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The Trivium at Rockbridge Academy

Rockbridge Academy is more than just a K-12 private school.  It is a community of Christian families dedicated to teaching their children how to think by using the classical method.  Our school community, centered around the gospel of Jesus Christ, becomes fertile soil for joy, wonder, and lifelong learning. Come for a visit or schedule a tour to experience the school firsthand. 

Known as the "three ways," the Trivium is an ancient system of teaching knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in a progression of three educational stages:  Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric.

The Grammar Stage

(K-6th Grades)

The Grammar level teaches the youngest concrete thinkers how to master the facts, rules, and categories of any subject through chant, song, and story, while filling them with a sense of wonder in learning.  

The Dialectic Stage

(7th-9th Grades)

The Dialectic level capitalizes on the middle school student's inclination to question, and by teaching debate and logic, enables them to analyze arguments and synthesize thought in all subjects.  

The Rhetoric Stage

(10th-12th Grades)

The Rhetoric level recognizes that high school students want to make an impact on their world, so they are equipped to combined grammar and dialectic skills with writing and speaking that is articulate and winsome.  

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