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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.

This year's senior thesis are:

Elijah Brady - “Defunding the Police: A Misinformed Ideal”

Evan Burd - “Zoos: An Animal’s Safe Haven”

Achaia Cooper - “Look Before You Labor: The Advantages of Choosing Hospital Birth over Home Birth”

Adia Giza - “Sex Work: The Dangers of Legalization”

Faith Littig - “Freedom in God’s Grace: The Dangers of Church Legalism”

John McClure - “Black Lives Do Matter: Addressing the Real Crisis in the Black Community”

Eliana Parks - “Coming to a School Near You: Indoctrination and the Classical Preventative”

Isabelle Simpson - “Inexcusable: Eliminating the Insanity Plea”

Jackson Trotter - “God’s Perfect Blueprint: The Nuclear Family”

Cole Walters - “The Ethical Threat of Subjective Media Reporting”


Characteristic of a Morning Star Academy Graduate