Academics at Eukarya Christian Academy include Classical Christian Education Philosophies
At Eukarya Christian Academy we follow the classical educational philosophies that are defined in Dorothy Sayer’s Essay, “The Lost Tools of Learning”. In this essay, classical education is defined in 3 developmental stages and describes what may be expected at each developmental stage of classical Christian academics.
- Stage One: The Grammar Stage
Kindergarten through 5th grade
- Stage Two: The Dialectic Stage
6th through 8th grade
- Stage Three: The Rhetoric Stage
9th through 12th grade
Students at Eukarya are presented a large amount of factual material. Memorization is easy for the student in this stage of development so we recite in Language Arts, we chant and sing in Latin, and we play games and use flashcards in Mathematics. In this way, our students learn the concrete facts of mathematics, grammar terms, phonics, historical dates, science terms, and Bible knowledge.
Students are taught to think analytically about the facts learned during the Grammar Stage. Since students are developmentally ready for abstract concepts, Eukarya teaches Formal Logic for a full year during this stage. Using the tools learned in logic, teachers can assign cross-curricular projects, ask students to formulate opinions and theories, create opportunities for research, and encourage students to investigate, debate, and communicate their thoughts orally and in writing.
Students demonstrate their abstract thoughts with wisdom and reason. The knowledge learned during the grammar stage and the understanding of how those facts relate in the dialectic stage is then further applied while exploring deeper into classic literature, mathematics, history, Christian apologetics, and laboratory sciences. A prominent feature of Rhetorical level classwork at Eukarya is the use of the Omnibus Curriculum. In Omnibus students further build their knowledge of history, social sciences, culture, and literature and apply it through constructive dialogue and criticism. Students are armed with the ability to write persuasive essays, research papers, and complete cross-curricular projects.
Teaching the trivium (the three classical stages) through a Christian worldview prepares students for lifelong learning. Grammar, logic, and rhetoric are not merely subjects and stages but are tools of learning that may be applied to any subject. Every subject whether it be a language, history, science or knowledge contains fundamental grammar, a logical understanding of how those parts work together, that can be assimilated and communicated rhetorically. Classical education empowers its student with tools to approach any subject.