Classical Education




Grace Academy employs the classical model of education. The trivium (Latin for “three ways”) consists of the first three of the seven great liberal arts, (the other four being arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy) and defines the core of learning for the k-12 grade, classically educated student.

The trivium was practiced during Greco-Roman times, formalized in the medieval period, and nearly universally embraced by educators in the English speaking world until the early 20th century. This method teaches with the natural grain of the developing child, recognizing three developmental stages of learning: grammar, logic (also called dialectic) and rhetoric.

  • The Grammar stage (grades K-5) is devoted to the learning of fundamental facts and rules of each subject. Delightful instructional methods such as singing, memorizing, and reciting are emphasized. Basic Latin instruction also begins in second grade.
  • The Dialectic stage (grades 6-8) is committed to teaching students how to analyze, reason, question, evaluate and critique. Logic, the art of arguing correctly, is a core subject introduced during these ages as the student learns to think clearly about life.
  • In the Rhetoric stage (grades 9-12) the students learn how to express orally and in written form what they know and what they are learning. Debate, apologetics, speech, essay writing, and drama are emphasized as a means to equip students to be effective communicators. The rhetoric stage, built on a foundation of accumulated knowledge, is truly the capstone of the Trivium. Content unique to this classical approach will also include the interdisciplinary study of literature and ancient history within the framework of a Biblical worldview.

For more on the classical education model:

• download this document titled “What is Classical Education?”.
• Read “The Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers


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