The Liberal Arts
Their Intrinsic Value
First, it has intrinsic value. It prepares the whole person for all of life. It teaches not just “what” to think, but also “how” to think. And it does so throughout multiple disciplines. As such, the students’ minds are ready to think well in any situation. Pacifica students first learn subjects broadly and then study more deeply the disciplines they love most. Our goal, however, is not only to teach students to think well, but to live well. Thus, the liberal arts are introduced in the midst of a thriving community of students and teacher-mentors.
And, Practical Benefits
Beyond its intrinsic value, a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences education from Pacifica also offers several practical benefits. Having been properly trained, graduates will, over their lifetimes, be well positioned for faithful service at home, at church, in the marketplace, and in the wider world. A Christ-centered liberal arts education offers numerous benefits a generalized or technical training cannot, such as:
Highly marketable skills and leadership traits that perennially lead the list for prospective colleges and employers. Pacifica graduates exhibit innovative and collaborative problem-solving, critical thinking, persuasive oral communication, effective expository writing, and can read analytically. Read more about why liberal arts graduates are in demand in today’s marketplace as described by the President of Oregon State University in the Huffington Post, as well as the President of Smith College in the American Council on Education.
A strong foundation in moral virtue and ethical reasoning that builds character, fosters integrity, strengthens relationships, promotes stewardship, and earns respect in society. Learn about how virtue and ethical reasoning are cultivated through a liberal arts education as explained in the Washington Post.
A breadth of preparation giving graduates the versatility to excel in a wide variety of callings over a lifetime of work and ministry. It is worth noting that many of the jobs today’s students will have, because of technological innovation, have not even been invented yet! Read more about the breadth of preparation provided by the liberal arts as described by a columnist from the Washington Post. Or, why the marketplace needs more STEM majors with liberal arts training by associate professor of chemistry at Rhodes College in Memphis.
Whole-person development enabling graduates to live more meaningful lives and maximize their God-given talents. This creates exceptional leaders who think and live well at home, at church, in the marketplace, and in the wider world. View a study that traces characteristics of a successful life to a liberal arts education.
Superior academic preparation that equips students to flourish on the college campus, in and out of the classroom. Pacifica teachers are content experts in their fields, as well as experienced classroom instructors. Pacifica offers a comprehensive academic program with a high degree of personal support. Pacifica students are challenged and encouraged to be their best, supported in that effort by a caring and competent faculty and staff.
Hear from our students
At Pacifica, all the lessons, the tests, and the essays are splotches of paint in a bigger picture. Every class discussion, every lesson we learn ties into something that will eventually forward us towards our goal of thinking and living well. The best part of our academic program is the intentionality.
The academic program at Pacifica has been one my favorite parts of the school. Specifically the classroom discussions have fostered in me a passion for education since they allow for us to have input in what we’re learning and to engage with each other on what we think about life’s big questions. This type of learning has been valuable in owning my education for myself and growing to love learning.
My daughter’s decision to come to Pacifica is the signature event of her high school career. She had a comfortable, secure, and less than challenging life at her former school, and she opted to change from the safety of that life, and move to Pacifica in hopes of providing herself with a more challenging, and, ideally, more satisfying scholastic life. We feel strongly that there was a bravery in this decision and that her courage has paid off.
We call this lifelong process the Pacifica Continuum
The Pacifica Continuum
Learning to think and live well is a life-long journey. By approaching education as a joy-instilling, freedom-producing adventure, we provide our graduates with a foundation for success in college, life, work, and faith. We call this journey the Pacifica Continuum.
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