Classical Education is one of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public Schools four pillars. We believe that a classical approach ensures that students will receive a well-rounded and rich educational experience.
The following pillar document outlines the defining principles and background for our approach to Classical Education.
A classical education is one of four BFCCPS pillars used collectively for the development of the whole
student. We have developed a framework, based on the foundation of the Trivium, which incorporates
the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and guides our approach to education. The Trivium is
derived from three critical thinking hierarchies that include: Grammar (gather information), Logic
(understand information), and Rhetoric (express or apply information).
Our approach to classical education at BFCCPS combines rigorous content, research-based teaching
methods, and real-world learning outcomes that support whole-child development. Students are
grounded in the fundamental subjects of literature, history, mathematics, science, languages, music
and the arts in order to understand culture and enable active participation.
The learning process is cyclical and all students progress through the various stages of the Trivium as
they develop subject matter expertise. We also incorporated the language of Bloom’s Taxonomy to
describe the phases of the Trivium (as shown in table below).
1. Students are grounded in fundamental subjects of literature, history, mathematics, science,
language, music and the arts in order to understand and actively participate in culture.
2. The Trivium stages (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) guide how our curriculum is taught. In addition to
learning the content of a wide range of subjects, students develop the ability to analyze, reason,
and express themselves.
3. Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks provide structure for a systematic, rigorous and challenging
curriculum, with an emphasis on learning through reading, writing and spoken language.
4. A variety of thoughtful, engaging teaching methods promote a student’s active role in learning.
Pillar in Action: Classical Education
- You can use them as dinner time conversation starters with your children.
- Consider reading the books that your children are reading at school so you can have a more in-depth discussion about the subject material.
- Download and listen to audio-books on long car rides for a shared experience. As an added benefit, this also helps reduce screen-time in the car!
- Host a book group for the class, or for parents in the class based on the monthly themes.
- Visit local museums that tie into the monthly curriculum. Did you know most local public libraries will offer free or discounted passes to a number of local museums?