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High School

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

– Plato

High School: Rhetoric

The last stage of the student’s education, the rhetoric stage, is, perhaps, the most important. If one were to compare the cultivation of wisdom to the preparation of a feast, then the student has spent the grammar stage cleaning the house, cooking the meal, setting the table, finally the table is ready, the time has arrived to feast. 

At the rhetoric  stage, the student is prepared, through the foundational work he has done at the grammar and logic stages, to finally be able to actively participate in their education, and through discussion with his classmates, led by the teacher, to arrive at an understanding of the subject matter. 

It is the change in the method of instruction that most clearly differentiates the rhetoric stage from  the grammar and logic stages. At the rhetoric stage, the purpose of the class is not only the relaying of information from the teacher to the student, but to have the teacher guide the student in examining a text and coming to conclusions which they can articulately convey, using beautiful language and sound reasoning. 

Employing the Socratic method, some of our classes at this stage resemble the university environment in which the student is expected to engage at a very high level. The senior year is capped by a required senior thesis, a lengthy written work which the student must defend before his thesis committee and later present publicly. 

High School Educators

Ms. Amy Meadows


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Mr. Joe Wilson

Upper School Lead
Administrative Team
Instructor Latin/History

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Mr. William Sears

Upper School Instructor

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Dr. Jessica Eagle

Upper School Instructor

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Mr. John Spencer 

Upper School Instructor
Economics/CS Lewis/Self Defense

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Mr. Michael O’Donnel

Upper School Instructor

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Mr. Kevin Ritter

History and Government

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