Our private school provides our students with a classical education. But what exactly does this mean? Generally speaking, classical education is a traditional form of education that seeks after beauty, truth and goodness. Classical education focuses on teaching the liberal arts, which include logic, rhetoric, grammar, arithmetic, verbal arts, geometry, music, and other foundational subjects. Most importantly, a classical education teaches students how to learn and think for themselves.
One of the reasons why classical education is such an effective form of teaching comes down to when and how students are taught. Students receive their education in three specific stages: grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
During the grammar stage (typically grades K-6), students are naturally capable of memorizing rhymes, songs, and chants. Children who can sing or chant something will typically remember this information for the rest of their life. The logic stage (typically grades 7-9) focuses on the natural drive of students in this age group to question facts and authority, driving their desire to understand the “why.”
During grades 10-12, typically referred to as the rhetoric stage, is when students become independent communicators and thinkers. These students can practice and study rhetoric, which focuses on persuasion in writing and speaking.
Classical education has produced countless highly effective scientists, leaders, philosophers, artists, writers, lawyers, musicians, and physicians over generations. For more information about why you should provide your children with a classical education, contact us today.