High School

The final stage of secondary education is the rhetoric or poetic stage. Students in the rhetoric stage are called upon to arrange facts into arguments, and to move beyond peer-level competition into mature relationships, exhibiting wisdom as learning is applied. With these ends in view, students learn to identify and analyze assumptions made by peers, texts, and teachers, learning along the way that they must take captive every thought for Christ. A successfully trained rhetoric student should know, by the grace of our Lord, how to think God’s thoughts after him.

At Adelphia, we believe with other Classical Christian educators that “the teacher is the lesson.” While we aim to maintain rigor in our academic disciplines, the aim of a class always rises above its text: Latin solidifies the order of language, science kindles a desire to find order and express wonder at God’s creation, mathematics reveals underlying structure in varying magnitudes of creation, and the humanities display God’s unending providence in the superintendence of man’s affairs.

Examples of curriculum are:

  • Apologia Sciences (Physical, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Teaching Textbooks Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus)
  • Social Studies/Sciences (World History, US History, Government & Economics, Geography)
  • Literature (Fundamentals, American, British, World)
  • Composition (MLA standards)
  • English (Grammar Review)
  • Latin Alive 1/2

In addition to core subjects, we offer a variety of electives (Foreign Languages, Home Ec, SAT Prep, Study Skills, Debate, Yearbook Publishing, Art, etc) as well as bible, music, and drama.

High schoolers meet on campus all three days (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays). We have structured the class time to accommodate finishing as much homework on those days as possible, however at the this level, homework is inevitable (reading, composition, math, etc, cannot all be finished within the class periods). Although we have rigorous standards, we have a balanced amount of homework, freeing up the students some to pursue extra-curricular activities such as playing sports, being involved in a club or theater, working, or even taking supplementary college classes.