Journal

Unveiling the Vision: The Birth of SCA – A Journey into Classical Christian Education

More than anything, we want our kids to know the forgiving and loving heart of God, and we
want them to love Him in return. The heart can’t love what the mind does not know, so
education is, for us, the means of drawing our kids’ minds and then hearts to God. Starting the
school was a step in that effort. Classical Christian education is the best means that we have
found for awakening the wonder within our children, teaching them how to learn, then reason,
then articulate eloquently. It is a parent’s great responsibility and privilege to fill a child’s mind
with treasures of truth, beauty, and goodness. We have only a few short years as parents to
stock up the treasure chests of our kids’ minds and to train their affections to love the right
things and abhor the evil. Inspired by the examples of the intelligent, servant-hearted men and
women we want our children to grow up to be like, and desiring to cling to God and glorify Him
with the resources He’s given us, we found that helping to start a school was our best option
and the best thing we could do for the kids that God has entrusted to our care.

Written by: Danette Miller, SCA Board Member and Founding Family Member

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Divine Reflections: A Journey of Faith, Gratitude, and Guidance

Our Heavenly Father,

We praise you for your steadfast love that shall not depart from us, your covenant of peace that shall not be removed, and that you have compassion on us (Isaiah 54:10).

We confess that we daily forget – even deny – your great love and sovereignty. We confess that we’re often more motivated by self-love than by our love for you. We want to consciously make an effort tonight, with your help, to turn from our illusions of self-sufficiency, repent from serving our personal kingdoms, and turn our eyes, hearts, and minds upon you. We lay down our plans, sacrifice our wills, and take up your cross. Please help us to be like Jesus whose every action is motivated by love for you. If we rightly understand your great love, we would give thanks without ceasing and trust you continually to provide our daily portion. 

You who gave up your own Son for us all will certainly, graciously give us all things (Romans 8:32)! You know our needs and our (seemingly) limited resources. And we know that you are the God who fed four thousand men with seven loaves of bread and two fish, that you compassionately provided for the physical needs of the people following you, that they all ate and were satisfied (Matthew 15:31-38). We expect and trust that you will also provide for your followers at this school. 

Oh, the joy in knowing you and being yours! Joy is the effect of a grateful heart. Giving thanks shows our trust in you. When we complain about our circumstances, not only are we acting ungrateful, we’re showing a lack of trust – and what a grievous sin that is! The pride of not trusting is the pride of thinking that we know better than you. We confess we’re guilty of this pride, and we’re so grateful for your promise to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

We repent from serving ourselves and turn to you with grateful hearts. May the song of Psalm 103 resound from this school always and motivate all that we do here:

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s…. Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

We’re clinging to you, Father! Holy Spirit, please guide us in all truth tonight. Jesus, please clothe us with your likeness, compassionate hearts, humility, meekness, and patience (Colossians 3:12). As leaders of this school, help us to shepherd your flock here as you, God, would have us, willingly, eagerly, and as good examples (1 Peter 5:1-3).

It’s in Jesus’ name that we pray, Amen.

Written by: Danette Miller, Board Vice Chairwoman

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Embarking on a Journey of Educational Excellence: 

Why We Founded Summit Classical Academy

As founding family members and current board members of Summit Classical Academy, We are thrilled to share the story behind our school’s inception and the driving force behind our commitment to classical Christian education.

Classical Christian Education was not a novel concept to our family. We were very familiar with this type of education from a previous classical Christian school our daughter attended. The Classical Christian education approach is rooted in centuries of proven success, emphasizing the classics, critical thinking, and moral virtues. Classical Christian education has stood the test of time because it equips students with the tools they need to excel academically and thrive in an ever-changing world. 

When the school our daughter attended from August 2017 to mid November 2019 decided to eliminate the classical element from their curriculum, we decided to search for it elsewhere.  We soon discovered that what we had grown to love and desire in this type of education for our daughter didn’t exist in the north area, so if we wanted to continue this path of classical Christian education, we would have to move.  While that was definitely an option and we could make a move if we needed to, God stopped us and called us to consider exploring what it would look like to start a Classical Christian school. So we did! In November 2019 SCA was born. This quest involved a deep dive into the realm of classical Christian education, with our family,  the Miller family and Mrs. Fraser immersing ourselves in literature, curriculum, participating in conferences, and making visits to other classical Christian schools for inspiration.

