Classical Education in the Rhetoric Stage

Rhetoric Stage (9th Grade — 12th Grade)

The culmination of classical learning occurs in the rhetoric stage. Students work their way into advanced studies emphasizing critical-reasoning skills and stylistic expression. Seeking to instill a desire for contemplation and an appreciation for learning, faculty attempt to convey the relationship between the philosophical and practical aspects of life. Formal rhetoric is the anchor class at this level and the students are required to develop, deliver, and defend at least one thesis paper before peers, faculty, and parents each year. The senior capstone course serves as the culmination of our students’ formal education at Covenant. Engaging such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Hegel, and Nietzsche, the class examines the great ideas of civilization in seminar format.

Student Characteristics:

  • Concerned with present events, especially in own life
  • Interested in justice, fairness
  • Moving toward special interests, topics
  • Able to take on more responsibility, independent work
  • Desires to express feelings, own ideas

Teaching Methods:

  • Drama, oral presentations
  • Guided research in major areas with goal of synthesis of ideas
  • Papers, speeches, debates
  • Formulation of personal convictions in light of scripture
  • Leadership role with Logic School students
  • In-depth field trips
  • World view discussions