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Philosophy

Agathos Classical School acknowledges the following order of priorities in our school :

  • God
  • Family
  • Academics
  • Athletics

When this order is followed, it gives student-athletes the opportunity to be balanced spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Agathos Athletics help fulfill the mission of the school by teaching Christianity expressed through three core values:

Character
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Gal 5:22 – 23

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Rom 5:3-4

“Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he completes according to the rules. ” II Tim 2:5

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” I Cor 16:13

Commitment
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Col 3:23

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it a slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” I Cor 9:24-27

“He who gathers crops in the summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.” Prov 10:5

Community

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers… let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16, 18

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11

Athletics, rightly understood as an integral part of education, compliments our greater mission at Agathos. Lessons of commitment. teamwork and overcoming adversity are advanced on the courts and the fields of competition. It is in the midst of “running to win the prize” that our student-athletes experience great life lessons. These lessons go beyond the x’s and o’s and into the heart of each one as they develop a love for Christ and service to those around them.

Along the way, our programs also provide wonderful opportunities to strengthen the larger community of Agathos. Relationships built on the sidelines provide cohesiveness among our parents as they support their children. Parents’ enthusiastic participation is important as we continue to seek to honor God through our athletic program.

Mock Trial

Mock Trial Champions! The Agathos Classical School Mock Trial Program, in its fourth year of existence, finished the 2018–2019 season by winning the National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 17-18, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. It was the pinnacle of regional, state, and national competitive elimination in a grueling, 5-trial, power-paired contest featuring the champions of 46 states and territories. In 2018 and 2019, the program achieved back-to-back Tennessee State Championships, finishing undefeated and third in the nation at last year’s national tournament in Reno, Nevada.

What led to such an amazing debut and increasing success? The students were smart and hardworking, and yet so were their opponents. They receive excellent coaching from local attorneys Jason Whatley and Cory Ricci, but they weren’t the only team to benefit from strong coaching. We know they were not the only team who sought God’s blessing and strove to glorify Him in their efforts.

How they were educated, however, for years preceding their Mock Trial participation, differed distinctly from others. Classical education trains students to acquire facts, analyze them logically, and communicate eloquently. Students think on their feet during Socratic questioning and express their views in class discussions. They practice rhetorical skills in writing and debates, and hone their presentation skills in speech class.

Rather than being taught what to think, they are taught how to think. Such preparation certainly contributes to the team’s performance. But ultimately, we give all glory to God, who gives life, ability, and the opportunity to compete.

Protocol

Good manners show others that we care about them. Etiquette can be defined as “love in the details.” In addition to esteeming others, we study protocol because good manners will open doors that the best education alone cannot.

Students learn practical ways to show honor and esteem, prevent embarrassment, and glorify God in their relations with others. Topics covered include: Introductions, Manners at Home, Sportsmanship, Humor, Thank You Notes, Being a Gracious Host and a Welcome Guest, Table Manners, Conversation, Escorting, Dressing Appropriately for the Occasion, Business Etiquette and Dining, Interviewing, and Workplace Relations.

Travel

Eighth graders travel to Washington, D.C. for a week to visit important historical and civic sites. This deepens their appreciation of United States rolex day date m128235 0052 de los hombres 36mm tono oro rosa history and the uncommon blessings of freedom that our country has enjoyed for more than two hundred years.

Eleventh and twelfth graders traveled to Italy (pre-COVID) and Williamsburg (2021) to tour places they have studied at Agathos. Parents are welcome to join their students on trips and many do.

Clubs

Clubs offer opportunities to explore interests outside of core curriculum. Clubs vary from year to year depending upon interest and Advisors. 2021-22 offerings included Chess, Mock Trial, & Needlework. Past offerings have included Robotics (a competitive team), Culinary, Improv, Rocketry, Aviation, Southern Literature, Yearbook, Literary Journal, Illuminated Lettering, and Investment Club.

House System

The house system is a traditional feature of schools in the English-speaking world, originating in England. Agathos’ houses are named after the gospels (Mattaeus, Marcus, Lucas, Johannes) plus Peter and Paul (Petrus, Paulus) comprised of all students in grades 7-12. Each house bears its own motto, logo, and colors.

Agathos’ House System encourages friendships between grades and creates opportunities for inclusion, service, mentoring, and leadership. Various competitions provide a focus for loyalty, and allow students to see each individual’s strengths socially, intellectually, physically, and creatively. Students are assigned to houses randomly and remain with that house until graduation. An upperclassmen within each house is appointed to serve a one year term as House Captain.

Art

The Christian Worldview of Art

Art at Agathos

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” -Michelangelo
“Every artist was first an amateur.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” -Wassily Kandinsky
Art can and should be taught to young children initially in the form of basic skills – using the whole page, correctly holding the pencil and brush, studying and practicing perspective, mixing colors, and other universal artistic elements. At Agathos, we seek to train the elementary students in the requisite skills for art and to complete art projects that combine skills and practice with copying from another picture, still life or design.

After these students learn the basic skills and imitate masters (as young apprentice artists have done for centuries in Europe), they are far better prepared to construct their own, unique renderings. As students mature, the program addresses teaching the names and major works of the artistic masters. The students are taught to recognize similarities and differences between artists through evaluating the works themselves and then sorting appropriately. At the same time they continue to imitate a variety of works while seeking to master concepts including proportion, shading, depth, color, contour, balance, and positive and negative space.

Art Goals

We seek to teach all our students the basic fundamentals of drawing to enable them to create adequate renderings.
We seek to encourage the students to appreciate and imitate the beauty of the creation in their own work.
We seek to introduce the students to masters’ works.
We seek to equip the students to knowledgeably use a variety of art media.