The Rhetoric Stage

The classical and Christian program is a time-proven method teaching accord to how God made us to learn.  During the high school years, students develop even further and are challenged to use logic and rhetoric skills.  High School students progress to the Rhetoric stage, where students are prepared to present their scientific findings, defend their faith convictions, analyze worldview, critique ideas and artistry, engage in creative and expository writing, and research with wisdom and eloquence. 

Humanities courses encompass the disciplines of literature, history, theology and rhetoric/oration.  The “Omnibus method” is a classical, Christian approach which continues the timeline study of the thoughts and philosophies from the Renaissance to Modern Era, while teaching students to analyze them by the light of God’s word.  The course studies the worldview of the enlightenment and modern era as reflected in literature, art, music, historical accounts, and scientific development and the worldview of the authors of ancient writings.  In the spring, the students host a Historic Feast and Ball featuring an elegent evening of games, food, and dancing of the time period studied.

High School Mathematics courses are:  Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Trigonometry, or AP Calculus.

Science courses include Biology and Lab (Apologia), and Physics (Apologia).

Classics and Foreign Language courses include Rhetoric and Oration, Advanced Spanish (Dual Enrollment through Rio Salado College).

Special Events and Field Trips scheduled for the year are a locally performed Shakespeare play-The Tempest, “Arsenic and Old Lace”, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the Arizona Opera, and others. 

Electives are courses that introduce the student to life-long skills.  This year’s electives include:  Protocol and Etiquette, Hand Bell Choir, Ram Voices-Chorus Group, Sewing, Music Theory and Composition, Web Skills and Cyber-Communications, and Physical Education.

Past experiences include:  Survival Skills, CPR, Orienteering, Fencing, Bowling, Photography, Marksmanship, Practical Mechanics, Self-Defense, Brass Band, and Archery.