The Rhetoric School allows for the continuation of the Omnibus course. Omnibus is a six-year program beginning in seventh grade with two rotations of study. Its purpose is to enter students into the Great Conversation. Students will study all kinds of texts, such as poetry, philosophy, law, theater, scripture, and history, and analyze them in the light of Christ.
The ninth grade Omnibus course consists on Primary books and Secondary books. Primary books are the traditional Great Books, while the Secondary books provide balance in the areas of Theology, History and Literature, such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Gulliver’s Travels, and The Old Man and the Sea. Primary Books to read include: 1984, Anti-Federalist Papers, The Communist Manifesto, Daniel, Federalist Papers, The Great Gatsby, Epistles of John, Lincoln: Speeches and Writings, Mein Kampf, Epistles of Peter & Jude, Philemon, Of Plymouth Plantation, Pilgrim’s Progress, Reflections on the Revolution in France, The Social Contract, A Tale of Two Cities, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and The Westminster Confession of Faith.