Welcome to the School of Logic!
Junior High is a critical age in the life of a child. Grammar students enter the School of Logic as old children and exit as young adults. What happens in between is unique, exciting, and challenging for students, parents, and teachers alike:
- Safety Net: The School of Logic offers a safety net where mistakes can be forgiven and failures can be redeemed that won’t be there again once students enter the School of Rhetoric.
- From Concrete to Analytical: Student’s transition from more concrete thinking in the School of Grammar to more analytical thinking that questions, challenges, and tests what they are learning.
- Teaching by Discussing: Teachers tailor their teaching method from a more formal didactic approach in the School of Grammar to a less formal Socratic approach that seeks to draw students into discussion, debate, and dialogue where their understanding is enlarged and their capacity for critical thought is developed as they learn to justify their beliefs.
- Joining the Great Conversation: As students add understanding to their knowledge, they begin to move from mere spectators to actual participants in the “great conversation” of the Western intellectual tradition.
During these years our teachers and coaches walk with students and guide them as they mature intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and socially.
Goals for Logic Students
In addition to their regular course of academic study, our main goals for students in the School of Logic include the following:
- Deepening their knowledge and relationship with God
- Becoming active self-learners and critical thinkers
- Mastering organization and time management skills
- Learning disciplined independent study habits
- Developing healthy friendships and peer relationships
- and learning how to think and debate critically and logically – skills they need in order to excel academically in high school and beyond!
Curriculum for Logic Students
- Logic: Students learn the science of correct reasoning through their study of informal and formal logic. Logic teaches students to use deductive and inductive techniques of reasoning to discern truth from error and make sound arguments and valid inferences.
- Mathematics: Through the study of pre-Algebra, students learn to break down complicated and abstract problems into approachable equations.
- Science: Students explore the mechanics of the cosmos and learn to think critically about the philosophy of science and the methods of scientists, including learning to develop and test hypotheses.
- Literature: In exploring the visions and narratives of modern literature, students develop their own coherent ideas and writing voices, culminating in the 8th grade Junior Thesis project in which students research, write, and defend an original thesis on a topic of their choosing.
- History: Students examine the consequences of events and ideas, focusing on modern history from the 16th through 21st Century completing the survey of history begun in their elementary years.
- Bible: Students examine doctrines and learn about systematic theology, building on the overview of the Bible learned through the Grammar School years, and preparing students for the survey courses that begin in the School of Rhetoric.
- Latin: Students grasp the order and structure of language and improve their vocabulary read, translate, and speak Latin.
- Fine Arts: Students develop their aesthetic appreciation and artistic talents through music, drama, and studio arts.
- Physical Education: As student’s continue to develop physically, they discipline and train their bodies through exercise, sport, diet, and health.