hosting teacher training seminars, enabling peer cohorts for parents and students, and assisting in the instruction of advanced subjects. In this way, we work together to embrace what is good and overcome various challenges so that every parent may be able say after the Lord Jesus himself, “Here am I, and the children the God has given me” (Hebrews 2:13).
“The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him, as we may the nearest by possessing our souls of true virtue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith makes up the highest perfection.”
A Classical Education
Classical education is a time-tested model for instilling knowledge and forming virtues. It is built on the heritage of antiquity’s greatest minds, and has a proven record of producing students who love what is good, beautiful, and true. Classical education returns to the roots of knowledge and sound learning, emphasizing aptitude over experience, stressing understanding over rote memorization, and teaching truth as what is right instead of as what “works.”
The classical method of teaching consists in three stages that match the developing capacities of children according to God’s design:
- The Grammar Stage (K-6th Grade) focuses on knowledge, establishing a broad foundation in major subjects at a time when children excel at memorization.
- The Logic Stage (7th-8th Grade) focuses on understanding, teaching children the principles that categorize and govern the knowledge they learned in the Grammar Stage.
- The Rhetoric Stage (9th-12th Grade) focuses on wisdom, or the application and presentation of what is known and understood in a clear and convincing manner.
Head of School
Jason Elliott a native of Virginia and has lived in the Greater Richmond Area since 2006. Jason completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy at James Madison University in 2003 and his Master’s of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006. Jason has over 20 years experience in pastoral ministry, inclusive of Christian Education ministries along with 15 years of experience in strategic leadership and program management in the Department of Defense. Jason, his wife, Ashley, and their four children were a part of the core planting team at Remnant Church where Jason currently serves as the Pastor for Families.
Matt King is a Richmond native who completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University along with Post-Graduate Studies in Education from Liberty University. He has more than 10 years of experience working in Christian Education, including Classical Christian Education. Matt, his wife, Sandra, and their four children have been members of Remnant Church for over 13 years.