Upper School (Rhetoric)

The Rhetoric stage (9th – 12th) is focused on wisdom. In these years, students learn to reason critically and express themselves persuasively. They are now prepared to craft their own ideas in clear, elegant, persuasive language. This prepares students to write college-level theses.  The rhetoric stage students explore areas that they enjoy at a deeper level and develop a stronger understanding of how they bear God’s image. The rhetoric student may reflect Christ in the ways they create order through working an elegant math derivation, help promote truth and goodness through a winsome essay, or reflect beauty in the design of their works of art. Students in the Rhetoric Stage at Trinity will be challenged toward leadership in every area of life as they learn to express themselves clearly and convincingly.

Rhetoric stage students will:

  • Express ideas gracefully through winsome oration and eloquent writing
  • Use knowledge framework and the skill of logical argument to write and speak about all subjects in the curriculum
  • Create what is true, good, and beautiful
  • Specialize in areas of the student’s natural aptitude or interests during the student’s last two years
  • Continue to study original text and great books, joining the “Great Conversation”
  • Study formal Rhetoric
  • Develop “fair-mindedness,” the ability to consider multiples sides of an argument
  • In the junior and senior years, students will work throughout the year to research, draft and refine a thesis presentation which is orally presented to the school at the end of the academic year.

School Subjects

9th Grade

Geometry
Biology
Theology: Hermeneutics
Rhetoric-Writing
Omnibus: The Late Modern Period
Art
Music
Spanish

10th Grade

Geometry
Biology
Theology: Hermeneutics
Rhetoric-Writing
Omnibus: The Late Modern Period
Art
Music
Spanish

11th Grade

Pre-Calculus and Calculus
Advanced Biology or Chemistry
Theology: Hermeneutics
Thesis
Omnibus: The Late Modern Period
Art
Music
Spanish

12th Grade

Pre-Calculus and Calculus
Advanced Biology or Chemistry
Theology: Hermeneutics
Thesis
Omnibus: The Late Modern Period
Art
Music
Spanish