Classical Model

The goal of a classical Christian education is to come alongside parents in providing students with a Biblical foundation for their lives and the tools of learning. With these tools they can potentially master any subject and glorify God with their lives.

Our Curriculum covers the subjects you would typically expect, while the classical model provides a time-tested structure that helps children learn in ways that match the natural development of a child’s mind. Young students spend time absorbing facts in playful ways, laying the foundations for advanced studies. In the middle grades, students learn logic and reasoning. In upper grades, they begin to express themselves persuasively through speaking and writing.

This classical pattern is called the trivium, which is divided into three developmental stages: grammar, logic and rhetoric. As a whole, they form a three-part process for training the mind.

The classical approach to education was originally developed during the Middle Ages and then further refined during the Renaissance. The model has experienced a revival in recent decades among both private schools and homeschooling families. While the classical model can also be applied in a secular setting, it is especially popular with faith-based schools because it is effective in providing a rigorous education within a Christian worldview. Midland Christian School is a member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools, Christian Schools International and the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools.

The classical model provides our framework. Learn more about Our Curriculum.

Our Favorite Links about Classical Christian Education

What is Classical Christian Education? – A summary developed by the Association of Classical Christian Schools.

Classical Conversations – A support network for Classical Christian homeschooling.

Classical Christian Education: The Essential Guide for Parents – An excellent starting point for understanding the classical model in contrast to modern education.

Definitions of Terms Related to Classical Education –A resource developed by the CiRCE Institute (Consulting and Integrated Resources in Classical Education).

The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers – A frequently cited essay describing the Trivium of grammar, logic and rhetoric that helped spur the modern revival of classical education.

Classical Education Movement on Wikipedia – An independent, crowd-sourced overview.

Why Christian Education? – Jim Drexler of Covenant College explains the misconceptions and necessity of Christian education.


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