Classical Curriculum

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At St. Frances of Rome Catholic School, our curriculum is based on the Trivium, Grammar Stage (Knowledge), Logic Stage (Understanding) and Rhetoric Stage (Wisdom).

Guided discovery; explore; use a lot of tactile items, sing; play games; chant; recite; color; draw; paint; build; use body movements; short creative projects; show and tell; drama; hear/read/tell stories; field trips.

A lot of hands on work; projects; field trips; make collections, displays, models; integrate subjects; immersive language; recitations; memorization; drills; games.

Time lines; charts; maps (visual materials); debates; persuasive reports; drama re-enactments; formal logic; oral/written presentations; guest speakers; field trips.

Drama; oral presentations; guide research in major areas with goal of synthesis; speeches; debates; give responsibilities e.g. working with younger students; in-depth field trips; worldview discussions.

A fundamental belief of classical educators is that studying Western Civilization, with its triumphs and its failures, must be central to education. For the Christian, Western Civilization teaches us much about our origins and our theology. Our origins must be studied if we are to understand what makes us who we are and what factors will influence our future. Most theological matters have been decided within the backdrop of Western Civilization. Without a knowledge of our history, we are left to re-experience age-old heresies. From economic systems to mathematics to music, Western Civilization provides a rich context in which to build knowledge and wisdom. History offers us much if we will only make the effort to learn its lessons.

In the pursuit of Truth, Goodness and Beauty, students will be prepared intellectually, socially and physically while practicing their faith within the precepts of the church. Students attending St. Frances of Rome School are taught how to learn, think and converse.

This classical model of education was used by the great thinkers and leaders of the past, including Aristotle, Plato, C.S. Lewis, and Thomas Jefferson.