Core Knowledge


Seven Hills believes that the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence, as taught through the classical model of the Trivium, supports each student’s ability to meet the highest academic standards.

SHPA uses the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence for all grades, adapted to the unique learning and developmental needs of students as they grow and mature. The twin ideas behind Core Knowledge are that 1) knowledge builds on knowledge; and 2) every well-educated person shares this knowledge in common with others. The more we know, the more we are able to learn, and knowing is different from doing. This knowledge, shared in common with others, is necessary to ensure a sound, fair, and democratic elementary education for every child in America. A well-trained mind – knowing, understanding, and sharing the same information – unites us as citizens and makes all students equal, whatever their background.

Inspired and supported to produce extraordinary levels of achievement, our teachers work with students to take already mastered skills and foundational knowledge to the next phase of student ownership and expanded common learning.

Focus on Liberal Arts

In Latin, artes liberales – the liberal arts – are the subjects or skills that classical antiquity considered essential for a free person (Latin: liberal, “worthy of a free person”) to know in order to fully participate in civic life. Grammar, rhetoric, and logic were the core liberal arts and other subjects were added over time. Since the Middle Ages, western civilization has placed a high value on learning these subjects as a means of developing our own humanity and intellectual skills and of understanding our cultural heritage.

At SHPA, we study liberal arts and humanities courses both within the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence and on their own as offerings in both schools to educate the whole person. Our liberal arts courses include:

  • Latin
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Arts (art, art history, and music)
  • Science (life science, earth science, physical science)
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies (history and geography)
  • Socratic Seminar