Knowledge is Transmitted through Language
We believe that the trivium is a developmental process of young minds opening to the light of knowledge as more and more is made clear. Our grammar teachers lay the foundations of the language of each subject starting with imitation and rote memorization as a stepping stone to knowledge. Our logic teachers utilize the foundation of language as a springboard to enhance basic understanding by adding a dimension of logic to each subject; helping our students to connect the meanings and the reasoning behind them. The primary process for this is a Socratic (discussion-based) approach to teaching; one that challenges students to see opposing sides of concepts, issues and arguments. Our rhetoric teachers guide our students to pursue wisdom as they delve into conversations made possible by our logic and grammar teachers. Students are challenged to speak well and often and are given a literal and figurative seat at the table.
A Brief History of Classical Education
Classical Education is a method of learning that has been used for over two thousand years. From the great thinkers of Ancient Greece to the founding fathers of America, classical education is a long tradition of education that has made the seeking of truth, goodness, and beauty its chief goals.
What is the Trivium?Classical Education follows the trivium, a three-pronged approach to stages of learning called Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric. These three stages follow a child’s natural ability to learn as he or she grows and develops. We believe this to be the best way to cultivate every student's God-given desire to learn, and thereby reach their full potential.
The Grammar Stage
The Grammar stage involves teaching students the grammar or the language of every subject. During these early years, teachers take advantage of their student’s natural abilities by building a strong foundation and teaching the rules or basics facts in all academic areas. The Grammar Stage uses memorization, chanting, and singing to help students to enjoy learning.
The Logic Stage
As a child matures to the Logic stage, they naturally begin to develop skills of argumentation. Classical education capitalizes on this developmental stage by teaching students in this phase how to think and argue well. Students in this stage are taught the fundamentals of Logic, which are integrated into every class they take in some form or another.
The Rhetoric Stage
Once a student has graduated from the Grammar and Logic stages, they then move onto the final stage of their Classical education: Rhetoric. This stage synthesizes all they have learned, and then teaches the students how to effectively write and then deliver their arguments with eloquence and persuasion. The Rhetoric Stage culminates in the Senior Thesis, a 15+ page argumentative paper they must write, deliver, and then defend in front of the school. The thesis serves as the capstone of a student's classical education.
Why Latin is Required
Over 50 percent of the English vocabulary comes from Latin. Training in Latin gives the student a better understanding of the roots of the English language and lays the foundation for learning other Latin-based languages. The benefits of studying Latin can be seen throughout all subjects, from English to mathematics to the sciences.
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Not Just Another Christian School
One of our most frequently asked questions by prospective families is, “Do you have a Bible class?” And while we answer yes to that question, classical Christian schools also know that a Bible “class” is not enough. The real power in a classical Christian education is in teaching all subjects through the lens of scripture and from a Christian worldview.
Deuteronomy 6 instructs us to use the Bible as a grid to teach our children all about life. The Christian faith uniquely challenges the faithful to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). In this way, students can address and impact their culture.
As Paul appealed to Athenians based on what he knew of their poets and gods, so classical Christian education will prepare students to address the people and issues of their times. Jesus said that loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind is the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-38). Classical Christian education is a time-proven way to accomplish this command.