Stratford Classical Christian Academy

Christian Education—SCCA is committed to partnering with parents in offering a Christ-centered education based upon the foundation of Scripture, with God’s written Word integrated with every subject of our curriculum. For example, in our Math classes we teach Math as (1) an expression of God’s personhood and rational character, (2) an aspect of His creation and works, and (3) a display of His glory, beauty, and orderliness within the universe.

Worldview—SCCA is committed to teaching students a Christian worldview that seeks to recognize the Lordship of Christ in every area of life, learning to think and live under His authority as revealed in His Word (Gen. 1:28; Mt. 28:18-20). This entails paying attention and learning what He says is good, beautiful, and true in contrast to what our sinful nature or the world around us says or may believe.

Moral Formation—SCCA is committed to assisting parents in the cultivation of the student’s heart and life in accordance with a biblical concept of discipleship, with the child becoming a follower of Jesus Christ by learning to love and obey His good commandments (Mt 7:12; Mt. 22:36-40).

Classical Education—SCCA is committed to using a Classical approach to education that is age-specific, time-tested, pleasantly rigorous, and that nurtures community. It uses an historic method known as the Trivium, which seeks to teach students the tools of learning so that they become life-long self-learners and reach their highest potential.

Trivium—SCCA is committed to employing the Trivium, which is made up of three stagesof learning: the Grammar stage (grades 1-6th), Dialectic stage (grades 7-8th), and the Rhetoric stage (grades 9-12th).

Grammar—refers to the early stage of learning, sometimes known as the Poll-parrot stage. In this stage, students enjoylearning by memorization, singing, and rhymes so that a solid foundation of learning is laid in each subject.

Dialectic—refers to the middle stage of learning, sometimes known as the Pert stage. In this stage, stud-ents enjoy debating and studying logic. Here they develop their reasoning skills and ability to discern truth.

Rhetoric—refers to the latter stage, sometimes known as the Poetic stage. In this stage, students enjoy talking more, and are taught how to present their ideas and their learning more persuasively, with the goal of being well-educated young Christians in biblical wisdom and eloquence.

In addition to stages of learning, the Trivium also refers to three facetsof learning within eachsubject area: thegrammarof a subject (its fundamental definitions, rules, and facts), the logic of a subject (the relationship of its particulars to each other), and the rhetoric of a subject (how the learning of the gram-mar and logic of a subject may be well-articulated).

For example, when teaching the subject of History, a good teacher will cover the grammar of history (its definitions, sources, rules, and facts), the logic of history (exploring questions of cause/effect, how ideas and events are related to each other), and the rhetoric of history (emphasizing the development of the student’s articulation of their learning of history through writing and oratory).

Accordingly, by employing the Trivium as age-specific stages and learningfacets within each subject area in a Christian learning community, SCCA is committed to providing its families a rich and robust education that seeks to build a legacy of Christian leaders to the glory of God and for the spread of His kingdom (see Scope and Sequence link).