Rhetoric Level (9th-12th)
The Rhetoric stage is the capstone stage of Classical Education. Synthesizing both the knowledge from the Grammar Stage and the critical thinking skills of the Logic stage, Rhetoric students focus on developing strong communication skills, using both written and spoken language to express their thoughts eloquently and persuasively. As students create content and develop their ideas, teachers focus on the development of each student's ability to ask good questions, tackle tough problems, and express their viewpoints clearly and biblically.
Our Rhetoric Program is a required two day program (with optional Thursdays, see below). This allows our students to have more in-depth class discussion, mentoring time with their instructors and extended time for labs and course integration.
Rhetoric Level Course Descriptions
Foreign Language: Spanish & French
Spanish will be taught using Descubre. This program offers CCA students the opportunity for daily language practice utilizing many on-line components such as vocabulary and grammar tutorials with practice activities, audio, video, and digital voice recording. Students will also use a workbook and lab manual for their weekly assignments, which are designed to build competency in all four of the language acquisition areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing. CCA’s four-year program will prepare students for advanced study of the Spanish language. We encourage Advanced Spanish students with an aptitude in languages to prepare for the SAT Subject Test in that area.
Math will be taught by skill level – Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-calculus, and AP Calculus. Math is taught twice each week – in a live class on Mondays and in a virtual class mid-week. It is required that students attend both class periods. We encourage Algebra II students with an aptitude in math to prepare for the SAT Math I Subject Test and Pre – Calculus students with an aptitude in math to prepare for the SAT Math II Subject Test. In AP Calculus, a special emphasis will be given to preparation for the National AP Exam.
R1 students are scheduled to take Biology, R2 students are scheduled to take Chemistry, and R3 students are scheduled to take Physics. Chemistry has a math prerequisite of Algebra I. Physics has a math prerequisite of Algebra I, Geometry, and basic Trigonometry functions. We encourage Biology, Chemistry, and Physics students with an aptitude in the sciences to prepare for the SAT Subject Test in those areas. If your student is prepared to take a science other than the science he/she is scheduled to take, please let us know and we can try to accommodate your student.
Applied Math and Science (R1 & R2)
Our Applied Math and Science class is a two-year (R1/2) course that focuses on teaching through five units: Technology, Econ/Personal Finance, Probability/Matrices, Forensics, and Investing in order to help students apply and grow their knowledge in extremely practical applications of math and science.
Fundamentals of Professionalism (R3 & R4)
This class will teach the practical skills required for launching well into the next phase of life. The course will cover: goal setting, gifts and talents assessments, translating skills and gifts into a career, becoming a self-directed learner, exploring interest areas, marketing yourself, finding where to learn after CC, finding mentors, and landing internships. In this course, students will have the chance to dive more deeply into an area of study that excites them and learn how to translate the education they’ve received so far into marketable skills.
The word omnibus comes from Latin “for all” and truly embodies the heart of our classical curriculum. This course seeks to integrate history, literature, theology, composition, and art/music history. 9th grade (R1) students will study these topics through the lens of our American heritage in Omnibus: American Studies. 10th-12th grade (R2-R4) students will study these topics in a three-year rotation of Ancient, Medieval and Modern Times. The curriculum for the course is based upon Great Works with sharp focus on the ideas rather than just the facts. Subsequently, the reading material and class discussion provide a rich resource for in-depth and integrated instruction including a variety of composition tasks.
Literary Analysis (R2-R4)
The purpose of this course is to further students’ understanding of concepts in literary analysis and to hone their critical thinking and writing skills. Students will be learning to look at literature more deeply in order to discover underlying themes, techniques and ideas presented by the various authors. This course is intended as specific preparation for college-level literary analysis. It will enrich our current Rhetoric Level curriculum by focusing more exclusively on literary techniques and devices rather than the broader topics covered in Omnibus.
Foreign Language Café
The Foreign Language Café gives rhetoric level Spanish & French students the opportunity to use the language at their level in a relaxed setting. Each week, students will be alerted to a topic that will be discussed during the café time. As homework, they will be expected to review vocabulary appropriate to that topic. During the café, students will be required to converse in Spanish or French for 20 minutes about that topic. No English allowed!
Building on the foundations of Introductory Formal Logic and Critical Thinking/Argument Building, Critical Writing is a course designed to develop students’ abilities to become effective and eloquent persuasive writers. As a part of this process, students will analyze a variety of texts, practice classic methods of argumentation, and learn rhetorical strategies that will enhance their abilities to think and write critically in upper-level coursework.
