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.


Written by: Danette Miller, SCA Vice Chairwoman

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

The Benefits of a Classical Christian Education

Classical Christian education is an approach to education that combines the wisdom of the classical education model with a Christian worldview. This method of education emphasizes the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty and is rooted in the belief that God is the source of all knowledge and wisdom. In this blog post, we will explore some of the benefits of classical Christian education.

Fosters a Love of Learning

  1. Classical Christian education emphasizes the love of learning. Students are taught to value knowledge for its own sake and to approach their studies with curiosity and enthusiasm. They learn how to ask questions, seek answers, and engage with ideas in a way that inspires a lifelong love of learning.

Emphasizes Character Formation

  1. Classical Christian education emphasizes virtue. Students are taught to embrace the character of Christ such as integrity, courage, humility, and gratitude. They learn to recognize their responsibilities to God, family, and society and to act accordingly. This emphasis on character development produces well-rounded individuals who are equipped to lead fulfilling lives and contribute positively to society.

Encourages Critical Thinking

  1. Classical Christian education encourages critical thinking. Students are taught to engage with ideas in a rigorous and analytical way. They learn how to identify fallacies, weigh evidence, and construct logical arguments. This emphasis on critical thinking produces individuals who are able to make informed decisions, communicate effectively, and think creatively.

Provides a Rich Cultural Heritage

  1. Classical Christian education provides a rich cultural heritage. Students study the great works of literature, art, music, and philosophy from the Western tradition. They learn about the historical figures who have shaped our world and the ideas that have shaped our culture. This exposure to the cultural heritage of the West provides students with a deep appreciation for the achievements of the past and an understanding of their own place in the world.

Integrates Faith and Learning

  1. Classical Christian education integrates faith and learning. Students are taught to see the world through the lens of a Christian worldview. They learn how to apply biblical principles to all areas of their lives, including their studies. This integration of faith and learning provides students with a coherent and meaningful framework for understanding the world around them.

These benefits produce well-rounded individuals who are equipped to lead fulfilling lives and contribute positively to society. If you are considering an education for your child or for yourself, classical Christian education is a model that is definitely worth exploring.   Additionally, we have The Good Soil report that shows significant differences for alumni of classical Christian Schools. ACCS students are more prepared academically, more traditional in their views, think more independently, and are more influential than those from other school backgrounds. To learn more about CCE and the seven life outcomes of ACCS alumni visit

Running Towards God


According to the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS), “Classical Christian education nurtures the next generation of believers to live a life transformed by a deeper love of Christ, His universe, His people, and His way.” 

Because we are His people, and God loves us, we are called to be good stewards of what he has given us–including our physical bodies. This is why Physical Education is an integral part of our curriculum at Summit Classical Academy; and beyond our PE curriculum, we endeavor to develop a robust and competitive Warrior Athletics program and we’re off to an incredible start!

The SCA Athletics Committee formed three 2022 summer sports clubs—basketball, soccer, and volleyball—and to begin our 2022-23 school year we hit the ground running (pun intended) by offering our students an opportunity to join a Running Club. Warriors committed to 3 practices a week, after school, for four weeks. Not only did we practice but we fixed our eyes on a goal—a local 5K (3.1 miles) in the community which many of our students, and their families, participated in. But, before I reveal the details of that momentous day, let’s briefly explore what it means to be a warrior.

What comes to mind when you think of a warrior? I envision gladiators in the coliseum, Navy Seals jumping out of planes, and steadfast mothers grocery shopping with a tantruming toddler!

A warrior is defined as a person who is engaged or experienced in warfare. I have never lived in a real war zone but given the painful realities that surround us and the personal suffering that we experience, it makes sense that we’re actually all warriors. The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Ephesians, and us, commanding us to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Eph. 6:11) I guess a better question than the former, 

since we are all warriors called by God, would be am I the warrior that God has called me to be? Are you? And are we enabling and equipping our children to live as warriors in every area of their lives? 

