Rhetoric

9th-12th GRADES

While our Upper School has the appearance of propriety—school uniforms, disciplined classrooms, respectful interactions between students and teachers–it is actually a wrestling match. Not down-in-the-dirt, bloody-knuckles, tempers-flaring wrestling, but a messy tangle nonetheless. Students grounded in knowledge from their grammar and dialectic school years are ready to take on the great ideas of the centuries, and they do so in many forms: speeches, debates, presentations, papers, graded discussions, and even bull-riding. In their speaking and writing, they carefully consider the complexity of ideas, weigh the arguments, argue both sides, and develop conclusions. This thinking occurs in the context of a biblical worldview; students are taught to turn to Scripture as they form their opinions. As rhetoric students mature into young adults in the culminating years of high school, we see thoughtful individuals who are prepared to see the world as God sees it, through a Christian worldview. With a strong knowledge base and a solid understanding of core disciplines, rhetoric students articulate a biblical worldview. Their studies focus on the greats: Great Ideas I and II and Great Works of Theology. Having engaged in debate throughout their studies, they have learned Christian charity in discussing ideas with opponents and are truly growing in wisdom.

At Augustine, we desire to see a resurgence of the Christian intellectual culture and are doing our part to educate our oldest students with that goal in mind.

We offer:

  • a rigorous and thoughtful course of study for 7th-12th grade, culminating with an Augustine diploma at graduation
  • passionate, faithful, and knowledgeable Christian teachers appreciative of classical methodology
  • camaraderie of peers learning together in a culture shaped by Colossians 2: 2-10
  • core program consisting of six disciplines: math, science, language, literature, Bible, and history with significant integration among humanities coursework
  • arts program with required participation in choir, instrumental instruction, drama, and studio art, that students would learn to worship God through these creative mediums
  • co-curricular programs in Mock Trial, rowing, fencing, skiing, tennis
  • annual Shakespeare production including all Upper School students

Courses Offered

9th Grade:

  • Bible:  Apologetics
  • History: United States History
  • Literature: United States Literature
  • Math: Algebra II
  • Science: Conceptual Physics
  • Language: Latin

10th Grade:

  • Bible:  Great Works of Theology
  • History: United States History
  • Literature: United States Literature
  • Math: Algebra II
  • Science: Conceptual Physics
  • Language: Latin or Spanish I

11th Grade:

  • Bible:  Great Works of Theology
  • History: Great Ideas II
  • Literature: Great Ideas II
  • Math: Pre-Calculus
  • Science: Advanced Physics
  • Language: Spanish I or II

12th Grade:

  • Bible:  Apologetics
  • History: Great Ideas II
  • Literature: Great Ideas II
  • Math: AP Calculus
  • Science: Advanced Physics or Environmental Science
  • Language: Spanish II

All students study music, drama, and visual arts in addition to the courses listed above.