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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.  Watch the videos below to learn more about the classical Trivium, and to see how a school community centered around the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes fertile soil for joy, wonder, and lifelong learning.

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.  Watch as a fourth grade class effectively applies the rules of English grammar through chants and songs.

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.  Watch as an eighth grade student uses formal logic to quickly test the validity of a set of propositions.

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.  Watch as a Rhetoric student presents how he solved an applied math problem.