What is Classical Education?

What is Classical Education?Classical education belongs to the traditional and enduring stream of education started by the Greeks and Romans, developed by the Church through the centuries, and renewed by contemporary educators. Infused with the liberal arts and sciences, classical education includes the language arts of the trivium – grammar, logic, and rhetoric – and the quantitative arts of the quadrivium – mathematics, science, music, and visual arts. Students study great works of literature and art, both old and new, by methods best suited to their developmental stages. As participants in the great conversation of history’s finest thinkers, students acquire more than vocational skills; they prepare for their roles as informed citizens, thinking Christians, and virtuous shapers of culture.

Classical education was widely embraced in the English-speaking world until the early 20th century, when experiments with alternative forms of education began. The past twenty years have witnessed a resurgence in classical education across the country and a recognition of its proven excellence in preparing young people for college – and more importantly – for life.