Dominion’s lower school emphasizes the grammar, or facts, of learning. At this age, students enjoy memorizing a wide variety of information: parts of the human body, the family tree of Greek Mythology, the geography of the world, and the multiplication tables, for instance. Lower school students focus on building a rich foundation of knowledge.
Middle school students are naturally inclined towards argumentation, so our seventh and eighth-grade programs focus upon developing skills such as reasoning and critical thinking. Students learn to process lower school facts in an ordered and well-reasoned manner, and they more readily see connections between subjects.
A student’s Dominion education culminates in the upper school, which centers on mastering the art of rhetoric, or artful expression. As students become more aware of how others view them and concerned with expressing their unique ideas, the upper school equips them to communicate effectively with poise and eloquence.
Developed at Philips Exeter Academy, the oldest and among the most distinguished secondary schools in America, the Harkness Method helps students learn to interact, think clearly, speak articulately, and engage with ideas rather than passively consuming them through classroom lectures.
The portrait of an ideal graduate is a young man or woman of character who possesses the ability to thoughtfully and winsomely engage culture from a Biblical perspective. Dominion's program is directed toward that end, so the school's curriculum design takes place from twelfth grade to kindergarten rather than from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In other words, we determine the end-point and work backwards to determine what we must teach in each grade.
Many schools claim to prepare students to think about life through the lens of a Christian worldview, but what exactly do they mean by that? Dominion's approach to teaching a biblical worldview aims to produce students who are mightily equipped to engage with non-believers at the world's intellectual table. Believing that truth is always on God's side, we are not afraid to explore ideas, traditions, and worldviews that differ from our own.
Enjoy this lighthearted look at why your lower school children will love being at Dominion. From mummification of chickens to “the costumes,” you’ll quickly feel at home in a school that ignites the imagination and excitement of its students.
Hear more from our parents and faculty members about what it is that makes Dominion so special. From the Christ-centered worldview perspective to the use of a time-tested model that is blended with the best elements of modern education, Dominion is a distinctive option for K-12 schooling.
For the Romans, areté (or virtue) was defined solely as those things that contributed to the stability and strength of the Republic. For the Greeks and, later, the Christians, it also involved character formation; the enjoyment of true, good, and beautiful things; and a profound eye for what it means to be human. Dominion seeks to speak not only to its students’ intellects but also to their hearts and spirits through a diverse offering of programs outside the classroom.
– Proverbs 24: 3-4 –
"God is known by nature in his works, and by doctrine in his revealed word."
Galileo Galilei, 17th-century scientist
"Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee."
Augustine of Hippo, 4th-century theologian