Classical in Method
There is constant change in modern educational fads. Regents Academy prefers the proven methods of the past that have produced well-educated students. The classical method, with its biblical roots, found clear expression during the highly productive medieval period of history. This method came to be known as the trivium because it focused on three stages of learning.
The first stage of learning any subject is called grammar (knowledge). This is where students learn the basic vocabulary and facts of any particular subject. The second stage is referred to as dialectic or logic (understanding). At this point students are taught logic skills as they learn the relationships of the various parts of a subject. The final stage of the trivium is known as rhetoric (wisdom). Here the goal of learning finds expression in the student’s ability to articulate what they have learned and to apply their knowledge to new situations.
Classical in Content
At Regents Academy this tried and tested classical method is applied to every subject. We offer courses in English, literature, arithmetic, science, history, geography, Bible, and fine arts. Going beyond these standard subjects, we also provide solid training in the classical fields of Latin, logic, and rhetoric. These special disciplines equip students with the academic tools and skills necessary for advanced studies and a lifetime of learning.
Why Classical Education?
On April 25th, 1524, in a letter to a friend, Martin Luther wrote, “I beg you to do your utmost in the cause of training the youth. For I am convinced that the neglect of education will bring the greatest ruin to the gospel. This matter is the most important of all.” Luther was persuaded that, in order to further the cause of God’s kingdom and truth, there must be passion and diligence employed in the education of children. We are equally persuaded. And we know of no better means of “training the youth” for these ends than classical Christian education. Why?
First, because classical Christian is inherently transformational. That is, by being immersed in the truths of the gospel and the great ideas of Western culture, students are changed. Teaching for wisdom and virtue rather than mere vocation alters the focus of education to who we become, not what we know. Few, if any, educational philosophies make such claims. But, in classical Christian education transformation is the noble aim of everything we do. We seek, with the Apostle Paul, to be “transformed by the renewal” of our minds (Rom. 12:1-2).
Second, classical Christian education emphasizes teaching students how to learn, not what to think. Students are taught to understand the basic components of an idea, synthesize and connect those components with others, and then formulate and articulate their own ideas about it. By providing the “tools of learning” students can approach any subject, idea, or problem with the needed knowledge and skills.
Third, classical Christian education instills the love of learning. By employing developmentally appropriate instructional methods, a challenging and dynamic curriculum, and above all, extraordinary teachers, students simply love to learn. Their God-given desire to know is captured and cultivated by an exciting and joy-filled learning environment.
These are just a few of the reasons why so many parents have chosen to educate their children in the classical Christian tradition. Martin Luther believed the matter of educating children is “the most important of all.” Take time and prayerfully consider how you may honor Christ in fulfilling your obligation to raise your children in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).
Philosophy of the 3 Schools
Grammar: K — 6th Grade
Every academic subject has its own grammar—the basic building blocks and facts that must be learned. At the grammar stage a child’s mind is a lot like a sponge, and memorization comes easily and enjoyably.
Logic: 7th — 8th Grade
In the junior high years, we emphasize connections and interrelations. We study the why and how of each subject. The study of formal logic (fallacies and syllogisms) comes here, and the art of debate begins to emerge.
Rhetoric: 9th — 12th Grade
High school students are interested in presenting themselves well, so we take advantage of this stage by teaching them how to express their ideas most effectively—through beautiful, respectful, creative, and persuasive speech and writing.