What is the Trivium?
The Paideia School of Tampa Bay is a classical Christian school. The classical Christian model equips students to live purposefully in the service of God and man. Education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty so that the student may glorify God and enjoy him forever. Historically, the Trivium was part of the classical curriculum that embodied subjects related to language and effective communication: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. We use the headings "Grammar," "Dialectic," (the phase in which logic is taught) and "Rhetoric" to indicate three phases in our educative process:
Grammar School (K-6): focuses on facts and rules of various disciplines, building a foundation of knowledge with a strong emphasis on memorization.
Dialectic School (7-9): focuses on ordered relationships, both within and across subjects and disciplines. The goal is to equip students with the thinking skills necessary to recognize sound arguments and ideas.
Rhetoric School (10-12): focuses on use of language to marshal arguments, both written and spoken.