Phone: (936)559-7343200 NE Stallings Dr, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
 
 
 
 

Vision of Regents Academy

Vision for a Graduate

We envision that a graduate of the academic program at Regents Academy will embody the following traits.

•    Virtue and mature character

This includes heart-obedience rather than mere rule-following, good manners, honorable relationships, self-control, and Christian leadership. If nothing else, students should live in accordance with Coram Deo—living as though they were in the presence of God at all times.

•    Sound reason and sound faith

We expect students to realize a unified Christian worldview with Scripture as the measure of all Truth. We expect them to exhibit the wisdom to recognize complex issues and to follow the consequences of ideas.

•    Service to others

We expect our graduates to “Love their neighbor” by serving others in their community.  Graduates need to develop an awareness of the many types of needs that others around them have and learn to be like Christ in their willingness to minister to others.

•    A masterful command of language

Because language enables us to know things that are not directly experienced, nothing is more important within Christian education. Without a strong command of language, even Scripture is rendered mute. As people of “the Word,” Christians should be masters of language. Students master vocabulary, grammar, usage, and translation through our study of Latin, English, and Spanish.

•    Well-rounded competence

Educated people are not specialists who know little outside of their field of specialty. Educated people have competence in a variety of areas including fine arts, drama, music, physical activity, history, math, logic, science, and arithmetic. Throughout our program, skills essential for an educated person are introduced and developed.

•    Literacy with broad exposure to books

 

Educated people are well-read and able to discuss and relate to central works of literature,   science, art, architecture, and music.

•    An established aesthetic

Further, educated people have good taste, formed as they are exposed to great aesthetic masterpieces, particularly at a young age.

 

Welcome from the Headmaster

Hello and welcome to the Regents Academy website.  David Bryant, headmaster

I am privileged to serve as the headmaster at a school that treasures Christ as all in all. The education provided at Regents seeks to “take every thought captive for Christ.” We seek to submit ourselves to God’s Word as the sufficient source of truth for all of life and therefore to glorify Him in all things.

Regents Academy is a growing community of families that have partnered together to provide their children with a rich and challenging classical Christian education. It is rooted in the Great Tradition of the West, which has passed down a robust, enduring educational tradition. The ancients sought the cultivation of wisdom and virtue as the highest aim of education. Simply acquiring knowledge for utilitarian purposes was not enough. They believed, as we do, that education is not ultimately about making money, going to college, or producing goods. It is fundamentally about who we become.

Therefore, depending on God's grace, Regents Academy is committed to training students to become wise and godly leaders who are equipped to engage the world with a solid biblical foundation and the tools of learning. We do this by employing a challenging curriculum that includes the Great Books of the Western tradition, in-depth study of Latin, rich science and math programs, and a focus on beauty and the arts. We aim to teach everything with Christ at the center, revealing Him as the one in whom all things cohere and in whom all things find their true meaning. Our teachers are godly men and women who love their students and who flesh out the truths they teach day by day.

I invite you to explore our site and learn more about our vision of education. May God give you wisdom and grace as you seek to raise your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord so that Christ may be glorified in all.

Grace and peace to you,

David G. Bryant

   

Mission Statement

Regents Academy is an independent, board-run private Christian and classical school in Nacogdoches, Texas, that is dedicated to excellence in all things under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The school is guided by its mission statement, which describes its basic purpose:

Regents Academy, as a Christian ministry to families, provides a Christian and Classical education that trains students to view all areas of life and faith from a Christian worldview and equips students to lead lives of virtue, display mature character, love learning, and serve the Triune God.

 

   

Educational Philosophy

teacher teaching class 1.    The philosophy of education of Regents Academy is founded on the Bible which is accepted as the authoritative, infallible Word of God for all areas of faith and life. The Scriptures declare the existence of the Triune God, the creation and providential control of the universe by God through Jesus Christ, and God’s creation of man in His own image.

2.    As Creator and Sustainer of the universe, God has not only established all facts, but also the meaning of all facts.  All truth is God’s truth.  The goal of true education is to find the true relationship between both God and man and God and all of the particular details of the universe.  To be known truly, all subjects must be studied in the light of God’s Word. All truth is ultimately religious, and all education must be conducted in light of God’s perspective on the subject.  To assume that any area of knowledge can be known truly apart from God’s revelation of Himself is to undermine the foundations of all knowledge.

3.    Man bears the image of God; therefore, he stands above the rest of creation in his unique capacity to know and respond to God personally, to glorify Him, and to exercise dominion over the created order.  Man is a sinner by nature and choice.  As a result, he cannot know or honor God except by submitting his mind and will to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Being restored in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness in Christ, redeemed man can then obey God’s will.  The philosophy of education of Regents Academy presupposes this submission of mind and will as the foundation of all true knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.  This philosophy of education further maintains that to attempt to understand the universe apart from Scripture will naturally lead many to fail to comprehend reality.

