The Greyfriars Archer
Sagittae Formosae et Praeacutae
(Arrows, Beautifully Formed & Sharpened)
                                                                                      (Ps CXXVII)

2701 Rice Road • Matthews, NC 28105 • (704) 315-5774 •


Volume 3 No. 1                                                     MARCH 5, 2011


Upcoming Dates:

Spring Break (no classes)
March 7-11

Mid-Semester Grade Reports
Issued to parents by Thursday, March 10

National Latin Exam
March 16, 2011

GCA Association Meeting
March 17 (Thursday)
7:00 p.m.

JCL Latin Club
Lunch Bunch Student Club

March 18, after school

GCA Board Meeting
March 19 (Saturday)
7:30 a.m.

Open House
March 23 (Wednesday)
10:00 a.m.

Application Deadline
March 31, 2011 (Thursday)
Applications for new students are due on this day ($75 fee rises to $225 after March 31)


Students Study Shakespeare's Macbeth


Lady Macbeth, 1850, by George Cattermole (1800-1868, British artist).

Watercolor On Paper (Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England)

Nearly all of the GCA student body traveled to Wingate University Wednesday, February 23, to see the American Shakespeare Center's production of Macbeth. This fine production providentially came to town just as the 10th grade literature class finished its study of the play. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were particularly well done. The debate still ensues as to which Lady Macbeth was most convincingly mad: ASC's, BBC's, Folger's--or perhaps the in-class version of Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing topped them all--"Kill Claudio!"




GCA Leadership

Cliff Blair, M.Div.
Jeff Cleveland, M.D.
Anna Cranford, B.A.
Gwen Firebaugh, B.S
Beth Harvey, B.A.
Lori Lawing, B.A.
John McGowan, M.Div.
Greer Nabb, B.A.
Lee Shelnutt, M.A., M.Div.
Darol Timberlake, M.S.
Nathan Trice, M.Div.
Matthew Tringali, B.A.
Barbara Van Patter, M.E.

Board of Directors
Thomas Willingham, Pres.
Henry DeBoer, Treasurer
Jeffrey Roach, Secretary
Shawn Brandt
Nathan Trice

John McGowan




School Verses

Psalm 127:4

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.


Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?




On Education

Christian education is indeed knowing the Bible -- of course it is -- but Christian education should also deal with all human knowledge. . . . presenting it in a framework of truth, rooted in the Creator's existence, and in his creation. Real Christian education, if we are going to protect our Christian schools, is not just the negative side, it is positive, touching on all human knowledge; and in each case, according to the level of the students, showing how it fits into the total framework of truth, the truth of all reality as rooted in the Creator's existence and in His creation. If the Judeo-Christian position is the truth of all reality (and it is!), then all the disciplines, and very much including a knowledge of, and I would repeat, an appreciation of, the humanities and the arts, should be a part of Christian education.

- Francis A. Schaeffer 





Applications for 2011-2012


Greyfriars Classical Academy is now receiving applications for rising 9th, 10th and 11th grade students for the Fall of 2011.  Click here to download an application from our website.

The first application deadline is March 31.




Open House Scheduled

If you or someone you know would benefit from hearing more about Greyfriars, please consider attending or inviting others to attend the upcoming Open House:

  • March 23 (Wednesday), 10:00 a.m.

At the Open House you will have an opportunity to sit in on part of a class, meet some of the faculty, talk to a currently-enrolled Greyfriars family, tour the campus, hear about our courses, have your questions answered, and review the application process.

Feature Article


Superficial Scholars?
by John D. McGowan


An article appeared recently on the Washington Post website ("Our Superficial Scholars,” Sunday, January 23, 2011) by Heather Wilson, who has served on selection committees for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for most of the past 20 years. While her observations concern graduates of U.S. universities, the central thrust of her comments is equally applicable to education at almost any level--including Greyfriars. In short, Wilson expresses concern,

. . . not about the talent of the applicants but about the education American universities are providing. Even from America's great liberal arts colleges, transcripts reflect an undergraduate specialization that would have been unthinkably narrow just a generation ago.

   As a result, high-achieving students seem less able to grapple with issues that require them to think across disciplines or reflect on difficult questions about what matters and why.

For example,    

   An outstanding biochemistry major wants to be a doctor and supports the president's health-care bill but doesn't really know why. A student who started a chapter of Global Zero at his university hasn't really thought about whether a world in which great powers have divested themselves of nuclear weapons would be more stable or less so, or whether nuclear deterrence can ever be moral. A young service academy cadet who is likely to be serving in a war zone within the year believes there are things worth dying for but doesn't seem to have thought much about what is worth killing for. A student who wants to study comparative government doesn't seem to know much about the important features and limitations of America's Constitution.

   When asked what are the important things for a leader to be able to do, one young applicant described some techniques and personal characteristics to manage a group and get a job done. Nowhere in her answer did she give any hint of understanding that leaders decide what job should be done. Leaders set agendas.

   I wish I could say that this is a single, anomalous group of students, but the trend is unmistakable. Our great universities seem to have redefined what it means to be an exceptional student. They are producing top students who have given very little thought to matters beyond their impressive grasp of an intense area of study.

Wilson concludes,

   I detect no lack of seriousness or ambition in these students. They believe they are exceptionally well-educated. They have jumped expertly through every hoop put in front of them to be the top of their classes in our country's best universities, and they have been lavishly praised for doing so. They seem so surprised when asked simple direct questions that they have never considered.

   We are blessed to live in a country that values education. Many of our young people spend four years getting very expensive college degrees. But our universities fail them and the nation if they continue to graduate students with expertise in biochemistry, mathematics or history without teaching them to think about what problems are important and why.

At Greyfriars we see our calling in every discipline as one of helping our students grasp (and marvel) that every area of human knowledge and existence traces back to our God and Savior, and should be carried out for His glory.  Such a biblical worldview will help our students to strive to integrate all areas of knowledge under the lordship of Jesus Christ.  Christians, least of all people, should be "Superficial Scholars." "For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen" (Romans 11:33-36 ESV).


You Can Make a Difference!


Here’s How:

The mission of Greyfriars includes providing an education for Christian families that is financially affordable.  Our unique model (without full-time faculty or a physical plant to maintain) means that our tuition is well within the reach of most families.  However, until we have added all four grades (9-12), keeping tuition affordable is much more difficult.

All gifts to Greyfriars Classical Academy qualify as tax-deductible contributions under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Donations may be mailed to:

Greyfriars Classical Academy

1460 Longleaf Court, Matthews, NC 28104


Or, click below to donate securely online:

GIVE TO GCA (click here)

You can also visit our website at, and click on the “Give to GCA” button. 





Here’s another way to make a difference:  The next time you are checking out at Harris Teeter, simply tell your cashier that you want Greyfriars’ account number linked to your VIC card.

Our school account number is 8280.

So far this year, we have earned $81.50 from 17 participating families.


2% of your store-brand purchases are automatically deposited into our GCA account, as part of Harris Teeter’s “Together in Education” program.






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