Good Shepherd Classical Academy is a homeschool co-op that follows the classical model of education: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.
Classical homeschool education is based upon the Trivium, a teaching model that tailors the curriculum to the way a child develops cognitively. All three stages — grammar, logic, and rhetoric — are taught from a Christian worldview, grounded in Holy Scripture, and confess God the Father as the Creator and Jesus Christ, His Son, as the Redeemer of the world.
The grammar stage covers the early years. Young children will be introduced to new topics, concepts, and ideas and encouraged to practice, observe, and record things for later exploration. Concrete thinking and memorizing of facts are emphasized, laying the foundation on which the next stage is built.
The logic stage covers the middle years. Children will sort through facts they learned, analyze them logically, ask questions to better understand, and start to form arguments with these facts. Abstract thinking is developed during this stage, putting in place the building blocks on which the final stage is constructed.
The rhetoric stage covers the later years. Teens will integrate the facts they learned and analyzed in the previous stages and apply them to their lives in a meaningful way. This final stage cultivates the ability to have discussion and debate on topics using clear, articulate language, and to deliver a speech convincingly and persuasively.
Though all of homeschooling can be done in the home, our co-op partners with parents to provide classes that are often more conducive to a group setting. Good Shepherd Classical Academy exists to partner with you, help your child learn and grow, and round out your home education with solid group classes, all in a Lutheran setting that extols Jesus Christ and is faithful to God’s Word. Lori, our lead teacher, has nearly two decades of classical homeschooling experience. She is happy to answer your questions and show you around (leave a message and contact info with the church office and Lori will return your call).
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”