4.    As a Christian school, Regents Academy is committed to the classical model of education.  The classical model of education involves both the educational method as well as content of the academic studies.  This method conducts students through the stages of grammar, logic, and rhetoric in all subject areas.  Collectively, these three stages have been called the Trivium. Grammar, logic, and rhetoric correspond to the Biblical concepts of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. The grammar of a subject consists of the fundamental rules and details of that subject.  The logic of a subject focuses upon the ordered relationship in each subject; that is, the understanding of how the facts and details are related.  At the rhetoric stage of learning, the student should be able to present a clear expression of the grammar and logic of the subject; that is, he should be able to talk, write, and think intelligently about the subject.  In terms of content, Regents Academy requires the study of theology, logic, rhetoric, Latin, literature, history, and the higher mathematics and sciences.

5.    Regents Academy recognizes that Scripture grants the responsibility and authority of educating children to parents.  The Christian school operates in loco parentis, that is, in the place of the parents; therefore, Regents Academy exists as an agency to assist parents in fulfilling their duties.  The Christian school’s role supports the ministry of churches by maintaining sound doctrine and by equipping students with the intellectual skills necessary for understanding doctrine and for vocational development.

student at whiteboard and smiles6.    In order that the student may fulfill God’s total purpose for his life, personally and vocationally, the education process is a means used by the Holy Spirit to do the following:

a.    Bring the student into fellowship with God;
b.    Advance the student in spiritual maturity;
c.    Assist the student in developing an analytical Christian mind;
d.    Enable the student to think God’s thoughts after Him;
e.    Help the student achieve Christ-like character qualities.

7.  Definitions:

a.    Trivium:  A three-part program for education dating back to the Middle Ages, with roots in the Greek and Roman civilizations.  It consists of grammar, logic, and rhetoric (defined below); the Trivium was “rediscovered” by Dorothy Sayers in her article “The Lost Tools of Learning.”
b.    Grammar:  The fundamental rules and particulars (i.e., facts or details) of each subject.  In Biblical terminology, this corresponds to what is often called “knowledge.”
c.    Logic:  The ordered relationship of particulars in each subject, that is, understanding how the facts and details are related and how they fit together.  The Biblical term for the logic stage is “understanding.”
d.    Rhetoric:  The clear expression of the grammar and logic of each subject, which means that the student should be able to talk, write, and think intelligently about a subject.  The Biblical term for rhetoric is “wisdom.”

8.     Latin at Regents Academy

For several decades the teaching of Latin was an integral part of any good academic training. Consequently, the instruction in Latin at Regents Academy should need no explanation or defense. However, like many traditional particulars of good education lost in the name of "modern" or "progressive" education, Latin's advantages have been neglected and forgotten by a couple of generations. Latin was regularly taught even in American high schools as late as the 1940s. It was considered necessary to a fundamental understanding of English, the history and writings of Western Civilization, and the understanding of Romance languages.

Regents Academy teaches Latin, therefore, for two major reasons:

a.    Latin is not a "dead language,” but rather a language that lives on in almost all major western languages, including English. Training in Latin not only gives the student a better understanding of the roots of English vocabulary, it also lays the foundation for learning other Latin-based languages.
b.    Learning the grammar of Latin reinforces the student's understanding of the reasons for, and the use of, the parts of speech being taught in our traditional English class work, e.g. plurals, nouns, verbs, prepositions, direct objects, tenses, etc.


The Latin Program consists of the following basic objectives:

Third Grade (1st Year):    Basic vocabulary, declensions, conjugations, simple grammar, and sentence patterns
Fourth Grade (2nd Year):   More vocabulary, further declensions, chants of endings.
Fifth Grade (3rd Year):    More vocabulary, beginning grammar work, further verbs, simple sentences
Sixth Grade (4th Year):    More vocabulary, foundational translation work, key grammar
Seventh Grade (5th Year):    Translation work, grammar, writing of sentences, stories, Classical background
Eighth Grade (6th Year):    Completing complex grammar, translations work, idioms, vocabulary
Ninth Grade (7th Year):    Translating original texts, understand setting, context and complex grammar

   

Statement of Faith

The following is the foundation of beliefs on which Regents Academy is based.  These are also the key elements of Christianity that will be taught without compromise or apology in all subjects through all grade levels. The substance of these statements is designated as primary doctrine in Regents Academy.

a.    We believe the Bible to be the only inerrant, authoritative Word of God.

b.    We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.

c.    We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

d.    We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.

e.    We believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone.

f.    We believe that faith without works is dead.

g.    We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

h.    We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation.

i.    We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

j.     We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person male or female. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term marriage has only one meaning: the union of one man and one woman in a single exclusive lifelong relationship, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other.

Secondary or divisive doctrines and issues will not be presented as primary doctrine.  When these types of doctrine or issues arise, they will be referred back to the family and local churches for final authority. Secondary doctrine refers to doctrinal issues which are not addressed in the Regents Academy statement of faith. Classroom discussion of secondary doctrine should be on an informative, nonpartisan level. Teachers must be careful not to speak to the students in a manner that would cause offense to the parents. Presentation of all sides of an issue is encouraged. The teacher should encourage the students to follow up any questions they have with their parents and pastor.

This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of Regents Academy’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, decision making authority concerning the application of Scripture shall be vested in the school’s board.

The school board is committed to fostering a school culture marked by biblical love and holiness, and providing a biblical role model for the staff, students, and families of Regents Academy and the community. Therefore, these standards will impact our decisions for the ministry of Regents Academy, including, but not limited to, facility use, the hiring and retention of staff and volunteers, and the evaluation of current and prospective students being admitted into or retained in Regents Academy.