Catholic Classical Liberal Arts Education is based on the education model of medieval Christendom. It brings together three subjects of the trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric) and the four subjects that make up quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music). We reach the pinnacle of the week by bringing all of the learning together with our Enrichment Fridays. Learn more by clicking the buttons below!TRIVIUMQUADRIVIUMENRICHMENT FRIDAYSRESOURCESREGISTER NOW
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Classical Education returns to the traditional approach by fostering curiousity and questioning rather than simply presenting facts. It encourages students to inquire into life’s fundamental questions. The essence of Classical Education lies in understanding God’s creation, discovering God’s identity, and recognizing oneself as a child of God. All students are inspired to pursue the good, the true, and the beautiful throughout their lives.
This is the foundation of Classical Education and outlines the educational stages for children’s development, emphasizing the progression of: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. Despite each stage having a primary focus, all skills are developed throughout.
This is the beginning subject that prioritizes memorization and understanding how to speak well and form proper sentences. There is a focus on learning Latin as the foundation for all romantic languages. More than 60% of all English words have Greek or Latin roots.
Once students can confidently speak and listen, they learn how to reason and think. Logic allows young minds to intelligently pursue and discover truth, think about ideas, and think about God and His created world. Logic also allows young minds to discover who they are, in an ordered and well reasoned way.
Finally, students take their ability to speak, write, reason and intellect and use those tools to persuade, enter into discourse, and argue in the true sense of the word. There is no appeal to emotion or feelings. Rhetoric allows those who have this skill to bring others to truth through rational discussion.
The Quadrivium, Latin for four ways, is the upper part of the seven liberal arts which consist of the four mathematical arts: Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy.
This foundation deals with the study of numbers and the basic operations performed. It serves as the foundation for more advanced concepts and is essential in everyday life for tasks.
Next the students study shapes, sizes, properties of space, and relationships between them. Geometry plays a crucial role in understanding the spatial aspects of the physical world
Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects, such as stars, planets, galaxies, and the universe as a whole. It involves observation, analysis, and interpretation of these celestial phenomena.
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Students can then begin to understand and grow in relation to God. This is the culminiation as there are inherent mathematical and structural elements present in each of the four disciplines.