Pacific Northwest Classical Christian School Conference

Participating Schools

The Bear Creek School
The Cor Deo School
Evangel Classical School
Island Christian Academy
Kardia Classical School
Kenai Classical
Seattle Classical Christian School
Summit Classical Christian School
Trinity Classical School

October 24, 2022

Presented by The Bear Creek School

Thank you for joining us at the 2022 Pacific Northwest Classical Christian School Conference featuring special guest speaker Susan Wise Bauer who discussed why classical Christian education is so important and how to best accomplish it. Attendees are invited to review the recording of this year's conference.

Conference Schedule


9:30 a.m.  – 10:00 a.m.: Check-in and Continental Breakfast

Plenary Sessions

Susan Wise Bauer

Author and historian Susan Wise Bauer will present both plenary sessions. She knows Latin, Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew, and enough Korean to teach Sunday school to four-year-olds. Her books include Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education (2018), The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (fourth ed., 2016) and The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (rev. ed., 2015), as well as several volumes of her History of the World series. Susan holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from William & Mary where she taught from 1994 to 2010. She has also written grammar, writing, and history curricula and currently runs four business enterprises.

10:00 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m.: Plenary Session 1

Neoclassical Education

This session provides an overview of the philosophy of classical education and the ways in which it can be re-interpreted for the twenty-first century. We will cover the distinctives of classical education, the benefits to the student, the three stages of classical learning (grammar, logic, rhetoric), the subjects taught in each stage, and the overall goals of classical education (teaching students the pattern of learning so that they can continue to exercise it for the rest of their lives). Also discusses the place of delight-led learning and the “vocations” within the classical model.

11:00 a.m.  – 11:15 a.m.: Morning Break

11:15 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.: Plenary Session 2

The Well-Trained Mind: Academic Excellence Through Classical Education

This session provides a pedagogical review highlighting the differences between the three stages of classical learning. We will talk about the importance of memorization in the early years, critical thinking and logic in the middle years, finally pulling it all together in the upper school years.


12:15 p.m.  – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

A delicious lunch will be provided to all conference attendees (vegan and gluten-free options).


1:00 p.m.  – 2:00 p.m.: Q&A and Wrap-up

Location and Parking

Parking: Ample parking is available at Bear Creek's Upper School (8525 208th Avenue NE, Redmond) as well as next door at our Main building (8905 208th Avenue NE, Redmond). The two buildings are connected by a lighted, paved footpath.

Participating School Sites