What is a Classical Education?
Classical education is unique in that it seeks to faithfully restore the most proven form of education ever developed. This education produced the greatest thinkers, leaders, and scientists in the Western world from the time of the Greeks until the late 19th century.
What makes Classical education so effective?
First, it is based on what has been called the Trivium. No matter how your child learns, he or she goes through three stages.
The first stage is the Grammar stage (grades K-5). Students are geared toward learning and using language. Students are excellent at memorizing. In the Logic Stage (grades 6-8), students become more argument-oriented. They are ready to be taught logic and critical thinking.
The Rhetoric Stage coincides with high school. By this time students become independent thinkers and communicators. The American Classical School prepares our middle school graduates for rhetoric, the art of speaking, communicating, and writing so they will be well prepared for success in high school.
ACS integrates literature, history, language, art, math, and science. Students read the great works of Western literature and philosophy. Classical languages (Latin and Greek) help students understand and think with greater depth about the world around them. Formal logic and introductory rhetoric help students become great leaders and communicators. Classical teaching methods range from class lectures, to debates, to Socratic (discussion-oriented) teaching. The Harkness table method is used in our upper grades. Independent learning skills are sharpened at all grade levels.