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About Wittenberg Academy

Wittenberg Academy is a fully accredited institution that serves families or schools on a part time or full time basis. Our faculty teach courses for sixth through twelfth grade and our grammar school curriculum serves families or schools with scholars in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Liberal Arts + Catechesis = Classical Lutheran Education

Why Classical?

The objective of education should be directed toward citizenship in two kingdoms: Catechesis to stay alive in the battle against the devil, the world, and our sinful nature and the Liberal Arts to be of some earthly good to our neighbor. A classical Lutheran education is truly an education from conception to grave and is an education for all people.

LIBERAL ARTS

We need the Liberal Arts to distinguish God’s voice from the devil’s and to equip ourselves to rightly be a good stewards of all resources and serve God through our neighbor. The classical Liberal Arts are distinguished thus:

ARTS OF LANGUAGE

Grammar: Grammar provides the basics of language. It is the “What” upon which everything else is built. We learn the language of the Church through our liturgy and hymnody. Memorizing facts testifies that there is Truth.

Logic: Logic teaches analysis of language. It provides the “Why” used in analytical thinking, discernment, and argumentation. With Logic, the case is made for sense as opposed to nonsense.

Rhetoric: Rhetoric teaches use of language. God has chosen language to accomplish His saving work in us. It only stands to reason, then, that proper use of language is a vital skill. It is the aim of rhetoric to teach use of language that correctly signifies, identifies, and conceptualizes that which has come before, but in a new way.

ARTS OF MATHEMATICS

Arithmetic: Number
Geometry: Number in Space
Music: Number in Time
Astronomy: Number in Time and Space

CATECHESIS

In catechesis, we are properly equipped to live the life of faith as citizens of the heavenly kingdom. Catechesis has a central element of spiritual warfare- this side of heaven, we are members of the church militant. We have been given weapons in this grave and vital battle: The Bible, the hymnal, and the Catechism, which also branches out to include the Confessions. 

Why Online?

While an education is valuable in and of itself, there are certain benefits to online learning that are worth noting.

ACCESSIBLE

The goal of a classical Lutheran education is, in so few words, to educate children for life in this world and the next: catechesis to stay alive, liberal arts to be of some earthly good: the Liberal Arts plus catechesis for the benefit of Church and Society.

In Luther’s day, the printing press aided the Reformers in disseminating Truth to the masses. Yet, the printing press was not the only tool. The context of the Reformation also included a majority of people who were illiterate or semi-literate. The printing press was still of benefit, however, as it provided written materials to readers and preachers.

In our day, the Internet serves as a tool to disseminate Truth to the masses. Just as the printing press only indirectly benefitted everyone due to illiteracy, so also, does the Internet benefit everyone, even if indirectly. Thanks to the Digital Age, we have direct access to resources never before accessible to the layman outside of brick and mortar archives. These resources allow teachers and students of all ages alike to read, mark, and inwardly digest original sources, rich literature, and the languages of the Church. Regardless of geography, students have access to unabashedly Lutheran education at all ages. A teacher in one location can teach a class made up of students from various locales around the world.

At Wittenberg Academy, we pursue the good, the true, and the beautiful because we value those things which endure. In keeping with this philosophy, we highly recommend that students use printed books and readings as much as possible. Our instructors supply information so that families may purchase necessary books or print off copies of readings. At the same time, we recognize the financial sacrifices that many families already make to provide an excellent education for their children. For this reason, we also offer options for using web or other electronic copies of readings, most of which are available free of charge. Since the choice to use print, electronic, or combined means for readings will not limit a student’s participation in classes, each family may utilize the option deemed best-suited for them.

ECONOMICAL

A teacher in one location teaching students around the world also affords economic benefits that can be enjoyed by families. Likewise, not having a brick and mortar location yields fiscal advantages. An online education is abstemious. Yet, the resources available at little or no cost are, in most cases, priceless. Technology also allows students that would otherwise have no access to certain resources due to geography or financial limitations to partake in their benefit.

Not all economic benefits are fiscal, however. We hear the phrase “time is money” and such is the case with online education. Online education is expedient. Students can work on assignments when they desire, yet they have the accountability of due-dates.

But where the Holy Scriptures are not the rule, I advise no one to send his child. Everything must perish where God’s Word is not studied unceasingly…”

Martin Luther

Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, 1520

Why Wittenberg Academy?

The way we teach and what we teach are influenced by three things:

BAPTISM 

Each teacher and student is a sinner in need of salvation. We receive salvation through faith, which comes by the Holy Spirit in the waters of Holy Baptism.

VOCATION 

Teachers and students are called by God to love and serve their neighbor. Through vocation we understand the purpose of man and thus our purpose for educating- to prepare students to love and serve their neighbor.

CATECHESIS 

Through catechesis, teachers and students learn who they are—forgiven sinners—and how to live in the faith of their baptism as they love and serve their neighbor.