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Rhetoric Curriculum (Grades 10-12)


Content:  The Biblical worldview is integrated in all subject areas, but it is given special attention through in-depth Bible study in grade 10, the study of Christian doctrines in Systematic Theology in grade 11, and Apologetics, which teaches a student how to defend one's faith, in grade 12.  We want students to know what they believe and why they believe it so they can fulfill the mandate given in 1 Peter 3:15 which states, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect."

The classical core courses of the Rhetoric stage include the study of formal Rhetoric, Civics, Economics, and Senior Thesis. In grade 10, students learn the components of the art of rhetoric and are taught to skillfully use the techniques they have acquired in other subject areas.  In grade 11, students develop an appreciation for the original intent of the Constitution as they learn the mechanics of government as well as the principles for maintaining a free society.  Additionally, through their study of Austrian Economics, the students learn the fundamental laws of economics.  In grade 12, Senior Thesis is the capstone project which integrates a student's understanding of Logic, Rhetoric, Civics, Economics, and Scripture.  Each student selects a public policy issue on a controversial topic, prepares a written thesis, and defends it orally to a small group of faculty members.  Thus, students exercise their research and rhetorical skills in a formal, yet supportive environment.

Rhetoric students analyze major works and anthologies in literature as they continue the study of history with the Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation time periods in grade 11, and Modernity in grade 12.  By studying the past in an integrated and chronological fashion, students learn to thoughtfully consider the ideas and consequences that form the basis of our current culture.

Each year, fine arts courses are also coordinated to the study of each time period of humanities.  Also, students have the opportunity to further their arts education in painting, drawing, piano and guitar.

The standard and advance math tracks continue in the Rhetoric stage in grades 10, 11, and 12, repsectively as previously stated.

  • Standard:  Algebra II, Trigonometry & Statistics and Pre-Calculus
  • Advanced:  Trigonometry & Statistics, Pre-Calculus and Calculus

Chemistry, Physics and Anatomy and Physiology are the science courses that are offered in 10th, 11th and 12th grades.  Study in these courses help students to gain an appreciation for the detail and complexity of God's creation.  Lab exercises provide opportunities to review and apply lecture material.  A systematic approach to problem-solving is emphasized.

Students will pursue a course of Latin I - III in grades 9, 10 and 11.  Through this study, the students will build a workable vocabulary, practice the grammar of the language, and enjoy an understanding of the culture and history associated with its time.

Methodology:   Rhetoric is the stage of a classical and Christian school where students synthesize and apply fundamental facts and critical thinking to create expressive communications.  In this stage, the emphasis remains on providing a broadly based liberal arts program, which will prepare them for lifelong learning.  Characteristics of persuasion, eloquence, and beauty are emphasized.  Rhetoric students are taught to present themselves in a way that is polished and persuasive, in both written and oral form.  Once again, the emphasis is on building upon knowledge and skills gained in previous stages.  It is in the Rhetoric program that RCCS graduates are prepared to enter the world of higher education and/or work.  The goal of the program is to equip students with a solidly Biblical worldview and to prepare them to use the knowledge and understanding, as well as skills and virtues they have accrued in order to express themselves with both wisdom and eloquence as Christ's representatives in the world.