The Classical Christian Model of education is based upon the seven liberal arts that are introduced in stages appropriate to the natural psychological and spiritual development of the child.

The Grammar Stage is the first stage of the trivium and includes grades K-6.  The rudiments of reading, writing and spelling form the core of the curriculum which are approached through multi-sensory reinforcement of the rules that govern spelling, penmanship, and phonetic decoding. This tools will be applied as students are introduced to the basics of arithmetic, astronomy, grammar, and music.

 

Grammar Stage Resources

 PDF Distinctives of a Classical Education

PDF Elementary Program of Study

PDF Grades 1 and 2  Sample Elementary Test Scores  (S.A.T.)

The Logic Stage is the second stage of the trivium. It is at this point when instruction will emphasize thinking and analytic skills. Forms of Socratic dialogue and informal debates will be introduced as students develop their speaking skills. While grammar will still be taught at this stage, phonetics and reading are replaced with Latin, rhetoric, literature as well as more advanced classes in arithmetic and the natural sciences.

The Rhetoric Stage is the third stage of the trivium which includes grades 10-12. In addition to learning the most advanced levels of the liberal arts, our curriculum focuses on self-expression and the student’s individual relationship to the Great Books.  The students’ humanities core will revolve around the big philosophical questions such as the definition of justice, morality, and love while the natural science core will emphasize advanced calculus, physics, and biology.

Rhetoric Stage Resources

PDF Distinctives of a Classical Education

PDF 9-12 Program of Study

PDF Grade 12   Sample Achievement Test Scores for Upper School

Liberal Art Skill Content Traditional Form Nearest Contemporary Form
Grammar The art of grasping concepts Etymology, hermeneutics, parts of speech, conjugation, declensions Literatura (generally),

Dionysius Thrax,

Priscian,

Boethius

Classics,

Medieval Literature,

English and American Literature

Logic (Dialectic) The art of conversation Logic, proper questions, modes of reasoning Aristotle Organon Formal Logic,

Research Methods

Rhetoric The art of recognizing all the available means of persuasion in any given situation Cicero,

Quintillian,

Aristotle Rhetoric

 

Debate,

English Composition,

Media Studies

Arithmetic The art of recognizing the modes of unity expressed in discrete number Discrete quantity Nichomachus Arithmetic,

Newton Universal Arithmetic

Arithmetic,

Algebra I,

Sequences and Series (infinite and finite)

Geometry The art of number as expressed in continuous space; deductive reasoning Continuous quantity Euclid Elements,

Descartes La Geometrie

Plane and Solid Geometry,

Algebra II,

Calculus

Astronomy The art of expressing arrays of number in systematic relationships; inductive reasoning, mathematical empiricism; math in time and space Celestial kinematics Aristarchus,

Ptolemy Almagest,

Copernicus De Rev,

Newton Principia

Experimental Physics,

Matrix Mechanics

Music The art of recognizing the real relationships among the modes of unity; mathematical aesthetics; mathematics in time Mathematical proportionalities (both infinite and finite) woven throughout sonic, natural, and social reality Philolaus,

Nichomachus,

Augustine De Musica,

Boethius,

Kepler Harmonies of the World

Cosmology,

Music Theory,

Calculus,

Theoretical Physics,

Theoretical Economics

Taken from The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education by Keven Clark and Ravi Scott Jain. Appendix III: A Summary of the Liberal Arts and Philosophy