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What is the Rhetoric Stage?

Finally, during the rhetoric stage, when students in their teens begin to be concerned (to a fault) about self expression and appearance, why not teach them the art of rhetoric – the skills of wise and effective presentation in language? Rhetorical skill is the culmination of the process of learning. It brings knowledge and understanding together to be expressed in a wise, persuasive form.

Strawbridge, Gregg. Classical & Christian Education. Veritas Press, 2002. Third Edition.

Rhetoric School Program Overview

Rhetoric school at Christian Heritage Classical School consists of 9th through 12th grades.  The Rhetoric School curriculum includes the core subjects (Math, History, Science, and English) as well as courses in Bible, Spanish, Rhetoric, and P.E.  Electives include Theatre, Art, Chorale, Strings, and Yearbook. 

Students are given the opportunity to take pre-AP and AP courses in Math, English, and Science. The Math curriculum includes courses in Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. Science offerings include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy & Physiology.  Rhetoric school history courses include U.S. History, World History, Economics, and Government.

There are 5 opportunities for our students to take part in Dual Credit classes offered through LeTourneau University. Currently those classes include: 10th Grade Theology, 11th Grade History (1st and 2nd semester), 12th Grade Government and 12th Grade Economics.

The culmination of the Rhetoric School education for students at Christian Heritage is the completion of a senior thesis. "The good man speaking well" is an essential aim of a classical, Christ-centered education.  At no point in the curriculum is this goal more tangible than during the final year as students research, write, and defend their senior theses.
Christian Heritage Classical School is a member of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and competes in the following sports:  Six Man Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Track, and Tennis.  Extracurricular activities also include National Honor Society, TAPPS high school academic and speech meets, and TMEA All-Region and All-State Choir and String Orchestra competitions.  Annual retreats, class trips, and mission trips add to the overall educational experience for Rhetoric School students at Christian Heritage Classical School.

Logic & Rhetoric School Courses Include:

Senior Thesis
Anatomy & Physiology
Computer applications
Pre-AP and AP courses are offered in English, Math, and Science

Honors courses are available in selected areas

Enrichment Opportunities

Field Trips

Students in Logic school and Rhetoric school continue to enjoy various field trips each year that enhance their educational experience. Frequent destinations include the Institute of Wilderness Studies at Pine Cove, San Antonio, The Perot Museum, The Passion Conference, Washington, D.C., LeTourneau University and more.


Rhetoric School students enjoy a back-to-school, off-campus retreat each year prior to the first day of classes.  

Daily Chapels

Each school day begins with a 15 minute chapel service. Each day includes either small group discussions, student-led praise team, or teaching by our campus chaplain.



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