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Rhetoric School (9th-12th Grade)

Our students' worldview education continues in high school with instruction in Christian doctrine, comparative religions, and apologetics. Biblical worldview thinking must not begin and end within the confines of Bible class. Morning Star Academy's classical Christian approach equips students with the necessary knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to apply the truths of God's word to all aspects of their lives.

Within the classical Christian approach, students in high school (9th through 12th) are entering the third phase of the Trivium, which is the rhetoric stage. We have learned that high school students are interested in expressing ideas. Once students at Morning Star Academy have learned the basic facts and know how to think and reason well, they are then ready to sharpen their communication skills in the rhetoric stage. Through formal training in the art of rhetoric our students learn to speak and write persuasively.

The pinnacle of their career at Morning Star Academy is a senior thesis, a year-long project that culminates in a 15 to 20 page paper and a 15 minute presentation and defense before a faculty panel and audience.

Last year's senior theses were:

Grant Ellingson “Homosexuality and Christianity: A Study into a Biblical Perspective on Same-Sex Attraction and How to Properly Respond”

Elisa Tully “Turn Down for What” (Light Pollution)

Samuel Brady “Laws for Laws” (Biblical Principles as a Moral Code for Creating Law)

John Marquis “Don’t Cage the Wage: The Minimum Wage and Its Effects on the Labor Market”

Tate Walters “Your PC Needs an Update: Navigating a Culture of Political Correctness”

“I Want It Now!” (Instant Gratification)

Will McIntosh “The Existential Threat of Neo-Marxism”