What Is Classical Education

Classical Education

Classical Education is a systematic, rigorous program that develops a student’s ability to think critically and deeply about a subject. It is rooted in the pursuit of objective truth and the process of connecting varying types of information to come to a higher understanding. Ultimately, Classical Education develops the skills needed for analytical problem solving and a lifetime of self-learning. Classical Education consists of three distinct chronological phases: the Grammar Phase, the Logic Phase, and the Rhetoric Phase.

  • Grammar Phase: The first stage of learning, in grades Pre-K–5, in which basic facts are mastered. This stage includes learning the basic structure of a subject, observation, and memory. Direct Instruction ensures that learning is maximized to the highest and most effective level.
  • Logic Phase: The second stage of learning, in grades 6–8, in which students begin to discover why certain facts exist as certainties. Students begin asking questions, hypothesizing, and debating to determine cause and effect relationships and the deeper meaning of realities. The Socratic Method of discussion is introduced here and continues through grades 9-12.
  • Rhetoric Phase: The final stage of learning, in grades 9-12, in which self-expression is developed. Basic facts from the Grammar Phase and logical reasoning from the Logic Phase are combined to critically analyze a topic and develop original conclusions. Learning in this phase primarily consists of developing new knowledge rather than of absorbing existing information. The Thales Academy Senior Thesis is the capstone project of this stage.

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THALES ACADEMY JH/HS ACADEMIC COURSE OF STUDY
6th GRADE7th GRADE8th GRADE9th GRADE10th GRADE11th GRADE12th GRADE
HISTORYAncient & Classical HistoryWestern CivilizationAmerican History & GovernmentThe Near East & the Greek WorldRome & the Medieval WorldWestern CivilizationAmerican History & Government
LITERATUREAncient & Classical LiteratureWestern LiteratureAmerican LiteratureLiterature of the Near East & the Greek WorldLiterature of Rome & the Medieval WorldWestern LiteratureAmerican Literature
MATHEMATICS Saxon 7/6
Saxon 8/7
Pre-Algebra
Saxon 8/7
Pre-Algebra
Algebra I
Pre-Algebra
Algebra I Geometry
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
Geometry
Algebra II
PreCalculus
Algebra II
PreCalculus
**AP Calculus AB
Pre-Calculus
**AP Calculus AB
**AP Calculus BC
Statistics
SCIENCEEarth ScienceLife SciencePhysical ScienceEarth ScienceBiologyChemistry Physics
**AP Physics
TRIVIUMGrammarGrammar/Formal LogicFormal Logic/Informal FallaciesResearch, Writing & RhetoricSocratic LogicPhilosophy & EthicsSenior Seminar (includes Senior Thesis)
LATINIntroduction to LatinLatin 1ALatin 1B**Latin II**Latin III**Latin IV**AP Latin
PE, HEALTH, DIGITAL CITIZENSHIPPE/Health/Digital CitizenshipPE/Health/Digital CitizenshipPE/Health/Digital CitizenshipPE & HealthN/AN/AN/A
*SPANISH ELECTIVE **Spanish I
**Spanish II
**Spanish II
**Spanish III
**Spanish III
**Spanish IV
**Spanish IV
**AP Spanish Lit
*LUDDY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVEExploratory STEMExploratory STEMExploratory STEM**Fundamentals of Engineering Design**Principles of Engineering**Engineering Applications**Engineering Design Project
*GENERAL ELECTIVE(S)Student ChoiceStudent ChoiceStudent ChoiceStudent ChoiceStudent ChoiceStudent ChoiceStudent Choice

*Students may choose up to two electives per school year, subject to adequate interest, duration, and availability. See next page for full elective offering

**Optional coursework. Offering subject to adequate interest. Please note that all high school students must take four years of language (Latin or Spanish).

Junior High Elective Courses

  • Performing Arts
  • Band
  • Advanced Band
  • Chorus
  • Art
  • Personal Fitness
  • Curriculum Assistance
  • Themes in Young Adult Literature
  • Exploratory STEM

High School Elective Courses

  • Performing Arts
  • Band
  • Advanced Band
  • Chorus
  • Art
  • Personal Fitness
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Spanish III
  • Spanish IV
  • Curriculum Assistance
  • Economics in Action
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Forensics
  • AP Blended Learning
  • Individualized Blended Learning
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Engineering Applications
  • Engineering Design Project
  • AP Psychology
  • Speech & Debate
  • Shakespeare in Western Tradition
  • Female Voices of Western Literature
  • Economics II: Marketing
  • Religious Foundations of Civilization
  • Learn to Lead (L2L)
  • College Preparedness
  • Flex: College Admissions 101

*Students may choose up to two electives per school year, subject to adequate interest, duration, availability, and location. All courses listed above may not be offered at one time.