Heritage Classical Academy uses the proven classical model of education developed by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Refined through the ages and reintroduced in the United States, this method produces true scholars: students who love to learn, think clearly, listen carefully, reason and write persuasively, and speak precisely.
A Trivium of Learning
What makes classical Christian education distinctive? Its Christ-centered and language-focused approach divides learning into three phases: Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric. Each phase coincides with the natural development of a child.
In the grammar (elementary) stage, students learn the grammar, or facts, of all subjects. Children are introduced to the grammar of each subject through songs, rhymes and jingles and delight in memorizing, absorbing and reciting.
The foundation of phonics, spelling and grammar, history, literature, math, science and Latin are introduced during these formative years.
During the Logic (middle school) years, students’ minds become more inquisitive, curious and prone to question and challenge information. Students learn how to organize facts and data into well-reasoned, cogent arguments. Facts are not enough! There is a strong emphasis on developing students’ reasoning, creating logical frameworks for information, practicing persuasive writing and sharpening their ability to analyze cause and effect relationships.
In the Rhetoric (high school) stage, students develop a deeper sense of how they are perceived by others and want opportunities to express themselves. Therefore, an emphasis is placed on rhetoric, or the students’ ability to effectively communicate their arguments to others through speech and writing. Other modes of communication, such as drama, art and film, are used to round out a student’s ability to present an argument and persuade an audience.
Classically trained students become skilled in critical thinking, writing and debate. They know what they believe and why. Academic subjects are interrelated and integrated, with God and His Word at the center of it all. Students are prepared to serve Christ and His kingdom, as they are equipped to labor for Him, regardless of their calling.