Initially, we established a homeschool co-op comprised of seven students. This cautious beginning was a stepping stone towards our ambitious goal of launching a full-time school by the fall of 2020. 

Summit Classical Academy was born out of a shared vision among our founding families. We realized that the need for a classical Christian education extended far beyond the boundaries of our own families. It was a profound calling from God to establish Summit Classical Academy not just as an educational institution but as a ministry dedicated to serving not only our own children but also the broader community in the northern Denver area.

SCA is more than just a place of learning for our daughter; it’s our community and in some ways, our church. We believe that strong character, respect for others, and a sense of purpose are integral to a child’s development. Summit Classical Academy is not only a place for academic growth but also a place where lifelong friendships are forged and core values are instilled.

As founding family members and board members, we are embarking on a journey of educational excellence. We are committed to providing the best possible education to our students, nurturing their creativity, and fostering a love for learning that is centered on a biblical world view.. Together with parents, we are forging fierce warriors, Christian leaders of today and for tomorrow.

We invite you to join us on this exciting journey. Summit Classical Academy is not just a school; it’s a place where dreams are nurtured, minds are enriched, and futures are shaped. Together, we are laying the foundation for a brighter tomorrow.

Thank you to all the families who have joined us, we are thrilled you are part of the SCA Family.  

The Modglin Family

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A Prayer For Our Teachers

My prayer this year for the school and everyone here is that we will be known by our love ~ in patience; in speech; in forgiveness; in conduct; in serving. 

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

As I’ve been praying for this, God has shown me that it is impossible for me to love anyone without first understanding what Amy Carmichael calls Calvary Love. As the Anglican’s morning prayer of confession claims: there is no health in me! I realized this summer that I honestly don’t understand how people who don’t know the love of Jesus are kind at all – I wouldn’t be! On the flip side, if I truly have been touched by the love of God and gotten a glimpse of its breadth and length and height and depth, then how can I be unloving or unkind? 

God, let us be known by our likeness to You, known by the love we have for one another. 

I studied with two mentors over this summer. If you don’t have a mentor, I highly recommend finding one who is no longer living – they will never surprise or disappoint you by going woke, for one thing. My two dearly loved mentors are Elizabeth Elliot and Charles Spurgeon. I’ve been gathering notes from their wisdom for many months, always on the lookout for what might be helpful to share with teachers. As it so happened, it was my morning devotional today by Charles Spurgeon that is apt:

The people who know their God shall stand firm. – Daniel 11:32

Every believer understands that to know God is the highest and best form of knowledge; and this spiritual knowledge is a source of strength to the Christian. It strengthens his faith. Believers are constantly referred to in the Bible as people who are enlightened and taught by the Lord; they are said to “have been anointed by the Holy One,” (1 John 2:20) and it is the Spirit’s peculiar office to lead them into all truth, so that they might grow in their faith. Knowledge strengthens love as well as faith. Knowledge opens the door, and then through that door we see our Savior. Or to put it another way, knowledge paints the portrait of Jesus, and when we see that portrait, then we love Him. We cannot love a Christ whom we do not know at least in some degree. If we know only a little of the excellencies of Jesus, what He has done for us and what He is doing now, we cannot love Him much; but the more we know Him, the more we will love Him. Knowledge also strengthens hope. How can we hope for something if we do not know of its existence? Hope may be the telescope, but until we receive instruction, our ignorance blocks our view, and we can see nothing. Knowledge removes the blockage, and when we look through the bright optic glass we discover the glory to be revealed and anticipate it with joyful confidence. Knowledge supplies us with reason for patience. How will we have patience unless we know something of the sympathy of Christ and understand the good that comes out of the correction that our heavenly Father sends us? There is not a single Christian who, under God, will not be fostered and brought to perfection by holy knowledge.. It is then very important that we should grow not only in grace, but in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Oh, to write like the Prince of Preachers!

