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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.

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