Rhetoric (Grades 9-12)

Rhetoric (Grades 9-12)

Once Mars Hill Academy students in grades 9-12 have become proficient and logical thinkers, they learn how to eloquently and persuasively express themselves, both orally and in writing.  

The Rhetoric phase is the culmination of a Mars Hill Academy education. As high school students acquire the skills to communicate clearly and effectively, they begin to solidify their own opinions and beliefs. Juniors and seniors research and write a thesis paper, which they must present and defend orally. Through this process, students become better equipped for future opportunities to write a graduate thesis, teach a Bible study, or present a business plan. Rhetoric skills are tools for life.

Rhetoric courses are complemented by a variety of offerings. In Antiquities, Christendom, American Humanities, and Modernity classes, Rhetoric School students read great books such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, A Tale of Two Cities, and Pride and Prejudice. Students may continue their study of Latin and Spanish or learn Greek or Hebrew. Challenging science and math courses include Conceptual Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Astronomy, as well as Geometry, Algebra, Calculus, and Economics. Biblical Interpretation, Apologetics, and Biblical Worldview capstone classes all reinforce the integrated classical and Christian education Mars Hill students receive. 

Rhetoric School students have a variety of arts and athletics offerings from which to choose. All students in grades 9-12 participate in the Protocol program, in which they gain practical knowledge of manners and etiquette. Students attend, and help organize, the annual Worldview Summit in Washington, D.C.  Mars Hill Academy students graduate well-prepared for college, work, service, or any future endeavor. 

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