Classical education seeks to stir the heart and the intellect to invite curiosity and ignite a passion for learning. It is less about training for a specific, temporal vocation and more about learning to think and live with an eternal purpose.
Our classical approach to education is a language-rich method of study that helps train students to recognize and love what is true, good, and beautiful. It is well-rounded in the study of science, math, chronological history, literature and poetry, English grammar, Latin, and the arts. This form of education has its roots in antiquity and for centuries has helped students become lifelong learners.
Classical education differs fundamentally from traditional education in its focus on the interrelation of all knowledge. Math relates to science which relates to logic. Literature relates to history which relates to art and music. Above all, a Christian Classical education pursues the integration of all knowledge under the sovereignty of God through theology.
“THE SOLE TRUE END OF EDUCATION IS SIMPLY THIS: TO TEACH MEN HOW TO LEARN FOR THEMSELVES; AND WHATEVER INSTRUCTION FAILS TO DO THIS IS EFFORT SPENT IN VAIN.”
— DOROTHY SAYERS
Classical education also refers to teaching students how to progress through three stages of learning called the Trivium. These include the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric stages of learning that aligns with a child’s stage of learning. In each stage, literature is critical to the learning of history, art, science and culture.