Classical Education

Pierce Park Classical education studentClassical Education

Classical Education is offered at Pierce Park Elementary.
 Classical Education is a model of education following an ancient pattern called the trivium which divides learning into three distinct stages: Grammar (grades K-4); Logic (grades 5-8); and Rhetoric (grades 9-12). In the spring of 2009, the Boise School District Board approved adoption of a public Classical Education program to be located at Pierce Park Elementary School. With Classical Education, the early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves.
This rigorous program is language focused. Other subject areas of the curriculum are linked to the history studies, including classic literature and writing. There is no specific Classical Education course offered at the secondary level. The Classical Education curriculum is fully integrated into a variety of courses offered at jr. high and high school.  The skills listed below are components of the adopted Idaho Common Core standards in History and English. 
Grammar (K-5)
This stage teaches skills in core subject areas of reading, writing, and arithmetic while building a broad framework of knowledge in history, literature, language, and scientific investigation.
Logic (6-8)
This stage builds on the foundation of knowledge established in the grammar stage by teaching students to analyze, question and critically think about topics studied. Integrated into World History, World Studies, and all English courses in our jr. high schools.
Rhetoric (9-12)  
Adding to the previous stages, students apply their knowledge and critical thinking skills while learning to express themselves verbally and write articulately. Classical Education is integrated into History of Western Civilization, AP European History, AP World History and all English courses in our high schools.