The aim of classical education is to mature students by aligning them to the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.  Through rigorous study and consistent practice of virtue, the student learns to act in accordance to what he knows to be right.  In this, students are able to reject the immediate and baser inclinations and press on towards the more permanent and lasting values of this life.  All this produces character and maturity.



     Answers the question of who, what, where, and the when of a subject.

     Learning at every level requires the acquisition of the basic building blocks of that subject.  In the early stages students have a proclivity to and find enjoyment in information consumption.  This is acknowledged and highlighted through the learning procedures at this stage:

  • Chants

  • Songs

  • Rote Memorization

  • Sound-Off

  • Catechism

  • Disputatio

  • Latin (starting grade 3)



     Answers the why of a subject.

 Relations between basic facts constitutes the development of logic.  The development of clear thinking requires that basic facts are not held in contradictory relations.  Students at this stage begin to wrestle with the authoritative grounding given to their beliefs and knowledge.  Formal training in logic gives students at this age the proper tools to reason well.  The learning procedures at this stage include:

  • Formal Logic

  • Geometry

  • Discussion

  • Debate

  • Progmynasmata

  • Argument examination

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    Provides the how of a subject.

    Rhetoric is the ability to formulate and create a well formed expression or application of knowledge and understanding previously gained.  Rhetoric teaches one to communicate well in order to persuade.               Students in the rhetoric emphasis learn how to synthesize what they have learned and apply it in a new way.  Learning procedures at this stage of development include:

  • Impromptu

  • Invention

  • Arrangement

  • Style

  • Memory

  • Delivery

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