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Classical Education


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Classical Education


Classical education has been around for millenniums and has produced many great thinkers throughout history; in fact, both Aristotle and Socrates classically educated their students.  Therefore, classical education is not a trend but is a tried and true methodology with proven results.  Classical education is divided into three stages ( the trivium) based on age and development: Grammar Stage, Logic Stage, and Rhetoric Stage.

Grammar Stage

Students in the Grammar Stage are eager learners and are able to memorize easily.  This is the stage of learning where a strong foundation of factual information is being built.

Age: 0-4th Grades

Definition: Gathering of facts & knowledge

Focus: Gaining information

Methods: Repetition, music (rhythm), memorization, and competition

Core Classes: Math, science, and grammar

Goal: To discover

Action: To know

Big Picture:  Knowledge

logic stage

Students in the Logic Stage have a strong foundation of knowledge and are now ready for abstract thought.  The Socratic Method (teaching without making statements and instead asking questions) is employed in the Logic Stage and demands students engagement and participation leading to learning through self-discovery.  Students in this stage are starting to look at the world around them and ask questions about the facts they have been taught.

Age: 5th-9th Grades

Definition: Comparing of known facts to other facts (even unknown)

Focus: Arranging information (making relationships)

Method: Questions (Socratic Method)

Core Classes: History, literature, Latin, Bible, and logic

Goal: To reason (define)

Action: To compare

Big Picture: Understanding

rhetoric stage

Age: 10th-12th Grades

Definition: Judgment (conviction) to apply (and to help others apply)

Focus: Explaining information

Methods: Argument, persuasion, debate

Core Classes: Theology (interpretation), government, rhetoric

Goal: To apply

Action: To explain

Big Picture: Wisdom

 

 

The primary difference between modern (current) education and classical education is that classical education prepares students to influence the world by teaching them HOW to think and HOW to persuade, while modern education teaches students WHAT to think and WHAT to believe.
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Goals


Goals


Christ-Centered Goals

In all of its levels, programs, and teaching, CCA seeks to:

 

Classical Goals

In all of its levels, programs, and teaching, CCA seeks to:

  • Emphasize grammar (the fundamentals of each subject), logic (the ordered relationship of particulars in each subject), and rhetoric (how the grammar and logic of each subject may be clearly expressed).
  • Encourage every student to develop a love for learning and live up to his academic potential.
  • Provide an orderly atmosphere conducive to the attainment of the above goals.
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Bible, Latin, & logic


Bible, Latin, & logic


The Bible, the inerrant Word of God, is the supreme standard for all of the Christian faith and life, including educational institutions.  Since CCA does not assume a specific denomination, teachers teach the essentials of the Christian faith.  In nonessential issues, teachers communicate a response which represents the diversity of Christian denominational positions.  Teachers encourage students to talk to their pastors and parents about specific denominational differences.  Bible is taught in every grade and is incorporated in all subjects at CCA.

CCA introduces Latin to students starting in the 3rd grade and continues through the 8th grade. Studying Latin helps students to build mental discipline and to better understand, articulate, and compose in English. It is the basic stepping stone in building an expansive vocabulary by understanding where and how words are derived. Latin also gives students the ability to break down words to figure out their meaning. 

Students are introduced to informal Logic in the 6th grade and advance to formal Logic in 7th and 8th grades.

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Fine Arts


Fine Arts


Here at CCA, we take a vested interest in the arts. Each one of our students participate in a fine art starting in pre-k all the way through middle school. Our band and choir programs are fantastic and perform several times a year at various locations including our spring and winter concerts. Our students begin learning recorder in 4th grade to prepare them for band or choir starting in 5th grade. Our lower grades begin taking music appreciation in pre-kindergarten where they learn to appreciate God's gift to us through music and begin to see how we can turn our appreciation for his great love into praise through song. Our art program is a fundamental part of our classical education model.  All students take art, and topics of study and exploration are integrated with classroom studies.

Art
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Excelsior


Excelsior


Webster defines excelsior as "higher"; the Excelsior class is our gifted and talented program and serves students who need to be challenged academically in addition to the regular classroom. Taught by Mrs. Becky Coleman, a state-certified gift teacher with a depth of knowledge and experience working with gift and talented children, Excelsior provides qualified students with advanced learning opportunities. All students in Kindergarten through 5th grade (with parental consent) are tested through creativity and IQ screenings.