A classical education embraces excellence in human achievement. Such exposure to excellence gives witness to goodness, beauty and truth, and thereby, to God, and awakens in the student the deepest sensibilities to all that is good and noble. The Catholic classical curriculum follows humanity’s search for the truth, a search that finds its complete fulfillment in the Incarnation of the Son of God.
The classical liberal arts curriculum at Regina Angelorum Academy incorporates the three stages of the Trivium: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Grammar is presented first, in kindergarten through sixth grade. The grammar stage involves imitation, memorization, and practice, for which the young student is well suited. It emphasizes factual knowledge largely acquired through sensory experience. In the grammar stage, the child learns the structure, vocabulary and rules of language, leading to habits of clear and logical thinking.
Next is the logic stage, presented in the sixth through eighth grade. In this phase the child is taught more principles than by memorization, although the latter is always important. The student begins to think analytically in the language studied and learns interrelations that exist among the principles of the various disciplines, leading to good understanding of those principles. The study of formal logic is also included.
The final stage is rhetoric, or the art of persuasive speaking and writing, presented in the seventh and eighth grades. This part of the Trivium gives the students the opportunity to develop speeches for various audiences and learn well the art of written and oral speech. Penmanship is continually emphasized as are the many diverse forms of writing, ie. Essays, outlines, lecture notes, letters, and creative writing. Students begin to develop a voice to convey their views of the subjects learned. Declamation, the study of the art of speaking, is emphasized as well and covers important areas such as articulation, breathing, volume and intonation.