Behind the Name...
The name “Cor Deo” is the Latin phrase meaning “heart for God.”
It fits with our central focus of cultivating a deep faith in Christ and our desire to equip students to graciously engage and influence their world. Throughout their education at The Cor Deo School, students will come to understand God’s heart for them and for his world. Students will experience God’s love in the community that surrounds them, in the knowledge gained during their coursework, in the wisdom and virtues solidified in them through the hours and hours of teaching, prayer, and devotion the teachers and parent community pour into them, and in countless other ways. When a student graduates from The Cor Deo School, they will be well equipped to be living examples of God’s heart to all whom they encounter.
Navy is a natural color choice for CDS. It honors the history of our school while also building on a beautiful biblical tradition. In the Old Testament, sapphire blue cloth covered the ark of the Covenant and adorned the tabernacle, which is why it represents a close association with God’s Word. High priests wore blue robes, which associates the color with those in God’s service. As we strive to develop our students into servant leaders rooted in God’s Word, Navy is the perfect choice for their daily wear.
Gold, or goldenrod, is new to our color palette. In Scripture, gold represents that which is holy to God. Most importantly for our students, it represents the Light of World living in them. We hope that they will shine it brightly!
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Prov. 30.5
Our shield is an adaptation of the “kite” shield of the eleventh century. The shape was intended to provide protection to the knight’s entire body. Our students also have a shield that protects their whole lives, though it takes the shape of a book. By grounding the education of our students in God’s Word, we provide them with protection—a refuge—for the journey ahead.
They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. Matthew 18:20
Iconic symbols of the Northwest, evergreen trees have historically symbolized the elect, stretching heavenward. We find evergreens throughout scripture: adorning the floors of the temple, being used to make musical instruments, providing shelter, and more.
The evergreens of the Cor Deo shield are intended to represent our students, who are grounded in the Word of God and rooted in the heart of God, in order to stand tall with an unfailing faith that will last for generations.
The use of three trees represent the communal nature of our school, our faith, and our God. The close-knit nature of the community at The Cor Deo School—made up of students, faculty, staff, and families, is a key component that sets it apart from other schools and is essential to the lasting faith and long-term success of its students.
Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. 1 Cor. 9:24–25
Throughout history, laurel has come to symbolize victory, peace, creativity, academic accomplishment, and eternity. It has even been used to symbolize the resurrection of Christ. Victors have historically been crowned with a wreath of laurel. We hope that the Cor Deo student will be crowned for their academic accomplishment, and that they will know they are crowned with an imperishable wreath as in 1 Cor. 9:25.
Although heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth with all that is in it, yet the Lord set his heart in love on your ancestors alone and chose you, their descendants after them, out of all the peoples, as it is today. Deuteronomy 10:14-15
The foundation of our education, of our experiences, of our whole lives rests in God’s heart, and so the foundation of our logo represents his heart. In it we find truth, beauty, and goodness, as described perfectly in the Scriptures. The Bible, placed immediately above the heart in our shield, is how we gain even a glimpse of our understanding of the greatness and goodness of God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. John 1:1-3
The open Bible is central to our school’s shield, as it is in our lives and the lives of our students. The Cor Deo School’s primary goal is for students to see Christ at the center of all areas of their lives, in a way that compels them to love God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. With that end in mind, each discipline is approached through the lens of God’s love, and is appreciated for its separate value and studied as being entirely interconnected. Our students observe the world as a unified whole—created, sustained, and governed by God.
Truth, Beauty & Goodness
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:17-18
We want to nourish our student’s souls on what is true, what is beautiful, what is good, as found in God’s Word. These transcendent values are at the core of our human experience. They are also at the core of the Classical Christian education. Throughout God’s Word we are filled with what is true, what is beautiful, and what is good.
As part of a Classical Christian education, we don’t want to shelter our children from the world; rather we want to prepare them to be brave, heroic, and courageous in the face of it. We don’t want to make light of the cruel enemies they will face, but we do want to teach them how to guard their hearts against those enemies. So what could be a more perfect mascot for the students of The Cor Deo School than the knight? Long associated with loyal protection and servanthood, the knight represents valor and honor. As we expect our students to pursue a heart for God, it was fitting for us to select a mascot worthy of protecting that heart.
As they seek to know God’s Heart through his Word, the students of Cor Deo will be able to guard their own heart with the shield of God’s love.