A classical, Christian paradigm is different from other approaches to learning in our understanding of the purpose of education, the way we teach, and the content we teach. This is certainly true of the education offered at Trinity Academy.
Classical educators believe that there is an “ideal man” and that the purpose of education is to help individuals become more like the ideal. For classical, Christian educators, that ideal is met in Christ. He exhibits all the characteristics we strive to produce in both our students and in ourselves. Beginning with even our youngest Transitional Kindergarten students, we endeavor to intentionally model and instill the Godly characteristics of virtue, grace, self-discipline, discernment, wisdom and eloquence in our students through our teaching methods, our curricular choices, and both our personal and collective daily Biblical pursuits.
Trinity’s rigorous program is based upon some assumptions about how children learn and how material should be presented to them. To master any subject, a student must first learn its basic facts and terminology (Grammar Stage), reason clearly about it, apply it (Logic Stage), and communicate its ideas effectively and with style (Rhetoric Stage). The design of our curriculum is determined by the belief that these stages are related to phases in child development, but that they apply to the mastery of any subject regardless of the age of the student.
Trinity Academy’s lower school provides the Grammar Stage foundation for our students by introducing new subjects with explicit vocabulary, pertinent facts, and the mastery of basic skills.
Trinity Academy’s lower school provides the Grammar Stage foundation for our students by introducing new subjects with explicit vocabulary, pertinent facts, and the mastery of basic skills. Does this sound a bit stodgy and boring? Walk through our halls on any given day, and you may get a glimpse of the following: the singing of grammar jingles, the pairing of students memorizing historical speeches or Scripture, a group of enthusiastic, bouncy boys and girls using motions and words to recite a historical timeline, or singing silly rhymes to learn the basic human body systems. Listen to tales of field trips to Civil War battlefields, “Living Wax Museum” presentations, and replications of Edenton tea parties. We are serious about what we teach and how we teach it, but we are at the same time winsome and energetic in our delivery and style.
…grace-filled teachers using time-tested teaching methods in an academically challenging, yet developmentally appropriate atmosphere.