Logic Level (7th-8th Grade)

The Logic stage builds upon the Grammar stage. The goal is to equip students with the critical thinking skills necessary to recognize sound arguments and ideas, and to detect and correct fallacious ones. This stage addresses the questions of how and why. Instructors focus on showing students how to ask the right questions and think through the implications of their ideas. Classroom time is spent on discussion and small group work, including the Socratic method (critical thinking questions) to help students refine their ideas.

Logic Level Course Descriptions

Christian Studies

A classical approach to learning about God includes a study of biblical chronology (Grammar level), theology (Logic level) and apology (Rhetoric level). Building on their knowledge of biblical chronology, in this course, students will learn to understand, explain, and scripturally support the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Where applicable, students will be introduced to divergent views that exist in orthodox Christianity and will be encouraged to discuss these with charity and grace, at all times relying on the Holy Scriptures as the ultimate source of authority. Students will learn the importance of “catholicity” among the people of God, being able to appreciate the unity of the church in the past, present, and future.

Church History

Since the biblical understanding of history is the record of God working to redeem a people for His Son, it should be argued that all of history is church history and not a mere subset of secular history as is often supposed. Rather, seeing with the eyes of faith, the history of the Church drives the rest. The objective of this course is to help students catch a vision that is sorely lacking in our day: that the Church has an awe-inspiring history and a glorious and certain future.

Formal Logic and Critical Thinking & Reading

Logic and the disciplines of critical thinking and building a clear and well-supported argument teach students to think clearly and argue well. L1 students will study Formal Logic, the science of reasoning well. L2 students study the process of critical thinking and argument building and learn how to apply it to all aspects of their lives.

Science

L1 students are scheduled to take General Science and L2 students are scheduled to take Physical Science. The math prerequisite for Physical Science is Pre-algebra. If your student hasn’t successfully completed Pre-algebra before entering L2, he/she will be allowed to have a study hall period during the scheduled science class. He/she will be required to take Physical Science in the R1 year. If your student needs to take a science class other than the science scheduled for his/her grade level, please let us know and we can try to accommodate your student. All science courses will follow Apologia science curricula.

Omnibus History

Omnibus History is designed to introduce students to significant eras and events in world history. The course will follow an alternating 2 year schedule - Year 1: Ancient/Medieval and Year 2: Modern Era. Students are led through their studies with a focus on analyzing original sources and understanding the impact of ideas over the centuries. The instructor will use a combination of resources to help students develop into thoughtful and well-informed students of history. The Omnibus History course content is integrated with Omnibus Literature & Composition content to help students develop a comprehensive picture of each era of history.

Omnibus Literature & Composition

This course focuses upon literary analysis of the key books for the historical period being studied. In addition to literary analysis, students will also create original pieces of writing which highlight their understanding of the texts. By the end of the Logic level, students will be able to create expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive essays. Additionally, this course builds upon the foundation previously formed and challenges the student in their next step of the progymnasmata. Students will focus upon refutation / confirmation and common topic. In doing so, students will be better able to apply the tools learned in Formal Logic and Critical Thinking by examining how gifted writers from the past have used writing to construct solid arguments. 

Latin I & II

The study of the classical language, Latin, is the core of a classical education; as a result, we require students to continue their study of Latin at the Logic level. Students must complete Latin IA or IB before they are able to take a different foreign language in the Logic and Rhetoric levels.

Intro to Spanish

The course is intended for L2 level students as a ground-level introduction to the Spanish language. It will introduce basic vocabulary and grammar concepts that will be further developed in Spanish I through Advanced Spanish. Throughout the year, students will learn the Spanish phonetic alphabet, learn and memorize essential vocabulary, and practice simple conversation using basic grammar concepts. After completing this class, students will be well equipped for success in our Rhetoric Level Spanish coursework.

Other Subjects

At home, parents must teach students math (if not taken at CCA), spelling, penmanship, and grammar. We require all students to complete a grammar course through CCA. Logic level students will take this independent study at home.

OPTIONAL COURSES

Math (Tuesdays/Thursdays)

Pre-Algebra and Algebra classes are offered to students on Tuesday and Thursday. Those interested in the math class will join at a specific class time for their level.  We use Saxon curriculum. Participating students will receive grades. The cost for the class is $500/student. 

Guided Study Hall (Tuesdays)

Logic Level students have the opportunity to come to CCA on Tuesdays to take part in a guided learning day where students will be able to accomplish one or more days of assigned work under the guidance of a teacher, while also enjoying the opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie. Tuesday’s study schedule covers History and Geography, Mathematics, Science, Biblical Studies, Grammar, Latin and Literature, as well as a free reading time, a lunch break/recess and gym time, and an unstructured time where students can pursue creativity: crafts, games, puzzles and such. It's a great opportunity to work on class assignments.

I love CC because everyone supports you. I appreciate the camaraderie

Grace Y., L2 Student

"Formal logic is my favorite class because it helps me to get the truth in an argument."

John H., L1 Student

CC teaches me something new every week and to love to work hard.

Eliza M., Rhetoric Student

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