Classical Rhetoric I
R2 students will begin training in the art of written and oral expression. Classical Rhetoric I will focus on oral expression and the art of delivering a well-crafted speech. After studying the three classical means of persuasion (Pathos, Ethos, Logos) and famous speeches, students will prepare a mini thesis project second semester. At the end of the class, students will be well-versed in the tools of oral rhetoric and ready for Classical Rhetoric II.
Classical Rhetoric II
R3 students will be introduced to the field of apologetics. The goal of this class is to give students tools for defending the Christian Faith against common objections raised by non-believers. Students will learn to analyze and refute arguments raised against Christianity by integrating knowledge learned from Logic and Classical Rhetoric I. Students will learn the distinctions between Classical and Presuppositional Apologetics. Students will be writing extensively in this class and will have many opportunities for argumentation. During the second semester, students will create a thesis of 20 pages on a theological topic of their choice and defend the thesis orally before a panel.
In classical education, based in antiquity, the Quadrivium is the integration of the four “sister sciences”(Pythagoras) of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. The relationships between these subjects have been studied and taught since the earliest days of Greek education. This course moves beyond the preparatory work of the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) to explore the deep interconnections between number, space and time. In doing so, R4 students have the opportunity to complete their personal journey through the seven core liberal arts.
AP English Literature and Composition
(available based on student interest)
Our AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of representative works from various genres and periods. Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure; style; and themes, as well as smaller elements such as the use of figurative language; imagery; symbolism; and tone. A special emphasis will be given to preparation for the National AP Exam.
AP World History
(available based on student interest)
AP World History is a rigorous, college-level course designed to explore human history from 8000 B.C.E. to the present. We will emphasize the development of analytical and writing skills necessary for success on a collegiate level. To this end, the course devotes considerable time to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, analysis of historiography, the principles, theories, or methodology of scholarly historical research and presentation and inquiry into global connections that have shaped our present world. A special emphasis will be given to preparation for the National AP Exam, including historical writing through essay and document-based questions (DBQ) as well as objective evaluations.
This course is the capstone of a classically trained student. Our R4 students will be required to integrate the facts acquired at the grammar stage, the tools of reasoned argumentation and logic learned at the dialectic stage, and the art of eloquent expression learned in previous rhetoric courses to compose and present persuasive arguments. These arguments will follow the classical divisions of the progymnasmata exercises. During this course students will create a major thesis of 35-40 pages and defend the thesis orally before a panel of faculty members and experts. In addition, special emphasis will be given to preparation for the English Language and Composition National AP Exam.
Independent Study (R4)
Independent Study (IS) provides an individual R4 student the opportunity to pursue a passion or explore a particular topic of interest and to gain considerable knowledge in that topic area. Participation in this course will serve to enhance skills in curating, analyzing, synthesizing, and integrating information from diverse sources and experiences. The Independent Study student will work closely with a CCA faculty member who has agreed to be the IS supervisor and who will approve the plan of study, direct the study in a mentorship role, and evaluate the outcome. Because IS requires greater self-discipline and a more developed sense of purpose and direction than a traditional course, the student who elects to take I.S. should be a highly motivated learner who is seeking a unique and personalized educational experience that will help to shape and inform further studies at the collegiate level.
Join us back at Village Church of Barrington each Thursday for math class, a corporate study session and ACT/SAT Prep. The day will begin at 8:20 am. The morning will consist of supervised study time for all students. Students enrolled in math will have a class in the morning. Students will enjoy lunch together and then participate in the electives of their choosing. Cost for the study hall will be $315 for the year. Elective courses can be found through the HEART program which meets on Thursdays at VCB.
Study Hall is designed for students who would like to participate in Thursday enrichment activities, but they need a little extra time to finish some work. Students must bring their own work to be completed independently. There will be a proctor in the classroom to make sure students are quietly and diligently completing their work.
Our ACT/SAT Prep one-semester course is designed to help prepare students for the ACT and SAT tests. In addition to reviewing the basic verbal and mathematical skills assessed on these tests, students will learn test-taking strategies specific to the exams, work practice problems, and write sample essays. Upon successful completion of this course, students will possess the tools necessary to complete the ACT and SAT tests to the best of their abilities.
Thursday Morning Study Hall $350 ($35.00/month)
ACT/SAT Prep $125 ($12.50/month)
Being a student at CC has been the most challenging, but also the most rewarding experience of my life
Grace R., Rhetoric Student
I love the relationships I have developed during my time at Classical Consortium.
Abigail A., Rhetoric Student
I love CC because it has prompted my love of learning and is a safe haven for me.
Eliza M., Rhetoric Student