Philosophy


The Cambridge School aims to develop students who are marked by their virtue and intellect; students who love to learn, think clearly, and communicate winsomely and graciously. To accomplish this vision we have adopted, since our founding, the time-tested model of education called “classical Christian education”.

While this educational model existed for over 1500 years in various forms, it fell into decline in the late 1800s due to the rise of industrialization. Over the last 30 years many Christians have discovered the riches of having a rigorous academic course of study married with a robust plan for spiritual formation. The resulting educational renaissance has spawned over 200 like-minded schools across the United States (see www.accsedu.org for more information). This movement continues to grow and The Cambridge School desires to be a leader among like-minded schools in Southern California.

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Philosophy & Distinctives

Distinctly Classical

Cambridge was founded to bring a fully Christian Classical educational experience to San Diego. This time-tested model of education has produced many of the world’s great authors, statesmen, scientists and influencers.

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Distinctly Christian

As a Christian classical school, we approach the educational endeavor with a robust view of humanity, the history of ideas, and the impact an intentional education can have on students, families, and the broader community.

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Fully Integrated

As students get older, scaffolded concepts are built upon and nuanced while we work against a compartmentalized view of truth. Students daily engage with a host of interconnected ideas across the curriculum to prepare them for the complexity of discourse beyond the walls of our school.

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"Living Curriculum" Teachers

Our teachers search for the best in students. They see healthy relationships with students as foundational to having meaningful influence. They believe in creating a nurturing environment, a place where every student has the opportunity to flourish. Our qualified faculty delight in knowing your students as well as they know their subjects.

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Embodied Learning

Committed to a robust anthropology, Cambridge endeavors to teach the whole student through embodied learning experiences and a sensitivity for the complexity of human nature: its dignity as well as its frailty. While we pursue academics vigorously, we recognize that people are more than their knowledge, and we intentionally concern ourselves with the maturation of character. Learning isn’t merely about the what, but also about the who.

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Differently Oriented

Our Portrait of the Graduate is a sketch of the main characteristics that our Board, administration, and faculty hope to cultivate in the students we graduate from our school and it informs all that we hope to accomplish as Christian educators, as an institution, and as a community of faith and learning, giving focus to all that we do whether in Kindergarten or 12th grade.

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The Mission The Cambridge School

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The Cambridge School seeks to provide a distinctly Christian education in the classical tradition which equips students to know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and beautiful and thus prepares them to live purposefully and intelligently in service of God and neighbor.

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