What is Classical Education? - Ivywood

What is Classical Education?

Classical schools are unique among school choice options for three main reasons. They offer…  

  1. A virtuous education
  2. A content-rich curriculum
  3. A traditional classroom environmentStudents at Ivywood will be immersed in a unique educational community within and beyond the school walls. We believe this philosophy is transformational and promotes a love of lifelong learning.

Moral character does not come from an approach to teaching character as a means of discipline or when it is convenient. Children need an intentional and consistent teaching of virtue that is why at Ivywood, high academic achievement, personal discipline, moral character and responsibility will be consistently reinforced through the study of subjects in the classical tradition.

A classical education delivers real content. Students learn about historical events, characters, stories, fables, myths, scientific facts and mathematical proofs. They read whole literary works in great depth, and they learn to approach books with moderation to learn and courage to question.

A classical classroom prioritizes the authority of the teacher and their expertise and responsibility to deliver knowledge to students. Students are not the passive recipients of knowledge, but active participants in the discussion, incorporating the Socratic method of engaging dialogue between the student and the teacher.

Classical education upholds a standard of excellence and has proven itself over the course of time. It is a long tradition of education that has emphasized the seeking after truth, goodness and beauty of the liberal arts. The classical approach teaches students how to learn, how to think and trains the mind.

Regardless of backgrounds, experiences, economic status or other variables that create uniqueness among students, all will be part of a shared community of learning.

Classical education embraces the concept of educating the whole child and the notion that children are more than their standardized test scores.

Watch the video to see why bringing an authentic classical curriculum to our community is such a gift.