Classical Christian Education

The classical Christian culture of Abiding Savior Academy

Our teachers, staff, and pastors endeavor to model Christ’s character as we support parents committed to raising children who know and love Jesus Christ. We have a responsibility to train our students in biblical truths that transcend subject matter and inform every facet of life. Not only do we seek to teach our students biblical knowledge, but in line with the extensive tradition of Classical Christian education, our students learn how God encompasses all knowledge: math, logic, literature, art, music, science, physical education, and history.

Classical Christian education utilizes the Trivium, which in Latin translates as “three roads.” Ancient Greco-Roman education was structured around the trivium – the three roads of learning – which consist of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Grammar refers to the comprehension of facts. Logic refers to the understanding of relationships among these facts. And rhetoric refers to an individual’s eloquent expression of this understanding.

Modern Classical Christian education recognizes that each component of the Trivium corresponds well with a child’s general learning development. In the earliest years, students’ minds are well-suited to memorize information. The introduction of phonics, math rules, biblical and other historical timelines, fits naturally in this grammar stage as their minds function well to absorb and retain that which they hear around them. As students become older, they begin to question and ask “why?” In this logic stage of learning, they learn to think conceptually and to see how facts fit with one another. Finally, in the rhetoric stage, students, eager to assert their independence, learn tools to express what they have learned, as well as present reasoned arguments based on what they have learned, in a way that is both edifying to society but also glorifying to God.

The goals of Classical Christian education are to know our Creator by more fully understanding the world around us and to develop within each student an ability to master new subjects and to express what they learn in a cohesive, articulate, and persuasive manner.