Redeemer Classical School has announced their plans to launch a Rhetoric School (more commonly known as high school) in the fall of 2020, making their current 7th graders the first 9th grade class. The decision came after a unanimous vote by the school’s Board of Directors.
Head of School, Ron Hoch, stated, “This is an exciting time in the life of Redeemer. Starting a Rhetoric School is the realization of a long-time goal: offering local students a full and complete classical Christian education.”
In preparation for the 2020-21 school year, faculty and staff have worked to solidify the scope and sequence of the curriculum for 9th through 12th grade. Classes will include:
Humane Letters (English, Literature and History)
Rhetoric & Debate
Discussions around extracurricular offerings — such as athletics and clubs — will continue as well as ideas about community service opportunities.
Two distinctive elements that will definitely be part of the 12th grade year are a Senior Trip and a Senior Thesis. Students will travel to Italy and/or Greece to see first-hand the ancient language and culture they’ve studied for years. In addition, 12th graders will spend part of their final year writing, presenting and defending a thesis.
Looking forward to the months of planning ahead, Mr. Hoch says, “We’ve got work to do, but we’re praying that God will smile on our efforts. We’re excited to welcome the Class of 2024.”
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Redeemer Classical School opened its doors to 15 middle school students in the fall of 2004. Since that time, enrollment has grown to over 130 students from Pre-K through 8th grade. Redeemer serves families of all backgrounds from throughout the Shenandoah Valley as they carry out their mission: to partner with families to provide for the Christian discipleship of children through a classical education for the greater glory of God.
Redeemer Classical School purchased its facility, the historic Keezletown School Building, in August 2017 and has been involved in a multi-phase renovation project to house its growing student body ever since. Redeemer is accredited by Christian Schools International and the Virginia Council for Private Education.
The classical approach to education emphasizes a deep and thorough understanding of history and organizes curriculum according to historic periods, which are integrated across academic disciplines. Classical education also emphasizes the literary classics and a study of Latin to further develop an understanding of language.