Classical education is the most proven form of education that has produced the greatest thinkers and leaders in Western civilization from the time of the Greeks until the late 19th Century, including America’s Founding Fathers.
Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind called the Trivium:
Grammar Stage – The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study
Logic Stage – In the middle grades, students learn to reason through arguments and form educated opinions
Rhetoric Stage – In the high school years, students learn the science of communication and art of expressing themselves persuasively
What does classical education look like in the classroom?
• A classical education takes history as its organizing outline. Students are
studying literature, culture, history, and philosophy from the same time period so
as to make deep connections.
• The curriculum is knowledge-rich and built around the belief that there is a
common body of knowledge all members of our society should master in the core areas and in the arts.
• Aim is to produce a virtuous, knowledgeable and articulate person.
• Grounded in classical languages and literature.
• Education conducted in a spirit of free inquiry undertaken without concern for topical relevance or vocational utility.
• Subjects taught as part of a whole in an interconnected world as opposed to isolated pieces of information.
• Language-focused; learning is accomplished through words, written and spoken, rather than through passive learning (pictures, videos, and television).
• Facilitates close interaction between faculty and students.
• Classical virtues, as well as principles in self-government and civility, are identified and clearly taught in a seamless manner through course content.
• Logic, classical composition, and rhetoric are emphasized in upper school grades.
• Students are trained in study skills, planning and organization, close reading of text, and note-taking.
• Highly qualified teachers who are passionate about educating children and who love the content they teach. They foster the idea of “learning for the sake of learning” and engage students in the pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful.
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