Because classical education aims to cultivate the whole person, we start the process on a child's first day of school. As every parent of a toddler knows, the process of shaping a child's loves and forming good character can—and must—begin early! Our JK through 12 curriculum is conceived and designed as a whole, with goals and a trajectory that begin on day one.
In The Liberal Arts Tradition (Clark and Jain, 2014), the authors offer a model for classical Christian education with six curricular categories that build on each other: piety, gymnastic, music, liberal arts, philosophy, and theology. The first four are especially important for the Lower School, and they guide our curriculum choices as we work to shape our students' loves at their current level of ability while building a firm foundation for deeper study in the years to come.