The secondary school is divided into two stages… grades 7-8 (the Logic Stage) and grades 9-12 (the Rhetoric Stage).
In grades 7-8, the students take the mastered information from the Grammar Stage and bring it into ordered relationships. Students begin to apply logic, assessing the validity of arguments and learning to view information critically with more discerning minds.
In grades 9-12, students learn to articulate eloquently and persuasively, and to use the tools of knowledge and understanding acquired in the earlier stages. This is the point at which the strength of a classical education is made fully visible.
Click here for an overview of the Logos School secondary curriculum.
Senior Course Options
By the time students reach their senior year in high school, they have usually developed interests in specific areas. Therefore, they will be given the opportunity to pursue those areas through the following senior course options. These options are designed to allow students the opportunity to learn one or two subjects well. As Dorothy Sayers says, “Whatever is mere apparatus may now be allowed to fall into the background, while the trained mind is gradually prepared for specialization in the “subjects” which, when the Trivium is completed, it should be perfectly well equipped to tackle on its own.” (from The Lost Tools of Learning) These options should aid the transition from the completion of the Trivium to the more specialized study that is a part of a college or university education.
Option 1: College or Online Class
This is a 1 credit option in which a student enrolls in a college or online class. Approved subjects include math, science, theology, humanities, and the fine arts. The class must be taken for credit and the student must submit a transcript to receive credit toward Logos graduation. Areas of study which do not qualify are recreational classes and/or self-guided courses with little accountability.
Option 2: Internship
The internship is a 1/2 credit option intended to provide seniors with the opportunity to study a career. Students must work a minimum of 2 hours per week on their internship. A variety of internships have been approved in the past (interning with an elementary or secondary Logos teacher, riding along with police officers, observing at a local vet clinic, etc.). Students are not allowed to be paid for the time they spend as an intern. Parents are responsible to provide oversight and any necessary supervision or screening (background checks, etc.) for this experience.
Procedures for Both Options
1. At least two weeks before the beginning of each semester, students must submit a written proposal to the principal, via email. Late proposals will not be considered. Proposals must describe the following:
a. the main purpose of and goals for the program
b. the work that the student will be doing weekly to achieve these goals (include the website link for online classes)
c. the number of hours per week that the student will be participating in the program
2. Students have two days to resubmit proposals which have been denied.
Guidelines for Both Options
1. Credit will not be granted for work completed before a proposal is approved.
2. Students will receive a grade of E, S, or U at the end of each quarter and semester.
3. Failure to make satisfactory progress in the first semester will disqualify the student from participating in these programs during the second semester.
4. Students may only request approval for one semester at a time.
College Planning Handbook
This link contains detailed information on preparing for college.
Dialectic Speech Meet
The following is information for the Dialectic Speech Meet for the 7th-9th grade students. Most of the work and grading is done during English class (Mrs. Courtney for the 7th and 8th grade students and Mrs. Wilson for the 9th grade students). For the final meet on the students will perform their pieces with students from other classes in the same category. That afternoon during 7th period there will be an assembly to hear the top performances from each category.
- Mid-September – Information goes home.
- Beginning of October – Selections are due.
- Mid-October – Piece is presented for a memory grade.
- Beginning of November– Speech Meet
Rhetoric Speech Meet
The following is information for the upcoming Rhetoric Speech Meet for the 10th-12th grade students. Please note a few differences between the Dialectic Speech Meet of the 7th-9th graders and the Rhetoric Speech Meet:
- Poetry must be through the Poetry Out Loud program.
- Readers Theater and the Original Oratory categories are allowed.
- Children’s books and plays are allowed as sources for material.
- There is no memory check. Pieces will be presented once in class for a grade, and once at the meet for a test grade.
- Mid December – information goes home
- Mid January – Selections are due
- Toward the end of January – Piece is presented for a grade
- Beginning of February – Speech Meet