WHAT IS CLASSICAL EDUCATION?
We believe the most effective way to create both an academically challenging and Christ-centered school is through the method known as the classical approach to education. This approach systematically uses the natural development of the child's mind to introduce information, teach them to think through and critically examine information, and express themselves and their own unique ideas.
Classical schools were the norm for thousands of years - until the industrial revolution in the early 1900s. Classical education is a proven method that was used to train some of the greatest minds from Homer to many of our country’s founding fathers.
AN INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL EDUCATION
Classical Academic Press, a renowned publisher of classical curriculum, created "An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents." They've kindly granted permission for us to share it with you. We strongly encourage you to read this guide to better understand the goals and methods of classical education and what we do at Classical Christian Academy.
When students study Latin, they are learning how to learn. That's because Latin is a systematic language. It has clear rules, which means students must train their minds to pay attention to details and memorize endings, then apply what they know to what they're seeing in order to translate.
There are tangible benefits, too. Latin students have a greater understanding of the English language, which derives 60% of its vocabulary and much of its grammar from Latin. Studying Latin also helps students understand other foreign languages, increases SAT scores, and helps in STEM subjects whose vocabulary is closely derived from Latin.
Until the 1920's Latin was commonly studied in grammar and secondary schools. It was part of the education of our founding fathers and the world's greatest thinkers.
To learn more about why we study Latin, we encourage you to read this document, "Why Latin?" by Karen Moore from Classical Academic Press.