First Baptist Academy exists to assist parents by providing an excellent classical education that fosters a Biblical worldview, striving to equip students to impact the world for Christ.
HERE AT FBA
we believe a classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind called the trivium.
WHAT IS THE TRIVIUM?
PART 1: Lower School
The elementary years at FBA are spent absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. These years are called the “grammar stage” – not because we spend them focusing on English grammar, but because they are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid! In the elementary years, the mind is capable of absorbing large amounts of information. Children at this age actually find memorization fun! We focus on rote memory & repetition as methods of learning. During this stage, education also involves the learning of facts. The fundamentals of phonics, rules of grammar, Latin & Spanish vocabulary, descriptions of plants, animals, and the human body, the mechanics of mathematics, important historical events, Bible history – the list goes on! All of the information gained during the grammar stage- elementary years- comprises the basic building blocks for the second stage of education: the logic stage.
PART 2: Middle School
In the FBA Middle School, students learn to think more analytically. Our students are less focused on finding out facts than on asking “Why?” In this part, the “Logic Stage,” the student begins to pay attention to cause and effect, to the relationships between different fields of knowledge, and to the way facts fit together in a logical way. During these years, the students begin algebra and the study of logic, and begin to apply logic & reason to all academic subjects. The logic of writing, for example, includes paragraph construction and learning to support a thesis; the logic of reading involves the criticism and analysis of texts, not simple absorption of information; the logic of history demands that the students find out why the War of 1812 was fought, rather than simply reading its story; the logic of science requires that the student learn the scientific method; the logic of Latin expands on the vocabulary and basic grammar concepts learned in the grammar stage and applies those things to diagramming and translating. These years transition our students to the final stage of the education process, the Rhetoric Stage.
PART 3: Upper School
In the Upper School, the final part of a classical education, the “Rhetoric Stage,” builds on the first two. The student of rhetoric applies the rule of logic learned in middle school to the foundational information learned in the elementary grades and expresses conclusions in clear, forceful, elegant language. Students also have the opportunity to focus on specific branches of FBA student life & extra curricular activities that appeal them; these are the years for art camps, college courses, foreign travel, apprenticeships, and other forms of specialized training. The Upper School at FBA desires to develop and equip leaders. Students learn to take information that they’ve learned and communicate it; both orally & written. They should be able to convey what they believe & why they believe it. We also provide classes in which students are trained as leaders in the FBA community. One example is our Worship Arts class, in which students plan and implement weekly chapel services. We want to see our students go on to be godly, productive leaders in their families, churches, communities, and careers.
A First Baptist Academy classical education, then, follows a specific three-part pattern: the mind must be first supplied with facts and images; then, it must be given the logical tools for organization of facts; finally, it must be equipped to express conclusions.