Christ Dominion Academy is happy to open enrollment to its School of Grammar (grades K-6), School of Logic (grades 7-9), and School of Rhetoric (grades 10-12). All three schools of the Academy have been under development for several years, with great care and study committed to the Philosophy of Education, faculty qualifications and classical curriculum choices. The following is a general overview of all three schools of the Academy.
SCHOOL OF GRAMMAR
scientia et delectatio
(Knowledge & Delight)
The Trivium gears its instructional approach to the learning styles of each age group. Elementary children are natural “memorizers.” They mimic songs, advertisement slogans, poems, secret code words, anything that interests them. Taking advantage of this skill, Christ’s Dominion Academy uses a variety of drills, games, songs, and chants to help children memorize all the facts (or “grammars”) of each subject.
To this study is added hands-on activities and first-hand experiences to allow children to experience for themselves the wonder and beauty of God’s creation.
The ultimate goal for the student is knowledge and delight: delight in the Lord, delight in the order and beauty of His creation, and delight in learning. This becomes a rich foundation upon which to build understanding and integration in the later levels of learning.
The School of Grammar concentrates on a mastery of the basics in each subject in a fun, multi-sensory environment.
SCHOOL OF LOGIC
ordo et sapientia
(Order & Wisdom)
In the junior high years, students naturally question what they previously accepted. Rather than suppress this tendency, classical education uses it to help them seek the order and reasoning in each discipline. It is at this level that Christ Dominion Academy will require courses in logic with the completion of a mastery test for each course.
Students will be taught to examine everything they read and hear for validity and truth, using the Word of God as their final authority. Classes will be conducted with less lecture and more interactive discussion with the teacher, thus it is also called the “dialectic” stage. A variety of viewpoints will be researched for each topic, helping the student discover not only what has happened in history, but why those things have happened.
To accomplish this thoroughly, students will be taught to look beyond textbook “summaries” and seek primary sources whenever possible, thereby developing strong research skills. Along with this questioning format, students will study the Old and New Testament with a focus on Psalms and Proverbs to gain wisdom and respect for the God-ordained authorities in their lives.
The School of Logic emphasizes the logic in each subject area and has discernment as its goal.
SCHOOL OF RHETORIC
perfectio et humilitas
(Maturity & Humility)
The final stage of the Trivium assists high school students by integrating the different subject matters that are so often separated in schools today. Christ Dominion Academy will follow a history-driven curriculum, believing that “nothing happens in a vacuum.” Students will be taught to see the consequences of ideas in each time period studied. Their study will begin with the question, “How does the prevalent philosophy of the time impact the politics, art, literature, music, science, etc. of that time period?”
With a clear understanding of the times, and the examples of great literature to inspire them, students at this level will further be trained in written and verbal communication skills so that they may be able to persuasively articulate the truths they have discovered in their research and discussion. Perfection, in the biblical sense of completeness, will be combined with humility to produce thinking, reasoning, persuading Christians ready to reclaim our culture for Christ.
The School of Rhetoric integrates subject matter while teaching students to speak and write accurately and persuasively.