THE CLASSICAL MODEL OF EDUCATION
Veritas Classical Schools utilize a time-proven method of instruction that is referred to as the classical model of education. By presenting course materials in the context of each subject’s relation to the others, this model will provide students with the tools which enable them to think, to understand, and to grasp the relationships between the Creator and His creation, as well as between themselves and the subjects they will study. Veritas Classical Schools applies this model in three stages.
~Stage One: Early Elementary (K-4th grade)~
This initial stage focuses on equipping the elementary student with core knowledge in literature, language, history, geography, cultural literacy, critical thinking, and the fine arts. In addition, the curriculum will incorporate methods developed by Charlotte Mason, which include narration, picture study, and nature sketching. Mastery of the first stage is typically accomplished by younger children because of their natural love of learning and the relative ease by which they memorize new information.
~Stage Two: Upper Elementary and Middle School (Grades 5-8)~
During this stage of childhood development, many children begin to challenge authority and question what they have been taught. Stage Two of the classical learning model takes advantage of this natural inclination by teaching the student the laws of logic and the rules of proper argumentation as applied to the study of all subjects. The Veritas approach teaches the student how the truths they are discovering apply to God’s creation. During this stage students will learn that disagreement need not be disagreeable and that their opinions must be seasoned with respect rather than rebellion. The student who develops this understanding will be able to think clearly about what they are learning and to argue for their positions on a variety of topics in an intelligent and appropriate manner.
~Stage Three: The High School Years (Grades 9-12)~
During this final stage, students will further develop the skills taught in the second stage by learning the science of communication and the art of expression. Students will focus on mastering language as they learn to present their thoughts in an articulate, well-reasoned, and convincing fashion. The third stage requires students to express their knowledge of subjects through both written compositions and oral presentations. This stage is especially helpful for students who are studying for the ACT and/or SAT.