“Knowledge opens the door, and then through that door we see our Savior…. knowledge paints the portrait of Jesus, and when we see that portrait, then we love Him.”

I have always craved knowledge – in all subjects, from math to philosophy, linguistics to literature, art to anthropology. I want to know, see, understand. (This is, of course, what attracted me to classical education for my own children. It is so good.) I don’t believe I’m unique in this hunger for knowledge. I believe all of us are created to crave it, because what it really is is our heart’s desire to know our Creator, to see the portrait of Jesus with the veil removed, to have our telescope of hope in focus. 

As you teach this year, no matter the subject, know that you are opening the door for your students to behold Jesus. That is the work of this school. That is the work of the Kingdom of God. But you must know that love for yourselves first. Meditate on his Word day and night. Feast on it. It is the only way.

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father … that he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being … [that you may] know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:14-19

You are loved by God. You are anointed by Him. And you are covered in prayer by the leadership of this school.

By: Danette Miller, SCA Vice Chairwoman

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June Board Prayer

Dear Father,

You take such good care of us. David prayed, “Answer me when I call you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 4:1) David knew his and all man’s standing with you – we’re desperately dependent on you. But David also knew your relationship with man – a Christian is one who has God as Father. Knowing he was your child was how he could ask for – demand, even – such things: Answer me; give me relief; have mercy on me; hear my prayer. 

David wasn’t asking you to act out of your character or beyond your promises. You describe and reveale yourself as full of mercy. You promise to give us our daily bread and all things that are good for us, and you are God who hears and sees us. We know we have no hope if you don’t hear us, or have mercy on us, or give us relief. Those things are life, and they are only found in you. Thank you for hearing us, for your mercy, your gifts, and for answering our prayers. 

God, we’re here to seek your kingdom – to ask where you’re working on earth and to join you in your work. We have very little to offer – even less than the poor widow’s coin – but we want to give all of it to you. Please accept our lives and use them however you can to share the truth and good news about Jesus Christ. 

Lord, this is hard work, and the absolute only reason to do it – to run and not grow weary – is so that we can share your gospel. It’s so good, we have to share it. Jesus is the treasure worth selling everything for, and you want everyone to hear about Him and have the chance to know Him. We want that, too, God. We want to always be with you, to gaze on your face, to know the joy of your presence, and to worship you. To know you is the point of life, and the only reason to be here on earth after we’ve been adopted as your children is to draw others to Jesus. God, you know how that will be best done through this school and through every detail of our lives. You will be glorified and you will accomplish your good purposes in all things. You give us only what we need, and you withhold anything that would be harmful for us. 

So, Father, we submit our wills and our ways to you. Please help align our desires with yours. We ask for only what we would want if we knew everything that you know. Thank you for hearing us. We give thanks to you, LORD, for you are good. Your love endures forever. (Ps 107:1) You’ve redeemed us. Let us tell our story and walk humbly with you, our God. (Micah 6:8) We are weary and heavy laden, and we don’t know what to do, but you know our state, and your direct marching orders are to yoke ourselves to Jesus – to be gentle and humble. (Mt 11:29)

Help us to be gentle and humble with each other, with our children, with the students, the teachers, and the families. Holy Spirit, have your way with us. Direct our paths. We ask all this as your children whom you dearly love because of Jesus. Amen.

Written by: Danette Miller, SCA Board Vice Chairwoman

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National Day Of Prayer 2023

Today we celebrate the National Day of Prayer. This morning some of our students volunteered to pray over our churches and for our families, education, businesses, workplaces,⁠ military, government, arts, entertainment and⁠ media. It was a beautiful morning of prayer. One of our board members, Micah Miller also prayed the 2023 National Day of Prayer for America.

We come with fervent hearts to praise You Lord.

You are The Word, the Way, Truth and Life.

The Alpha and Omega, Lion of Judah, Almighty God

who was, and is, and is to come. You clothed

Yourself in flesh and dwelt among us, to remove

our sin and clothe us in Your righteousness that

we might dwell with You forever and ever.

