High School (Grades 9-12)

The final aspect of a classical education in the trivium is wisdom or rhetoric, in which we focus upon faithfully communicating what has been learned. High school students incorporate the subject matter into their own understanding; they then either reject the idea as unworthy or allow it to change the way they are thinking. This process only comes to fruition as the students learn to express in community the knowledge they have accumulated and evaluated. The study of rhetoric is the elegant expression of these opinions through speech and writing. According to Straford Caldecott in his book Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education, Rhetoric is…
not a set of techniques to impress (oratory, eloquence), nor a means of manipulating the will and emotions of others (sophistry, advertising), but rather a way of liberating the freedom of others by showing them the truth in a form they can understand… In order to ‘persuade’ in this sense, and to do so ‘efficiently,’ a speaker’s words must be ‘charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree,’ as Ezra Pound said of great literature.
Students at this level are also preparing for college by taking AP Classes and deciding what diploma plans they wish to follow. In 2013, Dominion Academy students had a 100% AP pass rate and our ACT average was 28. In addition, nine out of our fourteen 2013 graduates achieved full rides at the colleges they chose to attend. Students in this level typically attend the program four days a week. More details about our high school program: