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Teaching how to think instead of what to think

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The Classical Method is divided into three phases known as the Trivium: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. As a Pre-K through 8th-grade school, ICCS’s students will learn through the Grammar Phase (K-5th grade) and the Logic Phase for (6-8th grade).
Grammar Phase (K-5th Grade) Students in the Grammar Phase use songs, games, and chants to memorize foundational knowledge of phonics, literature, languages (Latin and Spanish), math, science, and history. These activities directly correspond to students’ developmental phases, creating the perfect blend of learning, retention, and fun.

Logic Phase (6-8th Grade) Students in the 6th-8th grades naturally begin to ask questions; as they learn, they want to know “why.” During the Logic Phase, students will use their foundational skills to form independent thoughts, using what they have learned to think and analyze critically. Respectful, well-organized arguments are part of the learning process and exploration is encouraged.

In all subjects throughout each phase, religion is incorporated not only as a class, but as a lens. Classical Education emphasizes truth, beauty, and goodness. God gives us the gift of knowledge and truth. Whether it be through the teaching of Virtues, the viewing of classical works of art, or the discovery of God’s creativity through math and science, Classical Education demands that all subjects be taught as God-breathed knowledge that we are privileged to explore and discover. This approach encourages students to view the world around them with a sense of awe and wonder, strengthens our Catholic faith, and gives us a deeper connection to our Creator.

Please call our Office of Admissions at (901) 435-5344 or email Cathy Armstrong to learn more about Classical Catholic education at ICCS.

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