Providence Classical Christian Academy (Providence) opened its doors in September 1994 with seven students, two classrooms, one office, and five part-time teachers. Under the direction of the three founders, Providence would become the first classical Christian school in St. Louis.
At that time the founders had high school aged students and found the educational options available to them unsatisfactory. They wanted a deeper and more challenging curriculum than either private or public schools had to offer. They wanted their children to see how God works in the affairs of men and nations. They wanted their children to read from the original authors of the great books and not from pre-digested textbooks. They wanted their children to be challenged in ways that would develop their character and give them the tools to discern differences between worldviews. As they came to understand classical education they saw the parallel to their own desires for the education of students at Providence and therefore incorporated the classical methodology into the school’s curriculum.
As the demand for classical Christian education grew, in 1998 Providence added a primary school (K-6th) to the existing upper school (7th-12th.) Providence developed its classical curriculum under the direction of the board members and the headmaster of eight years, Laura Dickmann. Staff training at classical seminars, research, and curriculum writing by the teaching staff at Providence have played a critical part in that development. Mr. Klousia, teacher at Providence since its founding, has written a paper outlining the importance of studying the ancient languages, titled The Importance of Classical Language Study.
In 2001 the school moved to its current location on South Lindbergh in St. Louis County, Missouri. Providence leases space from Christ Community Church, the owners of the building.
Providence has grown to 136 students, including 50 in the upper school. The organization includes more than twenty faculty, five staff members and seven board members. The current administrators, Jonathan Mattull, Headmaster; Patrick Egan, Dean of the Upper School, and Mrs. Keri Stoner, Dean of the Grammar School continue the vision of a well-rounded classical Christian school that the founders began.
While Providence graduates consistently score well above average on college testing and attend the colleges of their choice, more importantly they enter the world with a thorough biblical worldview, understanding the sovereign work of God in all things.