Dialectic

Our Upper School programs are for students of approximately 6th–8th grades. The goal at this level is for students to learn to analyze and organize information in a logical manner while continuing to grow in wisdom and virtue. We not only teach logic, but also approach each subject from a dialectical perspective, integrating the analytical concepts being acquired. In addition to didactic, lecture-based teaching, mimetic (imitative) teaching and Socratic discussion are employed by teachers so that students begin to engage with one another, evaluate validity, explore connections, and master new skills and ideas. Theology, the “queen” of the sciences, is integrated throughout each class, as students begin to understand that the light of Logos illuminates truth and unifies all of reality. We also incorporate opportunities for students to develop more winsome speech and demonstrate their burgeoning rhetorical skills.

At this stage, students will not only be expected to fully participate in class, but to be responsible for completing their work and to come to class prepared each week.

On Thursdays, students will attend classes on humanities (an integrated approach to literature, writing, history, and philosophy), fine arts (1 semester each of art & music), science, and Latin. Monday afternoons will feature classes on logic, advanced English grammar, world geography, and fine arts [1 semester each of music (including group violin lessons) & theater].