What is classical Christian

 

As a classical Christan school, Westminster teaches all subjects as parts of an integrated whole with Scripture at the center. We aim to equip children for the future with methods that have proven successful for over 1,500 years and give them the tools to learn and think for themselves. We strive to operate as an extension of the family under the biblical principle that education is primarily the responsibility of family and intentionally plan our curriculum with the end in mind, so that our very youngest are already learning the skills building toward an eloquent and confident graduate.

Classical Christian schools frame their education in terms of the Trivium; three stages based upon the verbal arts of Grammar (the fundamental rules and content of each subject), Logic (the ordered relationships in each subject), and Rhetoric (how grammar and logic are expressed). The Trivium works through a progression that corresponds with a child’s natural stages of development.

The Stages of the Trivium

Grammar

Memorizing
The Grammar stage begins in our youngest grade. At this point in their lives, a child’s mind is like a sponge that can quickly and easily retain information. In this stage, we focus primarily on mastering the facts of math, basic science, literature, scripture memory, and language to build a solid foundation. In 2nd through 6th grades, students also learn the basics of Latin grammar, vocabulary, and translation through song, skits, illustration, and composition.

Logic

Analyzing
In the Logic Stage, students begin to reason. Students take the facts mastered in the Grammar Stage and learn how to organize and apply them, build structured arguments, and challenge ideas in an open forum. In order to utilize these developing skills, students are expected to think logically and discuss actively in their classes, preparing them for deep and meaningful exploration in all subjects within a Christian world-view. Formal study of logic begins in 8th grade, but all students are intentionally taught sound reasoning skills beginning in Grammar School.

Rhetoric

Synthesizing
Rhetoric is the final stage of the Trivium. Teens in the Rhetoric Stage are most concerned with self-expression and persuasion. In order to guide these interests in a positive direction, students learn the skills necessary to communicate across all disciplines in both speech and the written word. Formal study of rhetoric begins in 10th grade, but the basic skills of public speaking and winsome argumentation are instilled through all levels of Westminster.

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