Classical Education is proven and it works! Classical Education returns to the time-honored educational model of the past. This was the only educational theory used in Western Civilization for over two thousand (2000) years. Beginning in Classical Greece and Rome, and continuing through the Puritan and Colonial eras, children fortunate enough to receive an education received a classical one.
Classical Education produced Archimedes, St. Paul, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, Christopher Columbus, Shakespeare, George Washington, and the list goes on. Classical Education unlocked potential in such a way that classically educated students became great philosophers, scientists, theologians, writers, artists, and inventors who changed the world!
Classical Education has a Biblical Foundation
As a Classical Christian school we do not simply add a Bible class and Bible Memorization to the student’s day and sprinkle it with prayer. We view and teach all subjects through the lens of Scripture. The student is given the framework to develop a Biblical worldview, taught critical thinking skills, and equipped with the tools of learning so they know how to Biblically discern and evaluate situations and life choices.
The Classical School Curriculum
At the core of Classical Education is the trivium, a teaching method which tailors the curriculum to the child’s cognitive developmental stage. Our Curriculum is based on the trivium. Through the trivium the student learns Grammar (the science of language), Logic (the science of reasoning and thought), and Rhetoric (the science of verbal and written expression).
In the Grammar stage the child memorizes a lot of facts (in an enjoyable manner). In the Logic stage he or she learns how the facts relate to each other, and in Rhetoric, the child learns how to research and relay or articulate the facts. The use of the trivium results in students gaining the tools of learning, so they can go on learning for themselves. They also learn how to think, and not merely what to think.
Latin (Greek and/or Hebrew) is included in the Classical Curriculum because the discipline and construct of these ancient languages give the student a great foundation for other subject matter, improve the student’s mental capacities for later study, and make learning vocabulary and other languages easier.
Literature, especially The Great Books of Western Civilization are a critical part of Classical School, so students are not given a watered down or sugar-coated education. They are exposed to the Great Books and works of Art that trained and shaped the people who greatly influenced and impacted the World!
History is the organizing outline of Classical Education. Children learn about all of humanity from pre-history and the ancients to the moderns. They get to see life’s progression in science, religion and other subjects and how it impacts them today.
The Classical School curriculum is comprehensive and integrated. Lessons are not presented as a group of topics or isolated subjects. All subjects are taught in relation to each other, all of life and history. The student matures and advances as she or he sees how the Bible corresponds with astronomy and how literature impacted science. The student is taught in such a way that he or she begin to see patterns, make connections and understand causal relationships and correlations.
Although Classical Education is an old concept, Modern subject matter is taught, but with the trivium method and therefore in a more in dept format. There are over 210 schools in the Christian and Classical School Association. Thousands of parents worldwide have returned to this Classical teaching method, with Astounding results! Three out of four classical students consistently achieve scores in the highest possible range on national and international standardized tests. If not, they score well above average in standardized achievement tests.