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The Rhetoric Years

Rhetoric school focuses on great books, great conversations and great ideas.
Great books are those that have shaped and continue to influence the way we think today. They have stood the test of time and are great because of their impact on humanity; not necessarily because everything they have said is great. Certain works, such as Darwin’s Origin of the Species must be read in the context of study, though not necessarily in total.

"If we encounter a man of are intellect,
we should ask him what books he reads."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We believe that certain subjects, such as science and math must be experienced and discussed if the subject is to be truly understood. Learning cannot be separated from worldview or philosophy, and we endeavor to teach all subjects from a great books perspective so that our students’ minds are renewed and our students are transformed. We have intentionally included as many of the great books as possible to be read, at least in part, within the context of each subject during the rhetoric years. We desire that our students be challenged, inspired and transformed by the community and conversation of their rhetoric course of study.

The goal of our educational philosophy is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue, the method is the trivium, the medium is language in pursuit of beauty, goodness and truth. Defining these ideals is challenging, defending them is critical. Without a clear definition of beauty, truth and goodness, the foundation on which our culture was fashioned will waste away.

We desire that our high school graduates be well-rounded disciples of Christ and recognize that the course of study that is offered at Covenant Academy will impact the attainment of that goal throughout their lifetime.

"Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world."
-- Nelson Mandela

Rhetoric School Course of Study

Covenant Academy Rhetoric School (10-12) Course of Study 2019


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Graduation Requirements

We require students to have 28 credit hours upon graduation as follows:

  • History (4)
  • Language Arts (4)
  • Mathematics (4)
  • Science (4)
  • Theology (4)
  • Languages (3)
  • Reasoning &
    Persuasion (2)
  • Fine Arts (1)
  • Physical Training/ Athletics (1)
  • Elective (1)

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