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Essentials of Classical Education

Classical Education is

  • Language-intensive (not image-focused)
  • History-intensive
  • Trains the mind to analyze and draw conclusions
  • Requires & develops self-discipline
  • Produces literate, curious, intelligent students

Subjects in the Classical Curriculum

  • Literature
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Math
  • History
  • Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Music
  • Art
  • Electives

Three Stages of Learning

  1. The Grammar Stage: This stage is generally grades 1-4 and is focused on absorption, which is why at Denton Classical Co-op, grades 1-4 focus more on the input of new ideas and information and less on the output of testing and evaluating.
  2. The Logic Stage: Children typically begin to enter the Logic Stage in about 5th grade. At Denton Classical Co-op, the classes in grades 5-8 are designed for Logic Stage children, and are focused on critical thought.
  3. The Rhetoric Stage: Children begin to transition into the Rhetoric Stage near 9th grade. At Denton Classical Co-op, the classes in grades 9-12 are designed for Rhetoric Stage children, and are focused on expression.