is based on three stages of learning (Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric) that follow a child's natural ability to learn as he or she grows and develops.
The School of Grammar (grades K4-6) - Because young children have a natural ability to memorize large pieces of information, memorization is a key component of the learning process during the Grammar Stage.
The School of Logic (grades 7-8) - Children at this age tend to ask "why?" and argue. During the Logic Stage, the student is taught to build upon the memorized facts and develop logical arguments.
The School of Rhetoric (grades 9-12) - After facts are memorized and logical arguments are developed, the final stage of learning is the Rhetoric Stage. During this stage, the student is taught to articulate a worldview with wisdom and excellence.
K4 is either a 3-day program (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30 - Noon) or a 2-day program (Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM - Noon.)
K5 is a half-day program Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - Noon.
Lower School (1st-6th) is a typical 5-day program 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.
Upper School (grades 7-12) employs a college schedule with Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday classes and is known as a University-Model® School (UMS).
There are two options for Upper School students:
- A student may attend full-time and eventually graduate from GCA.
- A student may attend part-time and be registered with a home school association and take classes a la carte.