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Classical education uses a three-step process called the trivium that gives students essential tools of learning while working with the grain of their intellectual development. Taking into consideration the natural gifts and abilities characteristic of each of the three stages, a classical education helps a student to progress from knowledge to understanding and, ultimately, to wisdom. The three stages of the trivium are Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.
The Grammar Stage
Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Young children are naturally gifted at memorization. They enjoy reciting, collecting facts, and demonstrating what they know.
In the early grades, teachers take advantage of their students’ ability to memorize and equip them with the rules and basic facts of various academic disciplines, building a strong foundation for further study.
The Logic Stage
7th and 8th Grade
As students approach adolescence, they are no longer content to accept what their parents and teachers tell them is true. Rather, they want to ask lots of questions and find out the answers for themselves. Most students become somewhat argumentative at this stage.
Classical educators recognize that this is a necessary phase that students must pass through in order to become independent, thinking adults. Through the study of formal logic, teachers help students learn to reason and to think logically through arguments. Debate is incorporated as much as possible, giving students an opportunity to learn to argue in a winsome and respectful way.
The Rhetoric Stage
9th Through 12th Grade
High school students are ready to think great thoughts, to engage in the Great Conversation with philosophers from centuries past, and to learn to express themselves effectively.
Students in the Rhetoric Stage engage actively in their education, reading widely and coming to class ready to have a lively Socratic-style discussion with their peers guided by their teachers. In every class, including math and science, students are encouraged to think deeply and to communicate well.
The capstone of the rhetoric stage is the senior thesis project, in which students spend a year writing a paper about a subject of their choice then present a condensed form of the paper in the form of a speech. The entire upper school body attends the thesis presentations, and a panel of experts has the opportunity to ask questions. In this project, students must utilize the skills they learned in the grammar stage by researching the facts about their subjects.
They must construct logical arguments, drawing on the reasoning skills they learned in the middle school years. And, finally, students must express themselves in a beautiful way, both in their written paper and in their oral presentation. Completion of the senior thesis project helps students to become mature, thoughtful young adults, ready to take on the next challenge that God places in their paths.
Please view our curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
|PCS Grammar Scope and Sequence|
|Pre-K||Kindergarten||1st Grade||2nd Grade||3rd Grade||4th Grade||5th Grade||6th Grade|
|Bible||Overview of OT/NT; Bible Stories||
Overview of OT/NT; Bible Stories
Old and New Testament Books
|Reading||Phonograms||Phonograms/Beginning Reading||Phonograms, Literature||Literature||Literature||Literature||Literature||Literature|
Phonograms, Parts of a Sentence
|Grammar Writing Johnny Can Spell, Phonograms||Grammar Writing Johnny Can Spell, Phonograms||Grammar Writing Johnny Can Spell, Phonograms||Grammar Writing Classical Roots||Grammar Writing Classical Roots||Grammar Writing|
|History||Unit studies: My family
Age of Exploration; Texas History
|Modern History (1812-Present)|
|Math||Math Your Way||Math in Focus
|Math in Focus
|Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin)||Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin)||Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin)||
Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin)
|Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin)|
Seasons, The Five Senses, The Globe
|The Four Seasons, The Five Senses||
Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics
|Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics||Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics||Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics||Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics||Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics|
|PCS Upper School Scope and Sequence|
|Area||7th Grade||8th Grade||9th Grade||10th Grade||11th Grade||12th Grade|
|Humanities||Ancient||Medieval Europe||Modern Europe||US History||History of Philosophy||20th & 21st Century|
|English/Rhetoric||Composition and Literature||Composition and Literature||Composition and Literature||Composition and Literature||Rhetoric I and Government||Rhetoric II|
|Bible||Hermeneutics||Truth and Logic||Old Testament Survey||New Testament Survey||Ethics||Apologetics|
|Geometry||Algebra II Intermediate
|Science||Earth Science||Physical Science||Physics I||Biology||Chemistry
|Anatomy & Physiology
|Latin||Latin I||Latin II||Latin III||Latin IV||Latin V||Latin VI|
|Modern Foreign Language||French I/ Spanish I||French II/ Spanish II||French III/
|Electives||Art, Advanced Art, Choir, Yearbook|
|Keyboarding/Office Suite Skills|
|Mock Trial, Speech and Debate, Limnology, Computer Science, Engineer Your World|
Our mission for College Advising at PCS – to partner with families to explore post-secondary educational options in which their students can continue to grow in their faith, develop their love for learning, and meet their academic and career goals. Students at PCS have a variety of interests and aptitudes, and the College Advising Office encourages families to pray and seek God’s guidance together for how He wants to develop these interests in their students at PCS and beyond.
- Abilene Christian University
- Auburn University
- Baylor University Scholars
- Biola University
- Brown University
- Bryn Mawr College
- Cairn University
- Calvin College
- Colorado School of Mines
- Covenant College
- Dallas Baptist University
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Georgia Tech University
- Hillsdale College
- Hope College
- Houston Baptist University
- Lancaster Bible College
- LeTourneau University
- Northwestern University
- Oklahoma State University
- Ouachita Baptist University
- Purdue University
- Rice University
- Rhodes College
- Samford University
- Sam Houston State University
- Stanford University
- Texas A&M University
- Texas Southern University
- Texas Tech University
- Trinity College
- University of Arkansas
- University of Alabama
- University of Houston
- University of Houston – Downtown Campus
- University of North Texas
- University Of Oklahoma
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Texas at Austin Honors Liberal Arts
- University of Texas at Dallas
- US Air Force Academy
- USMA Westpoint
- Virginia Tech University
- Wheaton College
While we are extremely proud of our students’ academic achievements, the goal of a classical and Christian education is to produce well-rounded young men and women who are equipped to impact their culture for Christ. Student academic achievement is the fruit, not the goal. Instead of teaching our students what to think, we teach them how to think, resulting in students who consistently do well on standardized testing of all kinds. Providence repeatedly ranks high on lists of the top 25 high schools in the greater Houston area.
|Enrollment||Total: 407||Grammar School: 238||Upper School: 169|
|SAT 2019 (Average)||Critical Reading: 658||Math: 630|
|ACT 2019 (Average)||Composite: 27|
|National Merit Recognition (2004-2019)||Finalist: 5||Commended: 19||National Hispanic Honorable Mention: 5|