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Logic School: Grades 5 through 8

The Logic School is h
eld at Houston's First Baptist Church, and encompasses grades 5-8. Logic is the second phase of the Grammar-Logic-Rhetoric progression of the Trivium. Grades 5 through 8 also feature aspects of Grammar and Rhetorical learning, but the locus shifts toward Logic.  At this age, students enjoy argumentation and finding opposing points of view. The TCS curriculum and teachers embrace this natural tendency and students are encouraged to discover rules by which the Grammar School fundamentals are ordered and governed.

Several new instruction methods are introduced in the Logic Stage of the Classical Model, including Formal Logic instruction, Oral Argumentation, and Fundamentals of Skillful Composition.

In contrast to the grammar school students, students in Logic school students have a fuller academic week, which includes assignments on Friday and weekday homework. 

Logic School Curriculum

Bible. Students read the Bible daily in Logic School, both on campus and at home. In the fall semester, they work through an Old Testament book and in the spring semester, they read a book or series of books from the New Testament. Starting in 7th grade, they supplement their Bible reading with devotional classics and studies in how to read the Bible.

Literature & Language. Students read classic literature that pertains to the time period they are studying. Students refine their grammar, composition, and spelling skills by using texts compatible with classical education methods. Students continue to work on the fundamentals of good writing, from paragraph-building to short papers. They also continue to memorize a collection of poetry that instills an understanding of metaphor, wordplay, and linguistic style.

History. Logic School students study a four-year cycle of history from Ancient to Modern Times. Beginning with ancient culture and Roman History in 5th grade, students progress through the Middle Ages, the Age of Exploration and Early American History, and Modern History. Students read classic literature that is aligned with the historical time period they are studying. Students are also encouraged to analyze and understand the original writings from history, and not solely rely on the textbook narrative. 

Science. Logic School students participate in a four-year sequence of science courses which are designed to segue into Rhetoric School science. The sequence includes History of Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Astronomy, Anatomy, and Physiology. Students investigate the "why?" of science (reasons and causation) in addition to integrating the "what?" of science (properties and facts) that they began learning in Grammar School. Using the principles of the Trivium, Logic School science forms a bridge between a factual scientific understanding gained in Grammar School and the rigorous, mathematical and analytical approach that will be used in Rhetoric School.

Math & Logic. Using a mastery approach, TCS students retain their sharp calculation and problem-solving skills, but now add more advanced concepts in Logic School such as functions, equations, advanced story problems, and number theory. Advanced students have the opportunity to take Algebra I in 8th grade, which begins a sequence which leads to AP Calculus in 12th grade. Student also take courses in formal logic, which prepares them for more advanced work in not only the sciences, but also literature and history.

Latin.  The Latin sequence in Logic School teaches students the fundamentals of Latin grammar and begins to sharpen their translation skills. Through this process, students learn about the development of language as well as gain skills to understand the Great Conversation, much of which took place in Latin. The TCS curriculum is designed so that new students (who have not taken Latin before) can join Logic School classes and begin learning Latin at their appropriate level.