The academic goal for our oldest students is to be skilled in the art of rhetoric. Based on the stages of the Trivium, a person who is skilled in rhetoric is one who can listen, speak, write, read, and think well. Therefore, in order to be an LCS graduate, every student must write and defend a thesis. This is an opportunity for students to explore an original thought or idea and then explain and defend it to a panel of teachers. Writing and defending a thesis is by no means an easy feat, leading to the junior and senior years being dedicated to giving students the skills and resources necessary to accomplish that very goal. In order to be a great writer, one must encounter it as much as possible, leading to immersing our juniors and seniors in great writing, from Aristotle to Hamilton.
Students are also focused on learning how to defend their thoughts or opinions, as not only a way to win arguments, but also to demonstrate to themselves whether their thought or opinion is valid. The English word school comes from the Greek word scholé, which does not directly translate into English; however, the word leisure does come close to the Greek idea of scholé. For the Greeks contemplation was the mountain-top for an educated person. The ability to stand-back to think or contemplate as a way to take-in, resulting in a clearer understanding about that thing, was the “good-life” according to the Greeks. Another way to put it is to be a lifelong learner. Leading to our goal we set for all of our students, access to being lifelong learners, so when students leave LCS they will continue to learn and grow for the rest of their lives. Their leisure time should be used to continue to understand what it means to be human, through the everlasting exploration of Western Civilization. Therefore, teaching students how to learn, or to think (via our rich curriculum) gives them the opportunity to be lifelong learners, or those who engage in the timeless art of contemplation, leading to wisdom.
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LCS thrives with the help of its dedicated volunteers! Whether you’re available during the school day or during evenings or weekends, we truly have something for everyone. Many of our volunteers enjoy contributing by way of car pools, morning forum, Watch D.O.G.S. and so many other opportunities.
Two of the 12 Core Virtues upon which our school is founded are Generosity and Service. Here at LCS, we take all of our Core Virtues to heart and are proud that these two virtues are so well demonstrated through the work of the LCS Cares team. Established immediately following the flooding in Loveland in September 2013, the LCS Cares team is composed of a group of staff members, who work to help those in the school community in need of assistance.
The Loveland Classical Schools Grandparents Club is run by grandparents with the purpose of staying in touch with other LCS grandparents, volunteering to help the school and engaging with your grandchildren, our students, in a more intentional way. Grandparents choose opportunities in which to participate.