What is the Rhetoric Stage?
Finally, during the rhetoric stage, when students in their teens begin to be concerned (to a fault) about self expression and appearance, why not teach them the art of rhetoric – the skills of wise and effective presentation in language? Rhetorical skill is the culmination of the process of learning. It brings knowledge and understanding together to be expressed in a wise, persuasive form.
Strawbridge, Gregg. Classical & Christian Education. Veritas Press, 2002. Third Edition.
Rhetoric School Program Overview
Rhetoric school at Christian Heritage School consists of 9th through 12th grades. The high school curriculum includes the core subjects (Math, History, Science, and English) as well as courses in Bible, Spanish, Rhetoric, and P.E. Electives include Theatre, Art, Vocal Ensemble, Strings, Archery, College Prep, and Yearbook.
Students are given the opportunity to take pre-AP and AP courses in Math, English, and Science. The Math curriculum includes courses in Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. Science offerings include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy & Physiology. Rhetoric school history courses include U.S. History, World History, Economics, and Government.
The culmination of the rhetoric school education for students at Christian Heritage School is the completion of a senior thesis. "The good man speaking well" is the essential aim of a classical Christ-centered education. At no point in the curriculum is this goal more tangible than during the final year as students research, write, and defend their senior theses.
Christian Heritage School is a member of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and competes in the following sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Track, and Tennis. Extracurricular activities also include an active student council, TAPPS high school academic and speech meets, and TMEA All-Region and All-State Choir and String Orchestra competitions. Annual retreats, class trips, and mission trips add to the overall educational experience for rhetoric school students at Christian Heritage School.
Logic & Rhetoric School Courses Include:
Anatomy & Physiology
Pre-AP and AP courses are offered in English, Math, and Science
Honors courses are available in selected areas
Students in Logic school and rhetoric school continue to enjoy various field trips each year that enhance their educational experience. Frequent destinations include Medieval Times, the Institute of Wilderness Studies at Pine Cove, San Antonio, war reenactments, area museums, area colleges and universities, the Passion conference, Washington, D.C., and more.
Rhetoric school students enjoy a back-to-school, off-campus retreat each year prior to the first day of classes.
Each school day begins with a 15 minute chapel service. Each day includes either small group discussions, student-led praise team, or teaching by our campus chaplain.