Senior Dialectic & Rhetoric Schools
The high school program serves two communities of students: the Senior Dialectic School consisting of traditional 9th graders and the Rhetoric school consisting of 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Meeting twice weekly, this school intends to direct the high school student through independent and thought-provoking high school work. Because students at the high school level should be working toward more independent work, the relationship between the student, parent/teacher, and teacher/tutor relies heavily on the student and TMS teacher/tutor relationship. This move is part of the natural student maturation process.
During the high school years, TMS recognizes the need for flexibility while also seeing the challenges of a dissolved community should traditional elements of classical education be studied in an ala carte form rather than together. This is especially true of those elements associated with the Humane Letters. Because of this struggle, TMS has designed a modified university model for high school studies. In essence, the TMS high school student body enrolls in a Humanities Core then has the choice of opting in or out of other more traditional high school electives.
TMS High School Humanities Core
- History – History, church history, elements of the fine arts as they impact history, government (when relevant) and geography. High school credits for each subset of history studies vary from year to year.
- Literature and Composition – Literature titles, driven by the historical period of study, are critically analyzed an introductory level. Students continue to develop writing skills through the Progymnasmata.
- Speech – Senior dialectic students polish the art of public speaking and principles of making an argument in verbal form. The class includes online debates with classmates as well as an annual public performance. This is the final step of speech preparation before moving toward true Rhetoric.
- Rhetoric – In the tradition of the ancient Greeks, our students work to learn the art of making an argument, engaging in Socratic discussion and the ability to argue and defend a point – regardless of their personal opinion on the matter at hand. This piece of the TMS Core Studies culminates with the development, presentation, and defense of a senior thesis.
- Logic – Students study principles of logic and the classic syllogism with the application of the ideas made to real world situations.
- Worldview – The evolution of thought of man – especially the last 150 years – is a challenge to understand as an adult, let alone a student! But in tracing the ever-changing man-focused worldview, students learn to appreciate the value of truth for truth’s sake.
- Economics – This is one of those courses that is not in keeping with a purely classical model, but one many students and parents request. TMS believes that economic principals can be taught in a God-honoring manner. Not only do our students study economics in this manner, but they also gain dual credit.
- The high school scope and sequence outlines other courses and their potential for dual credit.
- The most current booklist may also provide helpful information.
Students enrolled in the junior-level (RII) humanities core will receive dual credit for Humanities I, Economics, and Rhetoric for a total of nine college credits. Students enrolled in the senior-level (RIII) core will finish their studies with Humanities II, composition, literature, and a senior practicum. All senior-level cores are also for college credit, earning a student a total of 12 college credits their senior year.
TMS High School Electives
Electives offered to high school students are presented twice weekly in the afternoons. These are offered on a student needs basis. Although a scope and sequence outlines the ideal placement of these electives, availability is determined by student body needs and desires. Students wishing to enroll in TMS electives must enroll in the TMS High School Humanities Core.