With broken, humbled hearts we repent of our

sins. Confessing to You our faithlessness,

prayerlessness, and disobedience. Forgive us for

our doubt, our prideful and quarrelsome words

that reveal our unclean hearts. Cleanse us and

renew a right and steadfast spirit within us we

pray.

With grateful hearts we thank You fervently for

the blessings in our life and throughout

America; they are more than we are able to

count. We will remember Your grace and testify

to Your goodness in all generations. Help us to

refrain from complaining, but instead be

prompted to pray faithfully in every

circumstance. Teach us to have a content heart

knowing You are always enough for our every

need.

As the Church we commit to pray and love our

neighbor and nation as You loved us, that our

reputation in this world would be rooted in Your

love. Holy Spirit work and overflow through us

in every prayer, thought, word, and deed. May

our character, conversations, and conduct

reflect the righteousness in which You clothed

us and command us to live.

With an obedient heart we put on the full armor

of God; Your breastplate of righteousness

guards our heart from which flows the springs of

life. We pray fervently for our communities and

country; the people who are in the Church,

Family, Education, Business and Workplace,

Military, Government, Arts, Entertainment and

Media. Every person is Your workmanship,

fearfully and wonderfully created and loved.

With hopeful hearts we pray that all would

choose to receive Your love and follow You. We

pray that America would confess, “Jesus is

Lord” and reflect Your righteousness in every

sphere of influence, and every aspect of our

lives. We ask that heavenly hope would flood

our hearts, silence hate, and that You will heal

our land.

Believing You; all You are, all You said, and all

You have promised, we pray fervently in

righteousness and avail much. In Jesus Name

we pray, Amen!

Kathy Branzell

President, National Day of Prayer Task Force

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April Board Prayer

All hail King Jesus.

All hail the Lord of Heaven and Earth.

All hail the Savior of the world. 

Because You created us, 

Because You are almighty in power, 

Because your love is infinite,

We praise You!

God, You told us through Paul in II Corinthians 5 that through your conquering death, You also conquered our slavery to our flesh – the life we lived serving ourselves; and through your resurrection, we have a new life in You. We live in the Spirit now, and are controlled by the love of Christ. 

You’ve given us the task of sharing words to the world – we speak on your behalf as your ambassadors, and the message You’ve entrusted us with is that the King of kings has provided a way of reconciliation to Himself for the world. 

You give us your strength for this task, and to make it even sweeter – You’ve given us the dearest people to share your good news with … children. 

Oh the honor it is to be your ambassador to these students and their families!

Holy God, help us to represent You in truth. Please give us the humility and strength to exchange our desires for yours and to recognize You as sovereign over every detail of this school and our lives. 

You say to ‘be still and know that You are God.’ Being still means: not fretting, complaining, being anxious, or boasting. Rather, to know You as God, to see You as You really are, will rightfully stop us in our tracks and cause us to be immobile. 

God, we seek to serve You and follow You as our King. Please make us bolder about sharing your name and good news. This is the task You’ve given us – with the promise to make us more like Christ along the way. And at the end, we will join with the angels proclaiming your name:

All hail King Jesus!

Please come soon. 

Until then, please shine blindingly brightly out of us and out of this school. Let all who come here have soft hearts and trust You and cling to You as Savior of the world. 

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by: Danette Miller, SCA Vice Chairwoman

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Cursive and Why We Teach It

Cursive is a form of handwriting in which letters are connected together in a flowing style. While it has become less common in recent years due to the rise of digital communication, it is still taught in many schools, including those that follow the classical Christian education model.

One reason cursive is taught in classical Christian education is that it is part of the tradition of Western civilization. For many centuries, cursive was the standard form of handwriting, and it is still used in many important documents such as legal contracts and historical manuscripts. By teaching cursive, students are exposed to this important part of their cultural heritage.

Another reason cursive is taught is that it can improve cognitive and motor skills. Learning cursive requires more fine motor control than printing, as the letters must be connected in a smooth and continuous motion. This can help students develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, which can have benefits beyond writing.

