Learning takes multiple forms at PCS: classical literature, scientific experimentation, musical performance, nature study, and many more. This approach follows the educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason, a British educational reformer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Like Mason, we avoid dumbed-down materials (“twaddle,” as she called them), instead encouraging our students to form their own thoughts about what they are learning and to express them verbally and in writing. Our high academic standards challenge our students to go deeper no matter what they are studying. We also urge them to think critically, a process that culminates in the eighth grade as each student defines and defends a personal worldview before entering high school as salt and light.