The curriculum at CDA is taught classically through an approach to learning known as the trivium. The trivium consists of the three arts of language: grammar, logic and rhetoric. We can think of these as arts of reading and writing well, thinking well, and communicating well. In more recent times these arts have been connected with stages of child development.
In the grammar stage of learning, the focus is on breaking new concepts down to the required fundamental skills or facts and mastering them through memorizing jingles, chants, and songs.
The logic stage is the study of the relationship of those parts and how they fit or work together, as well as examining arguments.
Finally, the rhetoric stage requires students to articulate their learning through oral and written expression. Students, continuously learning through this time-tested process, acquire the skills that will prepare them to study even more challenging subjects in the future. They are prepared for whatever God ultimately calls them to do because they have mastered the art of learning itself.
At Coram Deo Academy, students in PK4 through 12th grade complete a rigorous, vertically aligned, and systematic course of study. History is studied chronologically from the dawn of the ages to modern times, which provides the outline for the study of literature, art, music, and science. Students read the best authors, such as Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, and Dickens, which not only encourages critical reasoning and sharpens students’ writing abilities, but also develops the moral imagination as students grow in their love for what is good, true, and beautiful. Through the study of mathematics and science, God’s creation and order are clearly illustrated.
Students begin the study of Latin in third grade, which develops logic and problem solving skills while reinforcing a student’s understanding of grammar and language. Studies have shown that students who study Latin perform better in other subjects, on the SAT, and have higher college GPA’s.