Classical Education seeks to form students in and through a curriculum and culture which:
Introduces students to transcendent realities reflecting Truth, Beauty and Goodness; (click here to learn more as to just how we do this!)* Secularized classical schools may give a nod in this direction- but it is only in the context of allowing God His due place as the source and summit of all that is true good and beautiful, that an authentic interpretation and valuing of man and of all reality is achievable. We cannot leave out Christ without consequence to our studies or to our life!
Is structured and integrated, not only the transmission of knowledge but also the integration and synthesis of information.
Focuses on the acquisition of knowledge through reading by focusing whenever possible on original texts and classics.
Presents various academic disciplines in a sequence corresponding to a pupil’s developing ability to think abstractly, and in an age and developmentally appropriate manner.
Studies not simply individual academic disciplines, but also specifically essential truths that transcend the disciplines- especially those truths emphasizing human dignity and worth.
Develops a sense of Wonder and a love for learning.
Assists the students to become self-motivated and self-correcting learners.
Trains the mind in the tools of learning using the Trivium:
- The Grammar Stage (Grades K-4) which focuses on presenting information, the broad acquisition of facts and laying the foundation of knowledge.
- The Logic Stage (Grades 5-8) which focuses on organizing information gathered in the Grammar Stage, making connections and learning to evaluate evidence.
- The Rhetoric Stage (Grades 9-12) which focuses on synthesizing and learning to express increasingly complex insights with eloquence and precision.