The secondary grades build on the foundation laid during the primary learning. Students in the seventh and eighth grades continue developing their understanding of subjects while beginning to apply the principles of logic across the curriculum. In eighth grade they take a separate class in logic to further their foundation in this core skill. Music and studio art continue for all students in seventh and eighth grades.
Many opportunities to grow in rhetorical skills are provided to students as they develop their confidence to write well and communicate before an audience. All students will also take Latin through their eighth-grade year.
In high school our instructional focus shifts to rhetoric, by which we mean the clear and persuasive expression of ideas. The classroom curriculum itself is organized around three schools: Humane Letters, Math and Sciences, and Arts and Languages.
See our Secondary Course Outline and more information below.
Review our Secondary Course Outline
Humane Letters: This is a combination of history, literature, theology, philosophy, speaking and writing that is the heart of our program. The issues discussed in Humane Letters classes are ones that relate to every area of life. The course begins in the ancient world (9th grade), moves through the classical and medieval periods (10th grade), modern European history (11th grade) and finally culminates with the literature, history, and civics of the United States. During 11th and 12th grades, students also take a two-year course in classical rhetoric for more in-depth training in spoken and written expression. The primary text used here is Aristotle’s Rhetoric.
Some works read for ninth and tenth grade Humane Letters include: The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid (all complete texts); Plato’s Republic, Thucydides, Herodotus, Plutarch (selections); Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosophy (complete), Beowulf (complete), and Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio (complete texts). In the eleventh grade, Humane Letters students read complete texts of: Paradise Lost, Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, The Abolition of Man, and Brave New World, among others. In the twelfth grade, students read, among other works, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Roots of American Order, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Killer Angels, and Citizen Soldiers.
Math and Science includes arithmetic, geometry, advanced math (including precalculus, statistics, and calculus), history of science, as well as life and physical sciences (which include biology, chemistry, and physics). Math and Science are sometimes difficult to integrate with Humane Letters, but can be readily coordinated with it. Science classes approach the subject from a humane perspective by studying the historical and philosophical roots, as well as including more traditional methods of study and lab work.
Arts and Languages teach fine arts, music, and foreign and classical languages. Students take four years of foreign language study, either classical or modern. One of the foremost goals of education is to perceive the world rightly. This cannot be done without background in fine arts, so all students at Veritas high school take music and art history.
Field Trips and Class Events
Students in high school are able to participate not only in activities and clubs offered through Veritas, but also those offered at their local high school. If you have a student that plays a sport not offered at Veritas, they are eligible to play at their local high school regardless of enrollment. Check with your local high school for more information.
Washington DC (8th grade)
Each year, the eighth grade class takes an incredible U.S. history trip to explore the area around Washington DC. Stops include such important sites as Arlington Cemetery, the Capitol, the White House, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and the Smithsonian Museums!
Apologetics Field Trip (12th grade)
Each year the senior class goes on a three-day retreat to the coast. During this time the class participates in activities, does some beachcombing and enjoys time together.
Our senior apologetics retreat is a chance for the twelfth graders to get away from school together for a few days near the end of the year for a relaxing time of discussion about the issues they’ve been studying in class–faith and reason, arguments for and against the existence of God, the reliability of the biblical gospels, etc.–all in connection with what’s coming up next in their lives as they graduate from high school.
Poetry Out Loud (9th – 12th)
As an optional opportunity, high school students can compete in the Poetry Out Loud competition offered through the POL Foundation. Students that participate memorize three poetry selections of their choosing and perform them first at the classroom level, then at the school level. The top student at Veritas will go on to complete at regionals. Top finalists at regionals move on to the state competition.
Protocol (9th – 12th grade)
Protocol includes curriculum and an annual event, a formal dinner and dance, for our high school students. The curriculum provides the students with the opportunity to gain invaluable skills in the areas of etiquette, hospitality, correspondence, toasting, and interactions with others. Protocol gives the students a practical avenue to demonstrate these skills throughout the event while having an enjoyable social evening with peers and adult guests.
Jr. Protocol (7th and 8th grade)
Junior Protocol is a preview program for our middle school students. Students enjoy an evening out that includes dinner and a theater or concert event.