What is Classical Christian Education?

The Trivium

Classical Christian Education is often defined as a three-stage process called the trivium. The trivium itself is an instructional method that encompasses the three elements of the classical disciplines: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. This pedagogy is applied from the earliest lessons through the latest as an effective response to the changing stages of development. All aspects of education are instructed and discipled through a Biblical worldview in order to create strong foundations of faith and Christian interpretation in each student. 

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01.

GRAMMAR 

Children are most receptive to information and can more readily memorize.
 

Focus is placed on reading, writing, and spelling, an introductory study of Latin, math proficiency, scientific facts and reasoning.


 

History is taught through a Biblical lens including the study of major Bible stories.


 

Students are given the tools to master elements of language and develop a general framework of knowledge. 

Kindergarten to 5th Grade

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02.

LOGIC

Logical discussions, engagement in debates, and drawing correct conclusions with supporting facts is emphasized.
 

 

The pedagogy equips students  to detect fallacies in an argument.
 


The skills developed promote discerning and thoughtful students – those who know when to follow and when to lead.
 


Focus is placed on reading, writing, and spelling, an introductory study of Latin, math proficiency, scientific facts and reasoning.


6th Grade - 8th Grade

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03.

RHETORIC

Students are taught at a high level of academic rigor by teachers who are experts in their field.
 

 
Teachers guide students to be distinctive in their faith and articulate their faith in a proper manner
 


Students develop communication and leadership skills to further the kingdom of Christ.
 


Students add to their godly character persuasive speech and writing to glorify God.


9th Grade - 12th Grade

Classical Tools and Methods at SHCS

01.

GRAMMAR 

  • Veritas Press Curriculum (Bible, Language Arts, History, Reading)

  • Classic works of Literature & History     

  • ACSI Science Curriculum 

  • Weekly Chapels 

  • Introduction to Latin 

  • Saxon Mathematics Curriculum

  • Assessments such as Terra Nova and STAR reading & math

  • Annual Science & History Fair

  • Weekly “Memory Period” with lessons in Geography, Latin, Bible, and History

02.

LOGIC

  • Various curricula such as Memoria Press, Veritas, Saxon Mathematics, Pearson, McGraw-Hill

  • Logic strategies incorporated into English class

  • Integrated Science which introduces students to fundamental concepts of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and more

  • Assessments such as Terra Nova, PSAT, and STAR reading & math

  • Emphasis on Classical Literature

  • Electives: Art, Choir, or Drama

  • Weekly Chapels

  • Annual Science & History Fair

  • Student clubs & organizations

03.

RHETORIC

  • Various curricula such as Memoria Press, Veritas, Saxon Mathematics, Pearson, McGraw-Hill

  • Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors classes all of which emphasize rhetorical skills in both speaking & writing

  • Bible classes with Apologetics emphasis 

  • Emphasis on Classical Literature 

  • Assessments such as Terra Nova, SAT/PSAT, ACT, and STAR reading & math

  • Speech & Debate elective

  • Annual Science & History Fair

  • Weekly Chapels 

  • Annual Spiritual Retreat 

  • Student clubs & organizations 

  • Annual Europe Tours 

  • Fine Arts classes: Art, Choir, Musical Theater

Computer Arts

​Technology can be a powerful tool when properly used. SHCS students begin typing and basic coding classes beginning in K5. Upper School students may take courses such as Graphic Design, AP Computer Science Principles, and Computer Art and Design (CAD). Students are able to create through the medium of technology. They are also given the foundational skills to succeed in a 21st century environment.