What do we mean by “classical” education?
One of the most valuable developments of western civilization, classical education utilizes traditional liberal arts as a means of instilling wisdom and virtue in our students. Our liberal arts curriculum is delivered by way of the “Trivium” – a word that describes three modes of learning: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Grammar is concerned with the basic facts, rules and required skills of any given subject. Logic involves learning to think and reason in the language of various subjects. Rhetoric requires students to express their thoughts in a compelling and persuasive manner.
While each area of the Trivium is addressed at every grade level and in all subjects, the developmental stages of children lend themselves to particular modes of learning. For this reason, we emphasize the grammar mode of learning with kindergarteners through fifth graders, who find skill acquisition and repetition to be easy and comfortable. Once students begin to question and contradict, overlapping into fifth grade and up through about the eighth grade, they are ready to emphasize logic. As students begin to know, think about, and explain their world, they are being prepared to begin their lifelong pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.