The Big Picture

What will a Fortis graduate look like? I struggled, not because I couldn’t describe the graduation plan - that was easy - but because educating an upper level student is about so much more than just academics. I homeschooled three boys in an isolated rural area, and I...

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An Education of Hope

Hope is a cardinal biblical virtue that empowers us to become all that God has created and called us to be.   All people need hope, and hope is one of the key elements of a Fortis education.  One of the byproducts of the Reformation was the widespread reading of God’s...

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Nuts and Bolts

With any building project, you need to begin with a strong foundation that provides stability. Without a stable underpinning for everything else to attach to, additional parts of the structure can shift; something as simple as a breeze can cause the structure to...

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Education: The Beauty of Hard Work

Fortis Academy is a classical Christian University Model® school.  All of these elements are crucial to our identity and academic instruction.  They each have incredible value, are deeply interconnected and have a cost to implement that is worth the investment.  The...

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As a house remodeler in my “other job,” taking a multi-level, sometimes multi-material floor and turning it into an aesthetically pleasing, functional foundation is a part of my work. Ideally, I use transition pieces that least interrupt the flow while enabling the...

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Integrated Christian Education

What is more important, a Christian education or a high-quality academic education?   The reason I ask that questions is because I often encounter people who introduce a binary distinction between the two.  Personally, I believe we need to expand our view of Christian...

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Integrated Faith

As I was reading through my daughter’s Novare science book it made me think about the education I didn’t receive.  The book wonderfully and intelligently integrates a Christian worldview and philosophy from chapter one in a manner that not only builds a solid biblical...

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The Road Chosen

When I joined the Fortis family this year, I was excited to discover the curriculum aligning mottos of the Academy: multum non multa (much, not many) and from Charlotte Mason: “I am, I can, I ought, I will.” I’d like to reaffirm the value of these two mottos and...

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Motivated to Succeed

It is a great privilege to be part of the classical Christian education movement.  It is a movement that is solutions based rather than fear driven.  People realized that modern education was failing to give our students the education they deserve as those created in...

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Iron Sharpening Iron

“As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17, NKJV)  As we have been reading through “Total Truth” by Nancy Pearcey at our Fortis worldview small group (which you are welcome to join), I have been deeply moved by the fact...

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