Classical education is learning built upon the great works of western civilization taught through a process called the Trivium. The Trivium is made up of grammar, logic, and rhetoric phases. Students first learn the basic facts, then reasoning skills, and finish by artfully presenting their understanding. Classical education creates a cohesive Christian worldview by connecting all disciplines through consistent thinking. Students learn the art of learning and are thereby prepared for whatever calling God gives them.
What is the Trivium?
The Trivium and classical education is not a curriculum, but an approach to education and learning. The goals are to take advantage of what children do best at each stage of their development. The Trivium consists of three stages of learning that fit a child’s God-given abilities.
Children build a strong foundation by learning the rules and facts of subjects (phonics, spelling, grammar, addition and multiplication tables) using jingles or songs that they will remember. This goes hand-in-hand with using age-appropriate manipulatives.
After a child builds a foundation of facts, he or she must learn how to sort them out. In the logic stage, students are taught formal logic and learn to reason. An understanding of logic will not only teach them to recognize valid and invalid arguments, but will provide them with the tools to understand and participate in rational discourse, taking on the culture.
Students are trained to bring all their learning together and to articulate eloquently, in oral and written expression. The goal of a Christian classical education is to enable students to become independent learners, evaluating all knowledge, and presenting it from a biblical perspective.
The Christian Classical Model
As a Christian academy we guide students through the trivium with the fundamental human technology—language. To build on this foundation students are introduced to French, German, and Spanish as well as Latin.
We teach history chronologically and integrate a biblical worldview in all our subjects — math, science, literature, language, philosophy, art, and music. This enables the students to understand the motivations found in the great thinkers of history and today.
Our students analyze universal themes contemplated by the most influential individuals of the ages. As students are grounded in the wisdom of scripture, they develop the thinking tools necessary to apply God’s truth to the truth of man. Students learn how belief influences action. When students apply this knowledge and find parallels in their own spiritual lives, their studies will have meaning and they develop a passion for learning.