What is Classical Education?

“A nation is best unified by being taught in childhood the best in its moral and intellectual heritage.” 

E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

Training the Mind, Strengthening the Heart

Classical Education for Modern Times

The ancients created a blueprint of a political, cultural, and moral order—aiming at justice—from which Western civilization has been built. In their own education, the Founding Fathers mastered that classical blueprint and from it, with important additions of their own, built our country. We shall never truly understand the monument unless we examine the blueprint and the subsequent building of the structure. To understand the world around us, we, too, must go back to the sources – those of the good, the true, and the beautiful. Thus, a classical education ultimately produces students whose hearts and minds are focused on goodness, truth, and beauty, and who are able to reflect these things into the world around them.

True, Good, and Beautiful

Live Well

Classical education creates lifelong learners and prepares young people to live well in freedom and independence. Young graduates who are able to use their knowledge of the past to make good decisions in the present, and to plan wisely for the future, will be in high demand and prepared to flourish in whatever they choose to pursue. As classically-educated students graduate and enter their adult lives, our communities and ultimately our nation reap the rewards.

Education Stages

Classical education is delivered in three stages – grammar, logic, and rhetoric. While each stage focuses on different skills, all skills are incorporated throughout a student’s education. Below is a brief explanation of each stage.

Grammar | K-5 

Throughout the grammar stage, children learn the facts of each subject. Every subject is built on factual information from phonics to times tables to the periodic table. This foundation prepares students to think critically and communicate well in the future.

Logic | 6-8 

In the logic stage, students learn to think critically, analyze information, and begin arranging facts into organized statements and arguments.

Rhetoric | 9-12

Students who have learned the facts of a subject, developed the ability to ask good questions, and formulate arguments are ready to focus on communicating those thoughts and evidence to others.

Sign up for our newsletter

Keep in Touch!

If you are interested in the work of Liberty Classical Schools, please submit your name and email. Stay up-to-date on Liberty news and ways to get involved.