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RHETORIC SCHOOL (9TH-12TH)

In the Rhetoric school, students develop eloquence, poise, diction, and presence. But even more importantly, they practice presenting their knowledge truthfully, humbly inviting listeners to consider and embrace both what is said and the pursuit of truth that led to it. Doing so enables them to fill positions of leadership in any endeavor – in the sciences, humanities, business, politics, or the arts.

Much learning occurs around oval Harkness tables in discussion, and sometimes debate, with one another and teachers. Sophomores present five minute memorized declamations (famous speeches, portions of Scripture, or passages from the great literature) before an audience of peers, parents, teachers, and friends. Each senior publically presents and defends a thesis they wrote over the course of a year.  

In math and science courses students learn to express their understanding  of difficult concepts through words, as well as through successful calculation and experiment. Students examine the tradition of art, history, literature, theology, and philosophy chronologically, recognizing the  “Great Conversation” of the ages, and considering what it means to participate in it.

The classes are rigorous, but not just for the sake of being hard. We cannot articulate more than we understand, and we cannot understand that with which we have not wrestled. Such effort is unavoidable because our world is complex and challenging. And it is in desperate need of the type of graduates Agathos seeks to produce: Good people who speak well.

Where do graduates go after Agathos?

As of May 2022, Agathos has 51 alumni. Bold text indicates a choice of multiple ACS alumni. 

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American University of Rome Lee University University of Alabama Huntsville Aveda Institute Nashville
Baylor University Lipscomb University University of Arkansas Workforce
Belmont University Notre Dame Chattanooga State
Boyce College Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Columbia State
Calvin College Samford University Middle Tennessee State University
Carson-Newman University Toccoa Falls College Pellissippi State
The Cooper Union Trevecca Nazarene University Tennessee Tech University
Covenant College Union University University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Faulkner University University of Evansville University of Tennessee Knoxville
The King’s College Wheaton College Western Kentucky University

 

 

 

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