The name Aristoi comes from the ancient Greek meaning the best, noble character, and a right nature. Each of these attributes describe what we want for Aristoi students. Aristoi Classical Academy strives to provide “the best” education available in modern times-the classical liberal arts education. We believe that classical education will help each Aristoi student to develop noble character and a right nature. Aristotle believed that the goal of a classical education was to develop a virtuous character which would, in turn, lead to a good life and true “happiness.”
Orange represents worthy ambition. This is significant because ACA’s aim to inspire a passion for learning in its students and to help them become men and women of virtuous character are worthy ambitions indeed.
White on the shield signifies peace and sincerity. The shield itself represents protection from ignorance and the defense of the American Republic. The open book holding our motto, “Truth, Goodness, and Beauty” symbolizes the great books of antiquity and are present both in English and Latin. Our motto is well described by the words of Charlotte Mason:
Truth is evident in the practice of narration when we encourage our students to tell back what they have heard or read. In the recitation or written narration, the child strives to remember the facts with as much accuracy as possible. In the study of history, the student is encouraged to study original documents, to look at both sides of a conflict, to see the entire sweep of history as one story. Truth is also valued in nature study where the student is urged to see and to replicate what is in front of him with much detail. Keeping a nature notebook is not to chronicle one’s own concept or feelings about nature; it is a record of the true form. Goodness: “There are good and evil tendencies in body and mind, in heart and soul; and the hope set before us is that we can foster the good so as to attenuate the evil.” (Vol. 6, A Philosophy of Education, p. 46). Beauty: “As for that aesthetic appetency . . . it dies of inanition when beauty is not duly presented to it, beauty in words, in pictures and music, in tree and flower and sky. The function of the sense of beauty is to open a paradise of pleasure for us.” (Vol. 6, A Philosophy of Education, p. 56).
The torch and flame symbolize the light of knowledge and the school’s passion for learning.