Veritas Lake Martin utilizes a Christian classical education model. Learning is divided into two complementary parts called Trivium and Quadrivium.
The trivium is the heart of Christian classical education, and is based on a humanities driven approach to education. Students are taught to explore, understand, analyze and communicate the world from a Christ-centered view of life, language, and relationships. The key content areas of humanities include Language Arts (literature, writing, vocabulary, penmanship, spelling, etc.); Social Sciences (history, geography, culture, societies, etc.); Religion (Bible, theology, ethics, worldview, philosophy, etc.); and key Integrated Skills (research, logic, debate/speech, technology, communications, critical thinking, etc).
Bible/ Theology, English language, Literature, History, Social Sciences, Languages, Logic, and Communication (oral and written).
The second area Christian classical education is called quadrivium. The quadrivium is the study of particular subjects including Math, Science, STEM, Play/ Recreation, Fine Arts and other electives.
Christian classical education is organized into three developmental learning stages commonly referred to as Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. Although these stages are primarily reflective of approaches, methods and outcomes associated with he trivium or humanities curricular the embedded skills and learning provide a great framework for the quadrivium (math, science and electives).
The first stage: Grades K-4
Mastery of the first stage is typically accomplished by younger children because of their natural love of learning and relative ease by which they memorize new information.
Grammar school will emphasize student exposure to and comprehension of core knowledge in literature, language, history, geography, cultural literacy, critical thinking, and the fine arts.
In addition, the curriculum will incorporate methods developed by Charlotte Mason, including narration, picture study, and nature sketching.
The second stage: Grades 5-8
In this stage of development many children begin to challenge authority and question what they have been taught. Logic school takes advantage of this natural inclination by teaching the student the laws of logic and the rules of proper argumentation as applied to the study of all subjects.
Students learn how the truths they are discovering apply to God’s creation and how to think clearly about what they are learning, allowing them to argue for their positions on a plethora of topics. Students learn that disagreement need not be disagreeable and that their opinions must be seasoned with respect rather than rebellion.
The third stage: Grades 9-12
During the final stage of the Trivium, students focus on learning the science of communication and the art of expression. Students focus on mastering language as they learn to present their thoughts in an articulate, well-reasoned, and convincing fashion. Students express their knowledge of subjects through both written compositions and oral presentations.
This stage is designed to help prepare students for college, career, and adulthood. Students will be allowed to focus on specific objectives such as career skills, college exam prep (ACT, SAT or CLT), scholarship searching, internships, or research and writing skills.
Christian classical brings together what a student needs to learn using the means that best suit the student developmentally to provide the best possible educational atmosphere for cultivating the heart, soul and mind. Comprehensively Christian classical education offers each student a well rounded liberal arts education ensuring they have the faith, knowledge and skills to thrive today and tomorrow.