Classical Christian education is based on an approach to learning that emphasizes biblical teachings as the foundation for the pursuit of wisdom, virtue, and excellence. This approach, a teaching model known as the Trivium, consists of the three stages of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, and utilizes time-tested teaching methods that complement the God-designed cognitive development of the students. This understanding of the learner allows the curriculum to present information in a manner that teaches students to think and reason for themselves, developing students who can articulate and defend their ideas and beliefs in a logical and confident manner. From the phonics-based reading program to the study of Latin and through the presentation of a senior thesis, classical Christian education creates the opportunity to build a strong academic foundation, but most importantly, an opportunity to train the mind, heart, and soul.
Rhetoric is the art of communicating well. Once a student has obtained a knowledge of the facts (grammar) and developed the skills necessary to arrange those facts into arguments (logic), he must develop the skill of communicating those arguments to others (rhetoric).
During the high school years, students become concerned with what others think of them. Classical education helps students develop their minds to think and articulate concepts to others. Writing papers, researching, and orating ideas are skills required in all subjects. We polish these skills through the final requirement of the defense of a senior thesis.
The following current credit requirements have been adopted by the PCS school board for graduation from Providence Christian School. In order to graduate, a student must earn a minimum of 28 credits, as listed below. One-half credit is earned per semester for each class. Students who transfer to Providence must have their transcript reviewed by the academic committee in order to determine which transfer credits may be transferable to meet the requirements for Providence Christian School graduation. Any waiver of credits allowed (as determined by the committee) must be approved at the time of admission.
Minimum Credits required for Graduation
Subject area / Required Coursework / Credits
English (Humanities): 4
History (Humanities): 4
Math: Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Cal with Algebra, Pre-Cal with Trigonometry, Trigonometry and Calculus: 4
Science: Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology: 4
Foreign Language: Spanish I & Spanish II: 2
Rhetoric: Rhetoric I & II: 2
Total credits required: 28
Course of Study