What is Classical Education?
In short, classical education is a return to the roots of Christian learning. Classical education is a model of education that draws deeply from the history and culture of Western civilization employing methodology based on the Trivium, a time tested three-stage approach to learning. The three phrases and components of the Trivium are grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
Beginning with grammar, students learn the basic facts and principles of a given subject. In keeping with the developmental needs of the child, this elementary phase is followed by formal logic in the middle school years. Structured debate, comparisons and analysis are encouraged across the disciplines. Finally rhetoric teaches the art of persuasive communication but never in isolation from real knowledge. Therefore, writing and speaking form part of the learning in every subject during the high school years.
In content, classical Christian education seeks to impart the knowledge necessary for a broad and critical awareness of the world and human society. Classical Christian educators understand that trusting and revering God is the first and most important step in acquiring knowledge. To this end, all instruction at Cornerstone acknowledges that God is evident in creation, sovereign through history, fully revealed in His Son Jesus Christ, and intimately concerned with mankind as individuals. Our students are shown how history displays God's providence, how mathematics manifests the order and symmetry of His creation, how language provides the tools necessary to further His kingdom, how science reveals His actions and methods and how the creative arts demonstrate the indelible mark of God upon man through the exercise of finite creative abilities.
At Cornerstone the educational opportunity that we offer is a means to an end. Our ultimate goal is to equip students with the knowledge, skill and vision necessary to be effective leaders and servants for our Lord Jesus Christ in whatever vocation He may call. We seek to raise a generation of young people who love the Lord Jesus Christ with all their hearts and minds and who are able to articulate the Gospel and fundamentals of the Christian faith with clarity, fidelity and power.