Living with humility, integrity, joy, excellence, hope, courage, and love (hello, SCA Warriors’ Creed) is a good place to begin. However, these attributes don’t just manifest in us because we chant the creed or pray a prayer. The Christ-like qualities we seek and the warrior-armor we hope to put on, for ourselves and our children, is a beautiful and often uncomfortable process of becoming the kind of people God calls us to be.

At Summit Classical Academy we have a common goal of forging fierce warriors. We are not merely preparing children for the workforce, or college, or to get an athletic scholarship–although these are incredible and worthwhile goals. Our top priority is forging Bellatores Dei – Latin for God’s Warriors – because if we have forged the hearts, minds, souls and strength of our students in a way that enables them to be a warrior in any situation, in any career, with any group of people, anywhere on the planet–all for the Glory of God–then we have done Kingdom work.

Running for our physical health demands practice, repetition, perseverance, and if we’re getting real here—sometimes blood, sweat and actual tears! Running is a sport that requires little talent, but an incredible degree of tenacity,  and fortitude. Warriors are forged in a similar manner which is why we are providing opportunities for our young warriors to develop a sound mind and a sound body. The Roman poet Juvenal coined the famous phrase, “Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano” – Latin for “You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body.”

Juvenal was right, we should pray, but we also need to take action and our running club warriors did just that. Every practice consisted of a warm up—lunges, squats, push-ups, jumping jacks, and other dynamic movements—followed by distance running, games to work on speed and agility, and finally, stretching. Our volunteer coaches (Coach Winterringer and Coach Lyon) saw remarkable improvements over the four weeks. Students met their distance goals for practice and most times would push beyond their goals and “go the extra mile” with their teammates. Warriors pushed through physical discomfort to complete laps and when they finished would stand along the course and cheer on others with high fives and words of encouragement. Endurance improved markedly for students, so much so that Summit’s PE teacher, Mrs. Wrapp noticed that running club participants had an edge during PE class.

Running may look easy but anyone who has done much of it can attest to the challenging nature of the sport. It’s monotonous, breathing can be a challenge, discomfort in the joints and muscles is guaranteed, and yet to truly transform you must stay on course and put one foot in front of the other. This sounds a little like life, doesn’t it?

Practice after practice, runners showed up. We may have changed the games up or the teams, but we set our minds on the prize and we ran. Our practices were repetitive, yet fun. They were uncomfortable, yet fruitful. There were some complaints, but there was also growth.

Race day came and nearly half of our warriors–and many parents–were able to participate in the Anthem Classic 5K. We had students as young as 6 years old and as old as 12 years old train for,  run, and finish the 3.1 mile run. We were physically connected with God’s creation as our feet pounded pavement, gravel and dirt trails, our eyes caught the magnificence of the mountains in the distance and the very breath that He gave us fueled us with the oxygen we needed to start and finish the race. I think I could end here and we would well know the importance of training physically to achieve a goal and the warrior mindset that is needed to keep pushing but there is a cherry on top.

Our young warriors made their way to the starting line sporting their “Warrior Athletics” t-shirts and were the first out of the gate when the gun sounded. Some students sprinted, some jogged, some walked portions but every runner modeled impressive resilience and physical fortitude as they all finished the race. Notably, we had warriors earn 1st place in the “Male 9 and Under” division (as well as a 4th, 6th and 7th finish), 4th in the “Male 10-14” division, and 2nd and 3rd place in the “Female 10-14 division.” Students that finished in the top three earned medals and stood on the podium with a smile on their face and sweat on their brow.

As each member of our team finished, they immediately ran back to the course lining the street and cheered on every runner that approached the end of their race. Not only did we witness impressive times and strong performances , we got to see the healthy hearts and minds of our warriors on display.

After the dust settled and we came down off our runner’s high we heard, overwhelmingly, that parents were pleased with the running club, and moreover, our young warriors loved the challenge. Not only were our bodies well prepared for the task, but our minds were stronger, and our hearts were full.

