Dialectic (7-9)

In this stage, the teaching becomes more Socratic. Teachers begin discussion using a broad open-ended question. Then, as the students attempt to answer, the teacher guides them to the correct, logical answer.  Socratic teaching is highly effective, but it takes time, which is why most schools do not use it.  We take the time to make sure the students learn the material in a way that feels like discovery.

Some things your child will do…
Latin translation exercises in class
In-class discussions of universal themes in ancient writings
Practice in formal logic and logical fallacies
Informal debates on contemporary issues
Role playing various socio-political groups in antiquity
Perform in a Shakespeare play (grades 7-12)

See the curriculum documents below:

Upper School Master Plan

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade