It is the mission of the Skylark administration and faculty to provide what Charlotte Mason called a “living education,” where each student is guided and empowered to author a full and free life, a life rich in relationship to God, self, others, ideas, and all of creation. Thus, our primary concern is the kind of person each student is becoming, not the mastery of particular data or technique; for we are confident that the student who masters the art of learning will attain his full potential for mastering data and technique. The student who masters the art of relating well to God, self, others, ideas, and creation will attain the fullness of life for which he/she was created.
In stating this mission, it must be recognized that the faculty and administration will intentionally seek to foster each student’s growth in this direction. It is our aim that every student who graduates from Skylark be characterized by the following:
- Psychological and spiritual maturity
- Mastery of the habits of a scholar
- A view of one’s life as a gift, consistently marked by purposeful and useful acts
In accordance with Skylark School’s philosophy of education which emphasizes students relating with varied persons and behaving responsibly as a citizen of a larger community, students will engage in a variety of service projects. Different opportunities for service will be provided throughout the four years. Some of these include tutoring younger students, helping needy persons within the community, working for single parents, and a service opportunity approved by a high school teacher. This time of service is an important part of the curriculum as students have the opportunity to cultivate the habits of leadership, teamwork, and compassionate service.
Students will have the opportunity to take extended trips during the course of their four years together as a part of extending the classroom to other regions of the United States. Trips may include:
1. Location to be determined. – Students will see the beauty of our land, engage in field studies, and recreational.
2. Washington D.C. – Students will travel to the US capitol and visit historical sites and meet men and women in their work.
3. Stanford, Florida – Students will travel to Florida and attend a conference (TBD) and meet men and women in different fields or industry and service.