School of Logic

In the School of Logic, students continue to advance in skill areas and to accumulate knowledge; however, more focus is placed on developing analytical thinking skills and the capacity for abstract thought. 

The logic stage is also known as the “dialectic” stage because there is more of a give-and-take conversation between students and instructors. Instructors will build upon the Socratic method of guided questions to help students learn to reason, develop conclusions, and discover relationships between fields of knowledge.

Students in the First through Fourth Levels of the School of Logic (5th – 8th grades) are expected to demonstrate the ability to move beyond facts to integration and analysis. For instance, in the study of literature, the grammar stage student would be expected primarily to show comprehension, whereas the logic stage scholar is asked to interpret and evaluate the way in which multiple elements of fiction contribute to the meaning of the text. In science, we use the development and testing of hypothesis. In mathematics, we develop a student’s ability to logically orient numbers through the more abstract concepts of algebra, and geometry.


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Instructional Methods

A classical education requires more than “specific” or “classical” content. The methods used to deliver the rich content to the students are as important as the content itself that is being taught.

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In the Logic stage, students are interested in cause and effect and the way facts fit together in a logical framework. Classical education teaches them persuasive writing and speech, debate, and guided critical analysis.

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