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Classical Education Stages

Grammar Stage

`Children sitting outside playing instruments under a beautiful tree, representing the Grammar Phase of classical education and inspiring wonder and awe`

Via Classica courses typically commence at Grade 3, introducing students to the Grammar stage. However, older students who are commencing a classical approach to education at a later stage can still benefit from courses in this stage. During the Grammar stage, the primary focus is on acquiring foundational knowledge and skills. Students engage in comprehensive learning across various subjects, building a solid understanding of fundamental concepts, facts, and vocabulary. Memorisation and recitation play a vital role during this stage, as they lay the groundwork for future learning and critical thinking. The pedagogical approach of classical education places a strong emphasis on the mastery of language, grammar, and classical texts. Students are exposed to classical literature, delve into historical events, and may even study languages such as Latin or Greek. By immersing students in the wisdom, art, and knowledge of ancient civilisations, this approach aims to cultivate a deep appreciation for their contributions to human history and understanding. The Grammar stage serves as a crucial foundation for students as they progress to the Logic and Rhetoric stages, where they further refine their analytical and persuasive abilities.

Logic Stage

Socrates, Shakeaspeare and Queen Elizabeth II having a socratic discussion about wisdom and tradition.

The Logic stage is a significant phase in classical education, specifically targeting students in Grade 5 to Grade 8 in Australia, although older students are also welcome to enrol. Building upon the foundational knowledge gained in the Grammar stage, the Logic stage focuses on developing students' critical thinking and reasoning skills. During this stage, students learn to analyse, evaluate, and draw connections between different subjects and ideas. They explore logical arguments, engage in debate, and learn to think critically about the information they encounter. The curriculum includes subjects such as classical literature, latin, and history, providing students with a structured framework to apply their logical reasoning abilities.  Through the Logic stage, students develop the skills necessary to discern truth, identify fallacies, and construct well-reasoned arguments. 

Rhetoric Phase

Ancient Greek town square. Informed citizens.

The Rhetoric stage is the pinnacle of classical education, catering to students in Year 9 and above in Australia. Building upon the foundational knowledge acquired in the Grammar stage and the critical thinking skills developed in the Logic stage, the Rhetoric stage focuses on refining students' persuasive abilities and effective communication. During this stage, students learn to articulate their thoughts and ideas with clarity, eloquence, and conviction. They delve deeper into the study of rhetoric, persuasive writing, and public speaking, honing their skills in presenting well-constructed arguments and engaging an audience. The curriculum encompasses subjects such as advanced literature analysis, advanced mathematics, and advanced sciences, challenging students to apply their critical thinking skills in complex contexts. Additionally, students explore advanced concepts in history, philosophy, and social sciences, developing a comprehensive understanding of the world and its interconnectedness. The Rhetoric stage places a strong emphasis on developing independent thought, encouraging students to think critically, question assumptions, and form their own well-informed opinions. Via Classica doesn't have any classes at this level. We may offer some courses in Semester 1 , 2024, if we receive interest from families.

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