Upper School: 7th-12th Grade

The Upper School is comprised of two parts: Logic School (7th-8th grades) and Rhetoric School (9th-12th grades). The Logic and Rhetoric Schools are named for the primary classical discipline studied in those grade levels.

Classical Studies

The classical subjects of Logic, Rhetoric, and Latin are taught as part of our core curriculum.

  • Formal Logic courses in 7th and 8th grade develop discernment and critical thinking skills. Students will learn to identify fallacies and to form valid argumentation.
  • Rhetoric Studies in 9th-12th grade include Academic Writing, Debate, and Rhetoric. During the junior and senior years, students research, develop, defend, and present a senior thesis.
  • The study of Latin is beneficial for analytical thinking skills, increasing English vocabulary, and cementing the concept of grammatical structure. All students study Latin I and II during 7th and 8th grade with the option of continuing Honors Latin studies at the Rhetoric level.

Humanities

History and Literature progress chronologically from Ancient History to the Modern Era and are integrated to provide deeper understanding of each time period. Students will examine primary source documents to learn first person accounts of history and will explore period literature to consider how the people from that time period humans related to themselves, to others, to the world, and to God.

Math and Science

  • Students will explore a broad range of scientific disciplines. Life Science courses include Life Science, Biology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. Mathematical Science Courses include Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics. Lab experiments under the direction of highly qualified science teachers will strengthen scientific understanding. Students can opt to further their science studies with advanced science electives.
  • Mathematical studies begin with Pre-Algebra and progress through the option of AP Calculus in 12th grade.

Biblical Studies

Students will study the Bible in-depth through Bible survey courses, Christian Theology, Apologetics, and Spiritual Disciplines courses. As they progress through their Biblical studies, students will develop a firm foundation of faith, a deeper relationship with God, and the ability to articulately defend their faith.

Fine Arts

  • Art is a unique way of creative self expression and problem solving. It is the application of imagination & creative skill. As students spend time making art, they think deeply and build a uniquely classical mindset. Our students produce award-winning art in many local and national competitions.
  • Music courses explore choral music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance with a focus on vocal technique, basic music theory, introduction to instrumental techniques, and music history. Students in 7th-12th grade participate in choral groups and can audition for Vocal Ensemble and Chapel Worship Band.

Foreign Language

Students in 9th-10th grade choose a Foreign Language to study for 2 consecutive years. Options include Latin I, II, III, and IV, Spanish I and II, French I and II.

Elective Offerings

  • Students in 11th-12th grade can choose elective classes in areas of their interest. Current elective offerings are Personal Finance, Advanced Art courses, Photography, Graphic Design, Weight Training, Advanced Chemistry, and Advanced Anatomy.