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Logic Highlights

The Logic Phase at The River Academy marks the shift from the acquiring of lots of facts, to learning how to rightly apply and use those facts. Students begin diving into deeper questions of life through exercises like Socratic dialogue and formal debates.  These and many other tools begin to develop the skills of critical thinking and logical analysis.  Though not a comprehensive list of everything offered, below you will find a few of the ways students are engaged in their middle school years:

Formal Logic Training:

Logic, though more of a lost art currently, used to be a main pillar of a thorough education.  At The River Academy we see the great value in teaching our students to think clearly, and with sound reason.  In light of this, we teach them formal logic, including recognition of the 24 most common logical fallacies. Students equipped with this valuable building block in their education will be well prepared for a productive and successful future.

Deeper look at History:

After seeing the sweep and flow of world history in grades 1-6, students begin to look closer to home with studies in 20th and 21st century American History as well as Northwest History.   

Socratic Dialogue:

All education begins with a question.  Natural curiosity is sparked, which then gives way to study in search of answers, completing the cycle of education.  Socratic dialogue is an intentional way to engage students in the questions of life, hoping to stir their natural curiosities, moving them to discover for themselves. 


Debate is an excellent tool to help students formulate opinions and then articulate the winsomely and well. Students in grades 7-12 will learn this skill through regular debates and practice.

Latin Translation work:

Beginning in the middle school years, students learn to translate works from Latin to English.  This skill equips them well for the transition they will make in 9th grade to learning Spanish.  

Sharpened writing skills:

7th and 8th grade writing builds upon the basic foundation received in Elementary by teaching student to arrange their thoughts and arguments well on paper.  This includes skills like ordering through a five paragraph essay, articulation of all arguments to best prove a point, and the skill of synthesizing content to focus on what's most important.