South Indianapolis – Catholic Schoolhouse

Dialectic & Rhetoric

Classical. Flexible. Catholic. Catholic Schoolhouse’s Dialectic & Rhetoric Programs:

Catholic Schoolhouse engages the whole person, with simple goals that focus on what teens need:
• Grow in virtue in the company of others striving to be saints
• Study the true, good, and beautiful
• Prepare students to enter adulthood with the courage and confidence to fulfill their God-given mission

• Latin: Latin prayers, famous phrases, structure, and Latin & Greek roots
• Composition: IEW history-based writing lessons (dialectic), Lost Tools of Writing (rhetoric)
• Speech: Presentations and memorized selections from history
• Literature: Quarterly book discussions including poetry with additional titles for at-home reading
• History Timeline: Timeline notebook utilizing summarization, speaking, and analysis skills
• Catholic Culture and Virtue: Interaction-based historical connections with culture, virtue, and the arts
• Geography: Selections in geography studied through drawing and discussion
• Fine Arts: Hands-on projects and seminars focusing on art, music, and culture

• Science Lab: Twelve hands-on labs (dialectic)
• Rigor Courses: US Government, Logic, Economics (rotating through each Tour – rhetoric)
• Socratic Seminar: Discussions from history, science, Church documents, and the arts (rhetoric)

As shared on our Home Page, a specific goal of Catholic Schoolhouse that allows families to thrive is maintaining family unity. An example of how we do this with so many ages and class levels is: 

  • The pre-grammar students will be doing an activity based on Rome. 
  • The grammar students will be memorizing the history sentence and timeline events about Rome and learning Roman Numerals.  
  • The Dialectic students will be doing a hands-on group project about Rome.  
  • The Rhetoric students will be having a Socratic discussion about the impact of Roman Empire on the world.  
Everyone has a piece to add to the discussion when they are telling Dad what they learned at dinner or going on a field trip relating to Roman times.  

Want to learn even more? Come visit classes during our spring audit days.