The Cultivation of Wisdom & Virtue

“Graduates, my charge to you is this: don’t live an artificial life; embrace what it means to be fully human, and go cultivate life in the barren and sterile places of the world.…
One way to think about a school like this one is that it’s a place where we can grow and get better at being human. It’s so that we gain wisdom, like through the study of moral philosophy; where we glimpse purity in the study of mathematics. It’s why we sit in circles and discuss great ideas from great books; it’s why we discipline our bodies through athletics. It’s why we write, out of our own intelligence. I think you’d agree that Providence is a very human experience; a place where relationships really matter. …

Artificial intelligence will never be at home in a truly formative educational experience, at least not in the core work of training the mind, body, heart, and soul. Not just because it could be used for dishonorable purposes, but because it just wouldn’t make sense. True education is not an artificial process: it is organic growth, symbolized by schools everywhere as an apple on a tree.”

-Bret Billman, Head of School
Providence Commencement 2023; listen to the full address here
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Providence Preparatory is an accredited, private PK-12 school
partnering with families in Belton, Temple, Salado, Killeen, Harker Heights,

and the Greater Central Texas Area to provide their students a rich Christian and classical education.