Curriculum

While we would encourage parents to come and visit us and spend some time in our classrooms to observe what our curriculum is about, we will try to give you a taste of what our curriculum entails here.

Lower/Grammar School (K-6)

Some things your child will read…

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (3rd)
  • Rip Van Winkle (5th)
  • White Fang (6th)
  • Westminster Shorter Catechism (K-6)
  • Singapore Math
  • Lingua Latina per se Illustrata (3-6)
  • Shurley Grammar

Some things your child will do…

  • Learn cursive writing, starting in Kindergarten
  • Take a field trip to an Apple Orchard (K)
  • Participate in a Reformation Day Celebration (K – 6th with the Upper School students)
  • Be exposed to the great hymns of the church in morning chapels and assemblies (K – 6th)
  • Visit the Oregon Symphony (3rd)
  • Be introduced to key classic works of art and architecture (4th-6th)
  • Memorize the Gettysburg Address (6th)
  • Use Socratic Method to discuss vocabulary, setting, character, plot, conflict, resolution, theme, scriptural application (6th)

Recitation:

This age loves to memorize using songs, chants, rhythm, and rhyme. We use these techniques to teach students all sorts of factual material including: oceans and continents, major pharaohs of Egypt, taxonomy classification (biology), Greek and Roman history, the Battle of Marathon, multiplication tables, the Periodic Table of the Elements, countries of the world, selected Shakespeare, the parts of speech, prime numbers to 100, numerous Bible passages, and a Renaissance and Reformation timeline, to name a few.

Upper/Logic School (7-8)

Some things your child will read…

  • Canterbury Tales (7th)
  • Pericles (7th)
  • Odyssey (7th)
  • Streams of Civilization (7th-8th)
  • Bible Doctrine by Joel Beeke (7th-8th)
  • Three Musketeers (8th)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (8th)
  • Lingua Latina per se Illustrata (7th-8th)

Some things your child will do…

  • Receive instruction in formal logic and logical fallacies
  • Latin translation and discussions in class
  • Study Algebra and Geometry
  • Learn studio art techniques
  • Have organized class discussions and formal debates facilitated by the teacher
  • Ask questions like “What other points of view are there on this subject?”

Socratic teaching:

This form of guided question and answer is highly effective in teaching children to think. The teacher typically asks a broad “opinion” question that seems to have no right answer. Then, as the students attempt to answer, the teacher guides them through the use of logic toward the correct answer. While this seems straight-forward, Socratic teaching is an art. It takes time, which is why most schools do not practice it. St. Stephen’s Academy is more concerned with teaching students to think than filling their heads with information.

Upper/Rhetoric School (9-12)

Some things your child will read…

  • The Screwtape Letters (9th)
  • The Aeneid (9th)
  • Beowulf (10th)
  • Augustine’s Confessions (10th)
  • The Federalist Papers (11th)
  • Paradise Lost (12th)
  • The Wealth of Nations (12th)

Some things your child will do…

  • Learn about the True, Good, and Beautiful though an Aesthetics and Culture class
  • Learn formal rhetoric skills: invention, disposition, elocutio, memoria, and pronuntiatio
  • Engage in debates to test their logical and rhetorical skills
  • Learn how to converse with nonbelievers about Christian faith
  • Have the option of taking challenging math and science courses up through calculus and physics
  • Write and orally defend a senior thesis in front of faculty

Senior Thesis:

In our high school, students are focused on learning, integrating, and communicating truth. The capstone of the high school is the senior thesis. This involves selecting a subject and then researching the primary and secondary sources relating to this topic. The students then write and orally defend this thesis in front of faculty. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the logic skills they acquired in middle school and the rhetorical skills that they have acquired in high school.

If you would like to learn more about our curriculum, we should invite you to review our 2015-16 curriculum overview by clicking here.