Academics

What is Classical Christian Education?

Classical Christian Education is a time-tested method of equipping students to become lifelong learners. At Coram Deo Academy, we combine this methodology with a distinctly and consistently Christ-centered approach.

Academics

What is Classical Christian Education?

Classical Christian Education is a time-tested method of equipping students to become lifelong learners. At Coram Deo Academy, we combine this methodology with a distinctly and consistently Christ-centered approach.

Discipleship:

Christ is the light by which we find knowledge and truth in every area of learning. As such, we view all subjects through the lens of Scripture. Students learn from faithful Christ-followers through instruction, imitation and practice.

Scholarship:

Classical education adheres to a process of learning known as the trivium. Each level (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) aligns with a student’s stage of development to maximize learning. The trivium emphasizes the disciplines of reading, speaking, Latin, and logic so that wisdom and critical thinking become part of a student’s DNA. After graduation, these qualities enable students to continue their lives with curiosity and examination and live well through adversity in a way that glorifies God.

Discipleship:

Christ is the light by which we find knowledge and truth in every area of learning. As such, we view all subjects through the lens of Scripture. Students learn from faithful Christ-followers through instruction, imitation and practice.

Scholarship:

Classical education adheres to a process of learning known as the trivium. Each level (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) aligns with a student’s stage of development to maximize learning. The trivium emphasizes the disciplines of reading, speaking, Latin, and logic so that wisdom and critical thinking become part of a student’s DNA. After graduation, these qualities enable students to continue their lives with curiosity and examination and live well through adversity in a way that glorifies God.

 

The three stages of the classical learning process include:

Grammar Curriculum

The grammar stage of kindergarten through fourth grade teaches the building blocks of understanding and the fundamental concepts of every subject. Students are trained in memorization using techniques such as repetition, singing, and rhymes. The study of Latin also begins in this stage. Students explore the Bible and history chronologically and read important works written during the time periods studied. As students in this stage learn to imitate the truth, they develop the critical foundation for the following phases of learning.

Logic Curriculum

The logic stage in fifth through eighth grade advances a student’s critical thinking skills through informal and formal logic, persuasive writing, speaking, and debate. Students begin to question analytically and examine ideas and arguments in our world. In this stage, they acquire the skills to evaluate these ideas and separate what is true from what is false.

Rhetoric Curriculum

The final stage of rhetoric occurs in ninth through twelfth grade. The rhetoric stage prepares students to solve problems, express their beliefs through speech and writing, and continue learning independently in the years to come. These skills require perseverance. A rigorous senior capstone project cultivates this, as well. This phase is the culmination of the trivium and completes the training that helps set the course of their lives. While CDA does not currently have this level available, we look forward to offering it in the near future.

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