Early Grammar School (Grades K-2)
Children at this age love stories. The focus of the Early Grammar School is to capitalize on their desire for great stories by giving them the tool of phonics to be able to read on their own. Young students also enjoy exploring and engaging in the world around them. We begin to direct their fascination with the world into praise to God the Creator through nature walks, Psalm-singing, creative projects, and physical fun.
Grammar School (Grades 3–6)
Children are developmentally equipped to memorize quickly, easily, and joyfully during this period, so the grammar stage focuses on teaching students the language (or grammar) of a subject – its structure, rules, and vocabulary. For instance, they learn times tables in math class, names of rivers and states in geography, verb endings in Latin, names of kings in history, and so on. It may seem monotonous work for an adult, but children at this age enjoy it!
Logic School (Grades 7–9)
The goal of the Logic School is to capitalize on the student’s developmental stage of asking, “How come?” and “Who says?” by teaching them to analyze information. Students will learn the rules of logic in a formal class and utilize them in every other course. A combination of Socratic and Harkness discussion around a table is the primary teaching method, helping students master the art of asking great questions and developing a template for how to approach new subjects. This prevents mental shutdown when presented with an unfamiliar task, topic, or philosophy, because the student has “learned how to learn.”
Rhetoric School (Grades 10–12)
As children become young adults and seek to express themselves, we teach them rhetoric. The goal is to take the student beyond knowing truth to speaking it boldly in love. There is a formal rhetoric class, but moreover, every course emphasizes public speaking, writing, and presentation. To cultivate independent learning, students are challenged to find solutions and answers on their own before teacher instruction is provided. The culmination of the classical education is the Senior Thesis, allowing the student to employ all the acquired skills and knowledge for its defense.
Our Curriculum Overview provides a brief description of the course offerings at Agape Christi.
Our Curriculum Chart lists some of the specific resources we use in each course.