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Dialectic and Rhetoric – 7th-12th Grade

Haven’s Dialectic Program will serve as a bridge between the Grammar I and II Programs and our Rhetoric Program. Our desire is that this two-year period will provide a gentle, yet appropriately-challenging, transition from young childhood to adolescence as our students enter the “logic” developmental stage of making connections, relating the facts of a subject to their “why.” The focus of this program will be to equip students with new tools, including research, study methods, systems, ownership, and responsibility, as they prepare for the rhetoric stage of learning (high school).

Haven’s Rhetoric Program will offer students a safe, structured environment to grow into young adults as they take a variety of academic and elective courses that will be appropriately challenging, robust, and fun.  Students will have a healthy variety of class options that will enable them to reach their individual academic and life goals.  This program will focus on personal governance and responsibility, robust academics, community, and spiritual growth and maturity.

The Dialectic program is for 7th and 8th graders.  The Rhetoric program is for 9th-12th graders.  Students in these programs will meet for 32 weeks.


8:20                 Morning Drop-off

8:30-9:30         Class 1 (55 minute each)

9:30-10:30      Class 2

10:30-11:30    Class 3

11:30-12:30    Lunch and Outdoor Time / Optional Drop-off or Pick-up

12:30-1:30       Class 4

1:30-2:30         Class 5

2:30-3:30         Class 6

3:30                 Afternoon Pick-up

Course Options:

Please see “Dialectic and Rhetoric Registration Form” for specific course offerings.  All courses will be subject to enrollment minimums and appropriate staffing.

Key Notes About our Dialectic and Rhetoric Programs

  • These are drop-off programs with required parent volunteer days a few times a year.  Volunteer days will be shared evenly among the parents of students in these programs.  There will be one volunteer each week for all of the Dialectic and Rhetoric classes combined.
  • Each tutor will provide a syllabus for his/her course at the beginning of the school year.
  • Dialectic classes will provide feedback to students/parents; however, the parent remains the primary teacher and will ultimately assign and report grades for his/her student.
  • Rhetoric classes will include a combination of teacher feedback and grades paired with parent monitoring of progress and accountability check-ins.  Parents will be responsible for checking homework and proctoring at-home tests.  In most Rhetoric courses, Haven tutors will grade