The American Heritage Dictionary defines philosophy as: A set of ideas or beliefs relating to a particular field or activity; an underlying theory. Additionally, philosophy also means, "Love of Wisdom.”
At The Epiphany School of Global Studies, "Educational Philosophy” is the system of beliefs that underpin the overall academic program at the school, the guiding principles that inform all academic decision-making.
At the heart of our daily teaching and learning is the anchoring tradition of the liberal arts. Despite the unfortunately wide-spread error that limits the "liberal arts” to one study primarily of "the humanities,” at the Epiphany School of Global Studies, we affirm the richer underlying belief that recognizing the liberal arts as embracing the humanities and sciences in fruitful partnerships. It is the integration of specialized fields of study into a bountiful engagement of our shared human adventure that is, in Epiphany’s view, the heart of the matter.
Leadership at The Epiphany School of Global Studies has further, specific beliefs about how best to incorporate the best traditions of liberal arts study throughout the curriculum. The academic program at The Epiphany School of Global Studies, above all, strives to develop in our students the ability to ask the right questions, to think critically, and to allow creativity, curiosity, adaptability, perseverance and motivation to grow in partnership with their education in best tradition of the liberal arts. These skills are at the heart of high quality 21st Century learning.
There is also a heavy emphasis on a fully integrated program of Global Studies that prepares students for the world they will be facing, with further focus on the Humanities; Reading, Writing and Rhetoric; STEM Education Coalition principles, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and SAT preparation as specific areas of importance in our curriculum. While more specific information is given in the Academic Program section of the website, it’s important to understand the concepts that form the educational philosophy behind the entire academic program.