Turning Thinkers Into Leaders
Veritas students who master rhetoric can effectively communicate their ideas and influence others, essential skills for leadership and positive impact. They can analyze and evaluate arguments, express their thoughts, and develop critical thinking skills. This can be applied to various industries, leading to meaningful contributions to society and positive change.
What we focus on during the Rhetoric Phase
Omnibus: Finding Truth in the Great Books
Veritas faculty developed a course of reading through the Great Books called Omnibus. Students learn history, theology, and literature by reading the Scriptures and the Great Books.
Rhetoric: A Good Man (or Woman) Speaking Well
The great teacher Quintilian defined rhetoric as “a good man speaking well.” At Veritas, we believe this—except we add “good women” as well. In Rhetoric, students learn to create speeches, and they practice speaking and writing persuasively.
Math: Glimpsing the Beauty of Numbers
Veritas often study Calculus 1 and 2 in High School, but that is not the end of our study of math. In math, we seek to see beauty, order, and the mind of God in the language of math.
Science: Opening the Book of Nature
Veritas high school students explore the Book of Nature in the laboratory. They all study Biology and Chemistry. Veritas students explore the world confident that the Bible and the truth they find in science have the same Author.
Languages: Restoring Babel
Veritas students can either continue with classical language in high school by deep-dive into Latin or study a modern foreign language: Spanish, Italian, and French. Because of their mastery of Latin, Veritas students move through other languages confidently.
Learning to Love Beauty Through Art and Music
Veritas students learn to value beauty as they learn artistic technical skills or art appreciation. They can continue signing in the choir or the Advanced Choral Ensemble. They also have the opportunity to shine in our strings program.
Cultivating Service in the Student Honorary Societies
Honor students work to tutor younger students, read with elementary students, catalog the books at Veritas, serve as student ambassadors, or serve in the science labs as assistants and organizers.
Senior Thesis: The Crowning Achievement
During their senior year, students write a thesis paper. They have to defend this thesis publicly and be questioned by adult experts who have read their paper. This process prepares Veritas students to thrive in college or career and imbues them with the ability to prove their point.
Building Connections Between Subjects & Life
In the rhetoric stage of classical education, students focus on electives based on their interests and aptitude. Literature appreciation is emphasized over destructive criticism, and students should learn a little of every subject while focusing on a few in detail. The study of theology helps students make connections between subjects and see that all knowledge is related to God.
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