Academics

Classical Christian Education

Cultivating lifelong learners rooted in the foundation of Christian faith.

What is Classical Christian Education? 

Classical Education is the method in which we educate our students to develop classical minds that search for truth, goodness, and beauty in every subject matter. This is done through the Classical Trivium, Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric, which describe the learning stages of children that best develop the classical mind as they grow through their education at Dripping Springs Christian Academy. For the classical mind, education does not cease on commencement day.

How does Classical Education incorporate Christ-Centered Education?

Classical is the methodology while Christ-centered provides the God-ward direction and focus. Christ-centered is the key and subordinates all else at the school. It not only wraps what we do in the name of Jesus Christ but also places Him at the center of every school activity.

Do you offer Pre-School?

K3 and K4 preschool classes focus on the child’s natural and age-appropriate ability to memorize, mimic, and master facts. DSCA has developed a customized curriculum that includes phonics, pre-writing and pre-reading skills, hands on experiments, Saxon Math and critical thinking/problem solving.​

PRE K AND KINDERGARTEN
We believe that the purpose of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten is to open young students’ eyes to the joy of learning while establishing a learning foundation and introducing the classroom experience.
Teaching methods at this stage of learning include guided discovery, Bible stories and memorization, wonder walks, the use of tactile items for exploration and to illustrate points of learning, singing, building, drawing, painting, time of show and tell, field trips and opportunities to hear, read and tell stories.
Our Pre-Kindergarten program offers a structured classroom environment in which three and four-year-olds can learn basic math and phonics. There is always something exciting and new to learn in these classes. The emphasis is not on mastering a set number of concepts and skills, but on opening student’s eyes to the joy of learning. This is done in a nurturing and structured environment.
The purpose of Kindergarten is to continue introducing students to learning in a group environment. Kindergarten is still viewed as supplemental to the training, teaching, and playtime students receive at home. Five-year-olds can learn basic math and phonics, along with history, science, art and music.

GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Young students are born explorers. They are imaginative, creative, and extremely excited about learning. Our School of Grammar equips students with the necessary tools and facts of learning. Although children at this age have not yet developed high reasoning skills, they have a wonderful faculty for memorization. They are concrete thinkers and sponges for information. Consequently, memorizing the “grammar” of each of the academic disciplines is emphasized: math, (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication); language (letters, grammar rules, vocabulary); history (names, dates, places), etc.
Teaching methods in the Grammar School include hands-on work and projects, field trips and dramatizations, integration of various subjects, recitations and memorization.
Each of the full-curriculum Pre K 3 through 4th grade classes encompasses.

LOGIC SCHOOL
The second stage of the Classical model is Logic. This stage corresponds to middle school (5th – 8th grades).
Children begin to think abstractly and analytically around this age and, therefore, are ready to learn how to reason well. Students begin to see the big picture and interrelations between different subjects.
At DSCA, the focus now shifts to teaching the logical rules of reasoning and argument. While memorization work continues, teachers help students analyze the “why” of a topic. In addition to the core subjects of math, grammar, composition, theology, literature, history, and Latin, students now add logic to their course of study. Primary source reading is also introduced.
Teaching methods in the Logic School include instruction of formal logic; research projects and oral and written presentation assignments; the use of visual materials; and engaging students in role-playing and dramatic interpretations.

RHETORIC SCHOOL
The final stage of the Classical model is Rhetoric. This stage harnesses high school students’ natural inclination toward creative communication and expression. Students learn how to speak and write with eloquence and grace.
At DSCA, the focus now shifts to the expression of ideas in fluent, elegant, and persuasive forms. Students add formal rhetoric to their course of study, in addition to the core subjects of theology, literature, history, math, grammar/composition, and Latin. Their engagement with primary sources and great books also increases.
Teaching methods in the Rhetoric School include dramatic and oral presentations; guided research with the goal of synthesis of ideas; longer essays and papers; class discussions; and debates of world views.
We dive deep into learning

Beginning in pre-school

Beginning in elementary school, students are taught to evaluate whether or not a given notion is consistent with the Bible by incorporating biblical truth and context into all subject areas. A solid spiritual foundation is formed when Bible instruction and Scripture memorization are combined with critical thinking, reasoning, an understanding of current events, and an application of a biblical worldview. Our ultimate objective is to equip our students with a biblical worldview that allows them to effectively confront the humanistic, post-Christian worldview with sound logic, decisive action, and clear expression.

DSCA has developed a customized curriculum that includes phonics, pre-writing and pre-reading skills, hands on experiments, Saxon Math and critical thinking/problem solving.