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Course Guide (Rhetoric School)

An Academic Overview

For 2,500 years, education in the West has prepared students to make a difference in the world. At Trinity, our goal is to equip students for purposeful lives characterized by virtue, wisdom, purpose, and courage. The last six years of our program, the Rhetoric School, intensifies this effort in the lives of each student. Upon graduation, our students will step into the world of adult responsibility, and we want them to be ready as thoughtful, active Christians who can make the most of the educational opportunities that follow.

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Trinity Classical Academy has made the professional development of its faculty a top priority. Faculty who come to teach in the Rhetoric School, whether experienced or novices to the profession, are engaged in an ongoing protocol of training and improvement.

Mentoring. The Head of School and the Upper School Principal observe each new Rhetoric School faculty. New faculty meet regularly to discuss observations and other important aspects of school culture unique to Trinity. In the first semester, the Upper School Principal observes the new faculty at least three times.  In the second semester, observations and meetings continue.

Formal instructional training. Faculty are sent on a regular basis to formal programs designed to improve instruction in specialized areas. Humanities faculty, for instance, receive formal training in Socratic instruction or in the classic texts they teach. Faculty instructing AP courses go through a weeklong training and certification from the AP program in their courses.

Annual evaluation. Each faculty member receives an annual evaluation that may be based on the following elements:

  • Observations by supervisory staff.
  • Self-evaluation.
  • Accountability for professional development goals.

Travel programs. Faculty with significant tenure can qualify for educational travel.

Updated August 2021