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Igniting a passion for learning
Our mission is to educate our student body with knowledge, understanding and wisdom through the teaching paradigm of classical learning. This approach will enable them to have all the tools available to be successful. Washington has been formed to re-establish a more proficient way to instill in the students the idea of learning as a lifestyle. We desire to mold our students to be future leaders in their homes, communities, and the world by filling them with a quest for creativity and innovation, the aspiration for achievement, and the passion for service.
Below you will find videos of the classroom setting for our Grammar and
Dialectic phases, as well as the goal for our Rhetoric phase students.
The Grammar stage focuses on the mastery of knowledge, specifically the fundamental and foundational knowledge that will provide our students with a framework on which to build all future learning. Grammar refers not just to the fundamentals of English, but also of theology, history, mathematics, languages as well as other subjects and disciplines. The grammar stage seeks to address the questions of “who, what, where, and when?” The following video demonstrates the classroom atmosphere during a large portion of this phase of learning, which promotes the knowledge framework.
Dialectic (Logic) Phase
The Dialectic (or Logic) phase focuses on thinking properly and well. The students will learn how to order, relate and think through the knowledge they are gaining. This phase seeks to equip the students with sound thinking skills that will enable them to recognize when an idea or argument is sound, when one is not, and how to correct it. The Dialectic phase seeks to answer and address the questions of “why and how?”
The Rhetoric learning phase focuses on training the students to use written and spoken language to communicate their thinking clearly and persuasively. This is the phase of application and expression. At this phase, the culmination of all the knowledge gained is put to use in practical ways, through means of public speaking, problem solving in subjects like mathematics and science, as well as the arts.
The Trivium seeks to instill in students a love for learning and give them the tools of
learning so that they can both think and communicate clearly, fully and biblically.
At Washington School, we desire that our students enjoy a well-rounded student life that will encourage their development spiritually, academically, socially and aesthetically. Through this encouragement, we will see great improvement in the academics of our students.
Weekly art instruction begins in kindergarten. These arts, along with drama, are employed by our students in special programs presented each year. Along with art and drama, our music program will also begin in kindergarten to give our students a well rounded foundation of learning to build on.
Spiritual & Physical
In addition to normal or regular studies, students enjoy weekly chapel services and are encouraged in physical training through an established physical education program. We base everything we do, firmly in God’s Word, the Bible, and believe that balance is the key to life.