At Summit Classical Academy we are dedicated to the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical lives of our students and our families. As a parent, I’m grateful for the day-to-day classical  Christian approach in the classroom where Jesus’ name is above all names and He is the focus of all we do. As a Coach and fitness enthusiast, I find it refreshing that our school places a high value on the importance of physical health, sportsmanship, and competition.

God has made us all unique and we – adults and children alike – have talents and gifts that abound. But at our core, we are a people called to fight the good fight. We are a people called by God to be a good neighbor and love others as He first loved us. In a lot of situations that takes incredible courage and faith but if we have prepared, if we have put the work in and if we have prayed, God will strengthen us and bellatores dei will be transformed into His likeness.

Onward to a healthy mind in a healthy body, Warriors.

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16

Written by: Jessica Lyon

Saddle Up for Summit Fundraiser

Our fundraising committee is preparing for an end-of-the-school-year fundraiser. This will be a means of celebrating what God has done in our second year, letting others know the good work that is being accomplished at SCA, and looking forward to the growth and excitement of our third year. More information about this special event will be available next week. If you would enjoy being part of our fundraising team, please contact Teresa Fraser. If you know of people who would be interested in financially supporting what we are doing at Summit, please contact the SCA Board so that we can personally invite them to attend.

Growing in Thankfulness – Second Annual Virtual Fundraiser

Dear Friends and Family,

Summit Classical Academy is in its second year. We have grown from 18 to 53 students, and they are being led by a team of the world’s best teachers. This is no ordinary school. From what we teach to why we teach, we are counter-cultural and extraordinary. 

First and foremost, our students are learning from the Bible. The Word of God is the foundation of our education and the lens through which all other subjects are viewed. It is not just an additional subject tacked on to our school day. Our students learn, meditate on, and memorize God’s Word so that it might shape their loves, their hopes, and their imaginations. God is active in our lives by his Spirit and through his Word. Studying scripture turns students’ minds and hearts toward God, that they may know fellowship with Him. 

Our students read rich literature, training them through the experiences of characters to relate to others and to the world around them.

They learn history, without which no one can understand the cost of discipleship or truly appreciate political freedom. 

This school is a training ground to mentally and spiritually prepare these students for the challenges of life, the sorrows they will endure, and the hard questions they will ask and be asked. We are sure that our children will have to do really hard things. As parents and teachers, we are doing our best to strengthen them before they get into battle. We train soldiers in training camps, not on the battlefield. This is precious time to give our children a firm foundation. By educating our children in the good, the true, and the beautiful, we help their minds to form a love of the right things and to love those things in the proper order. Through education, we are forging fierce warriors. 

This school has grown, but not by the efforts of the leadership. We are no more capable of making this succeed than we are of making a tree grow up from the ground and bear fruit. The seed of this school was planted, and we are honored that God chose to use our hands for the planting, but it is God who provides the increase, and God who is using many other hands to care for, nurture, and water.

We are growing, and we are so thankful to our Father in heaven (the Master Gardener) and to all of those who support this work. 

With our sincerest love and thanks,

Danette Miller, on behalf of the SCA Board of Directors

ACCS Polluting the Shadows

The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs. Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not pretend there is no danger. Train them. Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter. Make them dangerous. Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, they will pollute the shadows.

– N.D. Wilson

Classical Christian Education

Saddle Up for Summit Fundraiser Event

Our fundraising committee is preparing for an end-of-the-school-year fundraiser. This will be a means of celebrating what God has done in our first year, letting others know the good work that is being accomplished at SCA, and looking forward to the growth and excitement of our second year. More information about this special event will be available next week. If you would enjoy being part of our fundraising team, please contact Teresa Fraser. If you know of people who would be interested in financially supporting what we are doing at Summit, please contact the SCA Board so that we can personally invite them to attend.