Classical Education, as a rule, refers to a method of study based on three distinct stages of learning. The first stage is the grammar stage and is the setting for memorization of many facts. This stage typically fits children between the ages of 6 and 10 years of age. The second stage is the dialectic and logic stage. It typically encompasses students age 11-13 years of age, encouraging them to ask “why” questions within the safety of a classroom environment and their home. The third stage is the rhetoric stage, which builds on the first two and incorporates students age 14 and up. This stage springboards upper-level-students towards the ability to debate and form a world view based on the information gathered in the first two stages. At this stage, the student begins to become the teacher. This is also the stage when serious collegiate prep work begins.
A Classically Eclectic Education refers to a method of education which provides coherence between subjects. For example, students study the history of the world in chronological order. At the same time, their history relates to their geography. Analyzing classic literature becomes a springboard for writing and worldview. It is a method of study which serves to promote an understanding of the world in a cohesive fashion.
These areas of study are often confused and fragmented in a traditional method of teaching, and the classical method allows us to showcase each area of study, but tie them together so that they make sense as a whole. This has a remarkable effect on helping students develop into well-rounded, intelligent leaders.
World history and biblical history are also often fragmented. A Christian classical education will highlight how these two areas of study fit together as a unit. Wellmont classes make a point of joining biblical knowledge to world history, literature and science in a cohesive manner in order to foster a balanced world view for students.