What is Classical Education?

South Carolina Preparatory Academy (SC Prep) is a tuition-free, public, online academy that embodies the principles of classical education. Combining traditional education with innovation, SC Prep provides South Carolina students in grades 6-12 with an enriching learning experience rooted in the classical tradition. Let’s delve into what classical education is.

The Basic Principles of Classical Education

Classical education is an educational philosophy that draws inspiration from ancient civilizations, particularly the Greeks and Romans. It seeks to cultivate students who are well-rounded, thoughtful, and equipped with the tools necessary to thrive in an ever-evolving world. This approach emphasizes the pursuit of truth and virtue through a curriculum structured around the trivium and quadrivium. A students is working at her table on her laptop. She is looking at the screen.

The Trivium

At the heart of classical education lies the trivium, which consists of three stages: grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

During the grammar stage, students acquire a foundation of knowledge and develop language skills. They explore the fundamental principles, facts, and rules that form the building blocks of various subjects.

Moving to the logic stage, students delve deeper into critical thinking and reasoning. They learn to analyze information, make connections, and develop logical arguments. This stage equips them with the intellectual tools needed to approach complex subjects with confidence.

In the rhetoric stage, students learn to articulate their ideas with eloquence, engage in meaningful debates, and become persuasive speakers and writers. This stage encourages students to think independently and present their knowledge and beliefs with clarity and conviction.

The Quadrivium

In addition to the trivium, classical education incorporates the quadrivium, which comprises four subjects: arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. These disciplines provide students with a solid foundation in mathematical and scientific principles, fostering a deep appreciation for the connections between subjects.

Classical education is an enduring educational philosophy that empowers students to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and compassionate individuals. SC Prep embraces this educational approach, offering  students a robust foundation for academic success and personal growth. Join us for a free traditional education with the flexibility of an online academy!

About SC Prep

South Carolina Preparatory Academy (SC Prep) is a tuition-free, online public charter school serving students in grades 6-12 across South Carolina. Combining traditional education with innovation, we offer a rigorous curriculum and experienced teachers.  We empower our students to collaborate, problem-solve and think critically; skills necessary for success in college and the 21st century. Our tight-knit community fosters meaningful relationships and supports flexibility in learning, ensuring that every student’s needs are met on their journey toward academic achievement and personal growth. Join us for tradition, innovation, and excellence!