St. Paul Lutheran School follows a classical education model for its curriculum and approach to teaching and learning that is fully accredited by the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education. We believe there are three stages to learning, commonly called the Trivium:
Grammar, which focuses on learning facts
Logic, which focuses on understanding
Rhetoric, which focuses on integration and synthesis
In the Grammar stage, the student is a sponge; they want to see all the dots connected and have someone show them how they connect. In the Logic stage, the student can see the dots but wants to connect them himself. In the final stage, the Rhetoric stage, the student learns to synthesize all he has learned; not only can he connect the dots but produce them as well.
This systematic, rigorous approach to teaching and learning dates back to the ancient Greeks and has served Western Civilization for millennia in teaching and integrating knowledge into a cohesive unit. A 2010 study comparing traditional Lutheran schools to classical Lutheran schools demonstrated consistently higher test scores in four areas (reading, language, mathematics, and core total) for all grades of the classical Lutheran schools compared to the non-classical Lutheran schools.
In a culture where schools have become consumed with mere competency and basic skills, classical education seeks to transform, elevate, and refine the mind and the soul to create a life-long love of learning. Wisdom, eloquence, virtue, and beauty are end goals.
Our curriculum includes the teaching of: