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.
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.
|Liberal Art||Skill||Content||Traditional Form||Nearest Contemporary Form|
|Grammar||The art of grasping concepts||Etymology, hermeneutics, parts of speech, conjugation, declensions||Literatura (generally),
English and American Literature
|Logic (Dialectic)||The art of conversation||Logic, proper questions, modes of reasoning||Aristotle Organon||Formal Logic,
|Rhetoric||The art of recognizing all the available means of persuasion in any given situation||Cicero,
|Arithmetic||The art of recognizing the modes of unity expressed in discrete number||Discrete quantity||Nichomachus Arithmetic,
Newton Universal Arithmetic
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,
|Astronomy||The art of expressing arrays of number in systematic relationships; inductive reasoning, mathematical empiricism; math in time and space||Celestial kinematics||Aristarchus,
Copernicus De Rev,
|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,
Augustine De Musica,
Kepler Harmonies of the World