Classical Education

Classical Education seeks to form students in and through a curriculum and culture which:

Introduces students to transcendent realities reflecting Truth, Beauty and Goodness; 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.

The curriculum of Donahue Academy draws on the philosophy and design animating the Core Curriculum at Ave Maria University.

  • Grades 1-4
  • “What/That”
  • Knowledge
  • Direct Instruction
  • Amassing Facts
  • Grades 5-8
  • “How”
  • Understanding
  • Supervised Practice
  • Using Facts to Reason Clearly -Dialectic
  • Grades 9-12
  • “Why”
  • Wisdom
  • Socratic Dialogue
  • Communication and Eloquence