Student Life in Upper School

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School of Logic: 5th – 8th Grades

The School of Logic (5th – 8th grades) takes the foundational knowledge gained in the Grammar stage and expounds on it. Students in this phase are naturally argumentative and are beginning to ask difficult questions about their world.  Analysis and critical reasoning are the chief mental acts of this stage. Developmentally, logic students learn best through debate and discussion.

Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
History Ancient History Medieval History Modern History U.S. History
Capstone: National
History Day Project
Christian Studies Old Testament Survey New Testament Survey
English Language & 
Literature
Ancient Literature Medieval Literature Modern Literature American Literature
Math
Dimensions Level 5 Math In Focus:
Course 1
Math In Focus:
Course 2
Pre-Algebra
Algebra 1
Science Anatomy &
Physiology
Chemistry &
Physics
General Science Physical Science
Latin Latin A Latin B Latin 1A* Latin 1B*
Fine Arts Choir Shakespearean
Theater
Art Art, Theater,
or Choir
Additional Electives Dance & Decorum I Dance & Decorum II
Athletics Athletics are offered throughout the year. For more information, please visit our Athletics page.

*If completed at ACS, Latin 1A and Latin 2A combine to count for 1 full credit of Rhetoric Latin.

School of Rhetoric: 9th – 12th Grades

This stage is the culmination of the Trivium. The student of rhetoric takes the foundational knowledge gained in grammar school, the analytical skills of the logic stage and begins producing and defending his/her own ideas. Thesis defense and eloquent written and oral communication are the hallmarks of the rhetoric stage.

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
History
3 credits
Ancient History Medieval &
Renaissance History
U.S. History in
Global Context
Christian Studies
2 credits
Development of
Christian Doctrine &
Church History I
Exegesis &
Hermeneutics
Applied Exegesis &
Church History II
Apologetics &
Ethics
English Language & 
Literature
4 credits
Ancient Literature Medieval &
Renaissance History
Modern Literature Senior Thesis
Math
3 credits
Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Pre-Calculus or
Discrete Mathematics
Geometry Algebra II Pre-Calculus or
Discrete Mathematics
Calculus or
Probability &
Statistics
Science
3 credits
Biology Physics I Chemistry Physics II
Latin
2 credits
Latin I or
Latin II
Latin Honors Sequence or
Spanish & Cross-Cultural Ministry Honors Sequence
Classical Leadership
3.5 credits
Intermediate Logic Classical Rhetoric &
Composition
Principles of
Leadership
Introduction to
Philosophy
Government &
Economics
2 credits
Constitutional
Government

Economics

Fine Arts
1 credit
Studio Art I,
Theater I, or
Choir I (0.5) &
Rhetoric Choir I (0.25)
Studio Art I,
Theater I, or
Choir I (0.5) &
Rhetoric Choir I (0.25)
Rhetoric Choir III
(.25)
Rhetoric Choir IV
(.25)
Additional Electives
1.5 credits
ACS offers a variety of additional elective courses, such as Personal Finance, Creative Writing, and others. Students may take additional years of Fine Arts courses to fulfill this requirement, or they may elect to complete honors courses.
Athletics
1 credit
Students earn the equivalent of 1 credit by playing a sport or taking other approved physical education courses.
Athletics are offered throughout the year. For more information, please visit our Athletics page.

 

Schedule


Note: For Logic students, approximately 1 hour of homework is assigned on Wednesday evenings.