Reason: Forming the Minds

Lower School Curriculum

Kindergarten students learned the story of Joseph in Egypt and made coats of many colors.
Kindergarten students learned the story of Joseph in Egypt and made coats of many colors.



Kindergarten:  The Cradle of Civilization Year


Kindergarten students learn about the development of the earliest civilizations, such as Egypt and Mesopotamia, as well as the history of the Israelites during Biblical times.  The study of early cultures helps children as they begin to develop a geographical and historical understanding of the world.


Athens vs. Sparta in the Olympics!
Athens vs. Sparta in the Olympics!


First Grade:  The Greek Year


First grade students learn about Ancient Greece and its lasting influence on Western Civilization in literature, history, science, math and the arts.  In the Greeks, we find a love of wisdom, which is philosophy, and a quest for what constitutes the good life, which is virtue.  Students read Aesop's Fables and discuss virtues and morals.  They read The Adventures of Odysseus, comparing the hero's journey and longing for home to man's yearning for God.  Throughout the stories of literature and history, first graders begin to discern and cultivate what is true, what is good and what is beautiful.



Second Grade:  The Roman Year


Second graders discover the beginnings of Rome and learn how different styles of leadership, law and government have influenced history through the present day.  The Romans engineered beautiful architecture and fostered the arts.  They valued and developed the art of persuasive public speech.  Most important, it was within this place and time, within the broad reach of the Roman Empire, that God chose to send his only-begotten Son into the world.  Our curriculum identifies the Incarnation as the central point in human history.



Third Grade:  The Medieval Year


Third graders are immersed in the Medieval world, an era when faith and reason were united, and God was central to the human experience.  They learn about the structures of feudal society, the role of monasteries in preserving the faith, and the construction of the great cathedrals with stunning mathematical proportions.  Students are exposed to ideas such as chivalry, duty and honor, through the reading of epic stories and poems, including The Canterbury Tales and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.



Fourth Grade:  The Modern Year


Fourth graders study the period from the Renaissance to World War II, exploring the many tumultuous events that shaped the world in which we live.  From exploration and rapid scientific discovery to religious upheaval, political revolutions, and world wars, students assess the characters and events of the last 500 years in the light of virtue while honing solid classical academic skills. 



Proud of and grateful for our country
Proud of and grateful for our country


Fifth Grade:  The American Year

Fifth graders learn about the discovery of the New World and the birth of our nation, with emphasis upon the ideals that fueled the America experiment.  They study the lives and writings of the Founding Fathers, and commit to memory the language that captures these noble ideals.