The leadership of The King’s College in New York City and The Saint Constantine School (TSCS) in Houston, Texas are pleased to announce the establishment of a new partnership, with the goal of establishing an affordable, highly-respected, shared educational program for grades K-14 in the classical Christian tradition in the Houston area.
“Houston is America’s city of the twenty-first century and is a perfect partner for the capital of the world: New York City,” said Dr. John Mark Reynolds, President of TSCS and a Senior Fellow in Humanities at King’s. “The Saint Constantine School was looking for a college partner that was dynamic, classical, Christian, and had leadership with integrity. The King’s College under President Thornbury is a leader in Christian higher education educating in virtue and wisdom with joy. That is a perfect fit for our school.”
“At King’s, our mission is to train young leaders who will shape and eventually lead America’s institutions,” said Dr. Gregory Thornbury, President of The King’s College. “In The Saint Constantine School, we saw a rigorous educational model rooted in the truths of historic Christianity, and in its leaders we found kindred spirits. We’re delighted to partner with them and expand our mission beyond our Manhattan campus.”
Faculty appointed and approved by King’s will teach the accredited, college-level, credit-bearing courses, which TSCS students can pursue in two ways: through dual enrollment while still in high school, or as first- and second-year college students in Houston following high school graduation. The courses correspond to core requirements in three interdisciplinary King’s majors: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; Media, Culture, and the Arts; and Religious and Theological Studies. Students who meet academic requirements could then transfer directly to The King’s College to complete their education, or transfer their credits to another institution. King’s and TSCS are also developing opportunities for students and faculty from both schools to visit the other.
Through Middle States accreditation and with authorization from the state of Texas, King’s will grant college credit for the courses, which will be taught by faculty appointed by King’s through TSCS. Dr. Robert Stacey will serve in a dual role as both Provost of The Saint Constantine School and Dean of The King’s College at The Saint Constantine School (reporting to Dr. Mark Hijleh, Vice President for Academic Affairs at King’s, in the latter role).
“Dual credit can be such a benefit to high-achieving high schoolers, helping them increase their academic prowess and attain advanced standing by the time they get to college,” said Cate Gilbert, Head of K-12 Academics at TSCS. “Offering dual credit through The King’s College adds a meaningful level of excellence for our students as they experience the quality of a top-tier, regionally-accredited university before they even graduate high school.”
“Anchored dynamically between two of America’s great cities, this partnership represents an extraordinary and innovative opportunity to advance Christian education broadly as we build a distinctive shared model that both advantages students and families in the Houston area and provides a template for the future,” said Hijleh. “These students will benefit from a seamlessly and carefully integrated educational path that will develop them intellectually and spiritually while positioning them for success as they continue into their college years and beyond. The synergies of this model will also provide participating students enhanced opportunity to complete their college degrees at King’s in New York City.”
The Saint Constantine School is a new private, Orthodox Christian school opening in Houston in August 2016. TSCS provides affordable classical, Christian K-14 education that challenges students to grow in wisdom, virtue, and joy. TSCS offers individualized education plans to every student, using unique block scheduling to empower families to choose the course of study that best meets their students’ needs. Whether full-time, part-time, or homeschooled, TSCS allows all students to experience the best that private classical education has to offer. Visit their website for more information or to schedule a campus tour.
A conversation on higher education with President Gregory Thornbury and John Mark Reynolds can be viewed here.
The King’s College is an accredited Christian liberal arts college offering six majors from its campus in New York City’s Financial District. Through the truths of Christianity and great works in politics, philosophy, and economics, King’s seeks to educate the next generation of leaders for America and the world.