Kalos Christian Academy is a classical Christian school discipling children’s hearts and minds to love what is True, Beautiful, and Good. Scripture is the ultimate authority; all academic studies are taught from a Biblical worldview through classical Christian pedagogy with the aim of mastery and the pursuit of Wisdom.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.-Psalm 90:12
Classical Christian Education
Classical education is the teaching model influenced by ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. They emphasized pursuing values called transcendentals: truth, goodness, and beauty and laid the foundation for the seven liberal arts – grammar, logic, and rhetoric (Trivium) and arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy (Quadrivium).
Later, Augustine combined the classical methods within the context of Christian education and subsequently led to the development of classical Christian education. This was the primary style of pedagogy through the middle ages and into the early 20th century. Then in the early 1900s, modern philosophers began to dilute and remove Christianity from education. However, in the 1990s, classical Christian education was beginning to see a revival.
Classical Christian education applies the time-tested classical education methods with Christ as the core. He is the creator and ruler of all things and the source of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Therefore, the priorities of classical Christian education are discipling the child’s heart and mind to know God, to love what He says is True, Good, and Beautiful, and to equip them to do good works for the glory of God. The aim is to develop the whole person into a Christ-like, free-thinking citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Stages of Classical Christian Education
The Trivium’s three phases of learning correspond with the stages of a child’s cognitive development.
The Grammar Stage (K-5) is made up of the younger years. Children love to acquire knowledge. They learn best through the collection of facts, songs, chants, playing games, and repetition. Moreover, students regularly utilize learning tools like phonics, arithmetic, and narration. The mastery of these tools and the acquisition of facts are the foundation for further academic study.
The Logic stage (6-8) is when the adolescent mind seeks to understand. They lean into the “why” and ask complex questions. Students are now ready for formal logic training to guide them to reason and make sound arguments.
The Rhetoric Stage (9-12) is where students begin to regularly apply their understanding of the knowledge they have acquired to the world they know and seek Wisdom. The questions they ask are more complex, and their ideas are more dynamic. Consequently, they begin to express themselves effectively through the art of written and spoken communication.
Kalos Christian Academy is a member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools. Watch the video below to see what we are about and what we are inviting you to be part of.