MSMCS provides a classical education to its 1st-8th grade students that is unique among Catholic schools. Classical education recognizes that all knowledge is interrelated and grounded in the virtues. Recognizing and respecting the natural development of the child, classical education leads the child to discover truth through history, language, science, math, and the arts. Students are equipped with the tools of lifelong learning and right judgment following a pattern called the Trivium: grammar, logic, and rhetoric (memorization, analysis, and articulation). It is the aim of a classical education to equip the child with the necessary tools to think and communicate clearly. At the heart of a classical education students discover the attributes of God: goodness, truth, and beauty ~ and thus find God Himself.
The focus of the grammar school, 1st-4th grades, is the acquisition of foundational skills and knowledge or the “grammar” of each of the disciplines. Children at this age are naturally able to memorize as evidenced by their repeated singing of songs and recitation of nonsense rhymes. Focusing on this developmental strength, the grammar schools stresses the teaching of facts. The grammar of spelling and reading is the rules of phonics and the tools of comprehension. The grammar of English is the parts of speech and sentence/paragraph structure. The grammar of mathematics includes its facts ( , -, x, /) and its vocabulary. The grammar of history covers who, what, when, and where. In science students focus on identifying, naming, and labeling. And religion centers on learning prayers and the basic truths of our faith. As these foundational skills and this knowledge are introduced and practiced students gain mastery and a readiness for the logic school.
The logic school, 5th-8th grades, adjusts to the child’s natural bent at this stage for questioning and arguing. During these years students are challenged to synthesize and analyze the facts they have learned in order to develop a well formed argument. Now the learning focuses on why, how, and what if. Connections are made between one piece of information and another. Comparisons are made such as that between the French and American revolutions. The study of the faith includes Catholic Apologetics. Students in the logic school develop the critical thinking skills essential to true learning for a lifetime.