Peace Lutheran Academy is a Christian School in Sussex, Wisconsin. It is the parish school of Peace Lutheran Church and well know for its classical curriculum and catechetical instruction.
As a Christian school in the Lutheran tradition, children are taught the Bible from the perspective of the Reformation. Over a three year period all the major stories of the Bible are covered in regular chapel worship along with instruction from Luther’s Small Catechism. While many Christian schools offer a “generic” variety of Christianity, Peace Academy focuses on developing a lively – but not wish washy – faith through prayer, reading, discussion, and worship in the historic Reformation tradition which is nothing less than the faith of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church! Best of all, the process of catechesis involves the whole family, drawing them together in Christ because the lessons learned are designed to guide us all for a lifetime of Christian living, not forgotten after our formal schooling comes to an end.
As a Classical Christian School, Peace Academy approaches learning through the categories of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Quoting from the school’s website:
“For example, the original thirteen American colonies declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. That’s grammar. To understand why they declared independence and what that independence means is the “logic” stage. Finally, “rhetoric” is the stage that encourages the thoughtful use of the “grammar” and “logic” of the subject in applying that knowledge to one’s own life or new situations in the world. In American history, for example, “rhetoric” might include the ability to write an essay that analyzes contemporary foreign policy in light of the founding principles of our republic.”
Obviously children’s capacities for memorizing, understanding, and applying information vary by age. Accordingly in Classical Christian Education at Peace Academy, the studies of younger children focus on grammar. As children develop they progress to studies in the “logic” of subjects. As graduation approaches, students focus more on “rhetoric”, the application of knowledge to new situations.
Peace Lutheran Academy is known for it’s 10 Point Commitment Statement as well:
- The pastor, congregation, board of education, faculty, and staff of Peace Lutheran Academy are committed to forging a partnership with parents in elementary education and Lutheran catechesis. The education we offer is governed by the following:
- A world view which is God-centered rather than man-centered.
Honor and respect for those in authority as representatives of God and understanding the place of Law in the secular and spiritual kingdoms.
- The centrality of the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins for Christ’s sake in the life of a Christian and the church.
- A partnership and involvement with parents in every area of their child’s education and spiritual growth.
- An education based in the core disciplines and humanities: reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography, history, literature, music, and art.
- The teaching of language and foreign language for learning the art of communication and rhetoric.
- Academic standards which demand excellence and achievement.
- The teaching of singing and music in service to the church and for the prayer life of God’s people.
- Faithfully teaching the Word of God and passing on the language of our holy faith so that the baptized learn how to receive God’s gifts in the Divine Service, how to pray, how to confess, and how to live where God has called them to live with faith in Christ and love to the neighbor.
- The centrality of the Divine Service and daily prayer according to the church’s historic and confessional liturgy of Word and sacrament.
Peace Lutheran Academy is located at
W240 N6145 Maple Ave.
P.O. Box 123
Sussex, WI 53089
Note: Sussex is approximately 20 miles west of Milwaukee and north of I-94. Take I-94 to the County Highway F exit (Exit 295). Go north for approximately 3 miles (the north-bound road will junction with STH-74 and become STH-74, continue north on STH-74) until you come to Hwy-K (Lisbon Road). Turn left on Hwy-K go approximately 1 mile to Maple Ave. (2nd street on the right). Turn right onto Maple Ave. and travel approximately 1.5 miles. The church is on the left side of the street just north of the public school.