At a Glance: Three Defining Characteristics
- Students will experience a biblical worldview which permeates throughout Classical Christian Academy.
- Students will have the opportunity to discuss Christ openly and discover how history, literature, math, science and all other subjects relate to Christ.
- Students will participate in a school where Christ-likeness is found throughout the school.
Classical education refers to the style of education and also the content of the studies.
Classical education emphasizes the basic subjects: mathematics, history, the sciences, language studies including a study of Latin, and classic literature. An awareness of and appreciation for the heritage of western civilization is also developed.
Latin is introduced at the 1st grade level with formal instruction starting in 4th grade. Students will appreciate Latin’s value as it applies to English vocabulary and grammar, as a basis for other foreign languages, and to experience a detailed systematic study of a language which is key to western heritage.
Classical education is organized according to the “Trivium,” the three-phase approach to education which correlates with the developmental stages and characteristics of students.
The Grammar stage (K-6th grade) emphasizes the acquisition of basic facts in each subject. Young students enjoy absorbing information through songs, recitation, repetitious activities, and educational games. Students also learn (increasingly as they move through this stage) to comprehend, think, and express themselves.
The Logic stage (grades 7-9) focuses on organizing facts learned in the Grammar stage while helping students address the question, “Why?” A formal study of logic utilizes the naturally argumentative nature of students in this stage. Other tools of learning include debates, presentations, class discussions, research, and persuasive writing projects.
The Rhetoric stage (grades 10-12) refines the students’ ability to persuasively express the grammar and logic of a subject through written and oral presentations, as well as debate. Participating in the Great Conversation is the ultimate academic goal of classical education.
- Classical Education dovetails with the various developmental stages of students from K-12, enhancing the learning capacity of the students.
- Classical Education a systematic, organized, interconnected method of discussing subject material as it relates to humanity versus subject material taught as discrete, random units not tied to a biblical worldview of humanity.
- Classical Education contains an academic rigor that emphasizes quality of work rather than the quantity.
- Receive a strong foundation of knowledge through a liberal arts education that emphasizes a broad scope of curriculum which is transferable to the learning of any subject or craft.
- Obtain the tools for learning, such as the following: memorization, penmanship, phonetic decoding, reading comprehension, computation, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, problem solving, research, effective writing, and public speaking.
- Receive standardized testing throughout K-12 in order to gauge the students’ understanding of subject material as they progress through the process of a classical education.
Resources and Information
Discover: Classical Christian Education, The Essential Guide for Parents by The Ambrose Group – http://www.ambrosemediastore.com/discover-booklet-online/
An Introduction to Classical Education – A Guide for Parents by Christopher A. Perrin, M.Div., Ph.D. – http://classicalsubjects.com/resources/ICE.pdf
The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers – http://classicalchristian.com/WhitePapers/sayers.pdf
Recovering the Lost Tools or Learning by Douglas Wilson
Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning by Robert Littlejohn & Charles T. Evans
The Association of Classical & Christian Schools – http://accsedu.org
Over view of Classical Christian Education video – http://accsedu.org/school-resources/marketing-resources
The Society of Classical Learning – http://www.societyforclassicallearning.org/
The New Old Way: Overview of Classical Christian Education video – http://player.vimeo.com/video/53510341
Christian Education: The Classical Difference – http://mindhengeartifacts.com/video