Approach to Instruction
Our approach to instruction is classical as defined by Dorothy Sayers in her essay “The Lost Tools of Learning.” The framework for teaching is the Trivium of classical education, which corresponds with a child’s natural development stages. The Trivium consists of the grammar, the logic, and the rhetoric stages. During these learning stages, we emphasize the following in all subjects taught:
Grammar: The fundamental rules and/or facts of each subject.
Logic:The ordered relationship of the facts in each subject.
Rhetoric: How the grammar and logic of each subject may be expressed clearly and kindly.
During the grammar stage, the focus is on the rules and facts of each subject, but the logic and rhetoric aspects also come into play. During the logic stage, the relationships—such as cause and effect—are emphasized, but facts, rules, and rhetoric are not ignored. The last stage is a time for polishing of the learning of the prior two stages while continuing to learn high school-level content.
Each subject of study at CCS must be learned and properly integrated to its Creator and Lord, and to His written Word, the Bible. Although the Bible does not contain exhaustive detail on every subject, it does provide an authoritative frame of reference for all of life’s truths. Biblical truth will never contradict truth wherever it may be found. Therefore, the study of the Bible is basic to the study and understanding of each academic discipline. Click here to see our Curricular Blueprint.
Bible: Because Calvary Classical School unequivocally affirms the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, Bible education becomes the foundation for all other subjects. Truly it is the cornerstone of learning. The pursuit of truth in all areas of study is founded on the Scriptures. The Scriptures are revealed truth, and they illumine all other subjects (II Timothy 3:16, II Corinthians 10:5, Psalm 119).
Mathematics: Mathematics need to be studied in light of God’s unchanging character and attributes. In mathematics we observe the beauty and order of God’s creation, a reflection of His image. We learn the descriptive power of numbers and concepts as they relate to creation and contemplate their higher meaning (Malachi 3:6, Psalm 90:2, Job 38:4-7).
Language Arts: Because classical education is language based, heavy emphasis is placed on reading and writing. This is very consistent with biblical principles, because God communicates through words and The Word. A fundamental, deep, and comprehensive understanding of language will enable us to glorify God through our use of words and communicate His Truth to a fallen world (John 1:1-13, Hebrews 4:12, Colossians 4:6).
Science: Science is the systematic study of God’s creation using the gift of reason. Studied in light of God’s Word, science is founded on the premise that creation is orderly and can therefore be properly evaluated and comprehended by reason. These ideas are rooted in our view of God being good, communicative, and orderly, resulting in His desire for us to know Him through His creation (Genesis 1:1-31, Romans 1:18-21, Colossians 1:16-17, Psalm 19:1-6).
History/Social Studies: Fundamentally, history teaches us about what God has done in His creation and among His people. It is the progressive unveiling of God’s redemptive work through the ages. Since God has called His people from every “tribe, nation, and tongue,” we must study different cultures and their history in order to see God at work in the world. Through the study of history, we see God’s providence, sovereignty, and judgments (Revelation 22:13, Acts 17:22-28, Proverbs 21:1, Psalm 78 and 103:19, Romans 15:4, Galatians 4:4).
Latin: Calvary Classical School instructs its students in the classical language of Latin. Learning Latin is a rigorous mental endeavor. It improves English acquisition and opens the literary portals of the ancient Romans, the early church, and the Middle Ages.
Music: God commands His children repeatedly to sing to Him and play instruments skillfully (Psalm 33:1-5; 98:4-6; 147:1). We strive to learn and improve the skills of musical performance, so that we can give glory to Him and worship Him fully.
Art: The foundational elements of art were present at creation (Genesis 1:1); therefore, the proper use of art reflects truth about God (Jeremiah 18; Isaiah 64:8). We use artistic excellence to worship Him, to communicate, and to give glory to God (example in Exodus 31:1-11).
Physical Education: The development of the body plays an important part in the growth of the whole person, since our bodies are the temples of the Lord. At CCS, every student is required to participate in our physical education program.