As a classical Christian school, Westminster integrates all subjects together with Scripture at the center. We aim to equip children for the future with methods that have proven successful for over 1,500 years by giving students 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. Our curriculum is intentionally planned with the end in mind, so that our very youngest are already learning the skills building toward a successful future.
Classical Christian schools frame their education in terms of the Trivium; three stages based on the verbal arts of Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. The Trivium works through a progression that corresponds with a child’s natural stages of development.
The Stages of the Trivium
The Grammar stage begins in our youngest grade. 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.
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 and build structured arguments. In order to utilize these developing skills, students are expected to discuss actively in their classes. This prepares them for a deep and meaningful exploration in all subjects within a Christian world-view. The formal study of logic begins in 8th grade, but all students are intentionally taught reasoning skills beginning in Grammar School.
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 to communicate across all disciplines in both speech and the writing. Formal study of rhetoric begins in 10th grade, but the basic skills of public speaking and argumentation are instilled through all levels of Westminster.