In addition, some proponents of classical Christian education argue that cursive can aid in the development of students’ spiritual and moral lives. They suggest that the physical act of writing in cursive can help students slow down and reflect on what they are writing, leading to a deeper engagement with their own thoughts and ideas.

Overall, while the reasons for teaching cursive in classical Christian education may vary, it is often seen as a valuable tradition that can help students develop important skills and connect with their cultural heritage.

Written by: SCA Journal Committee

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March Board Meeting Prayer

O Lord,

We’re so thankful today. This time of year, we’re moving from darkness to light, and from dormant to vibrant life. It’s so good to see the sunshine! We’re also considering your death and anticipating the celebration of your resurrection. Keep us in wonder and increase our understanding of what you have done. It’s all that matters, yet it’s so easy to forget. Thank you for all of the evidence of your steadfast love. Please keep us in your love. 

Thank you for being our good Shepherd and guiding us. Help us to follow you and to be good shepherds to our kids and to the families at this school. Let your love overflow from us in this work. Your will be done. Your name be honored. 

And I’m going to borrow a prayer that was written nearly 1000 years ago but that I heard only recently from our first grade class. I ask these same requests for us as leaders of this school, Lord.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen

Written by: Danette Miller, SCA Vice Chairwoman

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High School at Summit Classical Academy

Written by: Danette Miller, Vice Chairwoman SCA

The following is the introduction to a sermon given by C.H. Spurgeon in Southwark, England, on January 7, 1855: 

“It has been said by someone that “the proper study of mankind is man.” I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Chirstian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.

There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subjects we can compass and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go our way with the thought, “Behold I am wise.” But when we come to this master science, finding that our plumbline cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought that vain man would be wise, but he is like a wild ass’s colt; and with solemn exclamation, “I am but of yesterday, and know nothing,” No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God….

But while the subject humbles the mind, it also expands it. He who often thinks of God, will have a larger mind than the man who simply plods around this narrow globe…. The most excellent study for expanding the soul, is the science of Christ, and Him crucified, and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity. Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the Deity.

And, whilst humbling and expanding, this subject is eminently consolatory. Oh, there is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound; in musing on the Father, there is a quietus for every grief; and in the influence of the Holy Ghost, there is a balsam for every sore. Would you lose your sorrow? Would you drown your cares? Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in his immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead. It is that subject that I invite you to this morning. “

Spurgeon gave this sermon when he was only twenty years old. I pray that my son has this kind of heart after God, and that, as a young adult, he is capable of articulating his beliefs this well. It is possible. 

As we’re preparing for our children to enter high school, while simultaneously preparing a high school for them to enter, I, as a mother and board member, need to review a few certain truths: 

I’m either pursuing God, or I’m not. 

I either love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, above all else, or I don’t. 

Running after knowledge, success, or happiness is vanity – a chase after the wind which will never satisfy. The pursuit of these things is also a disorder of loves. Seeking God’s face, seeking to know Him, is the only path to satisfaction. Pursuing anything other than God is veering off His path. It is, as Romans says, exchanging the truth of God for a lie, and worshiping and serving created things rather than the creator. (Romans 1:25)

Our heart’s desire is to know God. Our heart’s desire for our children is that they know God, that God’s face shines upon them. 

This is the mission of SCA in the grammar and logic stages, and this will be the mission of the rhetoric phase in high school. The pursuit of knowing God is the sole reason this high school will exist. Joshua charged the Israelites to cling to the Lord (23:8), and we are given the same charge. SCA will cling to God, to knowing Him through obedience, prayer, and education. If we loosen our grip on that or try to simultaneously cling to something else, then we ought not exist. 

There are many schools that chase after many things. SCA is running after one thing – “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15). Our mission is simple: that we seek to know the LORD our God. We want our children to know the truth, depth, and vastness of God and of His love for them. Then we want them to go live as loved as they are. 

This school is established to be an outpost of the Kingdom of Heaven. Our work here is to train Warriors in the way of the LORD and to pray for every student, teacher, and family within the body of Christ :

“The LORD bless you and keep you;

the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;

the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26

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