A classical Christian education aspires to cultivate students marked by wisdom, eloquence, and virtue. Such cultivation takes place under the guidance of teachers who have integrity, character, knowledge, and wisdom who implement the classic curriculum.
PHASE ONE Grammar
Young children learn the building blocks of knowledge or “grammar.” The fundamentals of all subjects–SCIENCE, MATH, HISTORY, culture, the ARTS as well as LANGUAGE–are the facts, rules, and vocabulary. They learn the Great Story of the loving purposes of God as found in Holy Scripture.
Children also begin to learn Latin during the Grammar phase as this language not only serves as the underpinning for much of the English language and vocabulary, but it also begins to train the mind to think precisely and logically.
PHASE TWO Logic
As children mature, they naturally seek understanding by asking “why” and by looking for relationships among specific pieces of knowledge. Logic focuses on equipping students to discern truth from falsehood, the right relationship of facts to the whole.
In this phase, children are taught formal logic, logical fallacies, and reasoning skills through tools like the Socratic method and Aristotelian logic.
In Scripture, right understanding is a prerequisite to good judgment and sincere obedience to truth.
PHASE THREE Rhetoric
This is the capstone of the Trivium. Its goal is godly wisdom preparing effective AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST. The Rhetoric phase trains students to be able communicators through the development of skills in APPLIED SCIENCE, the written word, speech, DRAMA, and the FINE ARTS.
Students learn to speak and write well and to relate to their audience with clarity and persuasion. Students also will be equipped to defend their FAITH and commend it wherever they are called (2 Corinthians 5:20).