Classical Education: What is it? - Hill Pointe School

Classical Education: What is it?

According to the philosophy of classical education, the humanities and the sciences are equally important in classical education. Our approach at The Hill Pointe School is deeper and more fundamental than a STEM school approach, which is more akin to focusing on applied science. The difference lies in the questions the two approaches ask. STEM asks the question: How can science be applied? Hillsdale K-12 asks the question: What do people need to know so they can be better human beings? K-12 students study science for its own sake.

The Hillsdale K-12 classroom has two key components: the curriculum and the teacher.

Both components are important to get the “classroom” right because the books do not teach themselves. A classical classroom prioritizes the authority of the teacher and, in addition to that, the teacher’s expertise and responsibility to deliver content to the students. Students are not passive recipients of knowledge but active participants in the discussion, where the Socratic method is used to facilitate dialogue between the students and the teacher. The Hill Pointe School is unique among school choice options for three main reasons – a virtuous education, a content-rich curriculum, and a traditional classroom environment.

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