After School Roundtable Discussions, Starting Feb. 2

A Classical Education

The heart of classical education beats in its standards of excellence. Although classical education takes its origin in the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, its soul lies in the richness and diversity of our modern American culture. Study of the classics -the best that we were, the best that we are, and the best that we hope to be- unites rather than divides us through the common thread of our humanity. The charge and burden of a classical education is to be a modern Ulysses in search of newer worlds, always seeking, finding, and never yielding.

A classical education fosters self-discipline, knowledge, and a love of learning. These qualities empower students to better understand both the strengths and the weaknesses of our modern ways of living. The classical curriculum outlined below remains to be a requisite not only for students’ continuing education at the college level, but also for their successful performance in contemporary society, whether at work, in society at large, or within the family.

The disciplines which make up the classical course of study are:

  • A knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar and literature of the Latin language, which in turn, strengthens the knowledge of English grammar, assists in developing a good English vocabulary, and lays a foundation for logical thinking.
  • A knowledge and understanding of English, American, and World literature.
  • The development of accurate and effective expression in written English.
  • A knowledge of the history of the past 4,000 years, intended to increase the understanding of the culture in which we live.
  • A knowledge and understanding of modern foreign languages and literature, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, or Spanish.
  • A knowledge of mathematics and science, intended to increase the understanding of the physical environment in which we live and prepare students for an increasingly technological world.
  • A greater knowledge and appreciation of art and music, both of which provide a more direct emotional experience of ideas than the more purely intellectual areas of study.
  • Participation in physical education, with the purpose of aiding in the development of a healthy body as home to a well-nourished mind.