How is Upper School at Greenville Classical Academy Unique?
Upper School covers grades 7 through 12 and includes both the Logic and Rhetoric stages of learning.
Students enter the Logic stage as old children and leave as young adults. It is a critical age in a student’s development, and our teachers and staff come alongside them to help shepherd and influence them as they grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. A unique quality of our the education provided to this age of student in comparison to other schools in the area is that we have a strong focus on teaching students to think critically and logically. This involves teaching formal logic, where students are taught to formulate coherent and sound arguments and recognize errors in arguments, both their own and others’. These skills can then be brought to bear on all of the other subjects that they will come in contact with during the rest of their education. Students in this stage of school will also be capping off their studies in Latin and should be able to now read and speak in this ancient language, opening up a vast array of source texts in Western literature, history, and science. These challenging academic years will teach students how to become self-learners, manage their schedules, and think critically and logically.
When students move into the Rhetoric stage, it is time to finish our task of forming a graduate that has Godly Character as well as Wisdom and Eloquence. We realize that education and sanctification are lifelong endeavors and that every graduate has unique gifts, but our goal as an institution is to work alongside our students’ parents in fostering these qualities in our students. The quality of Godly Character has been developed diligently since the first day of Kindergarten, and this work will continue in the Rhetoric stage, but the focus turns now on developing students with Wisdom and Eloquence. Our Rhetoric stage is unique from other area high schools in that our students are taught formal Rhetoric where the student learns to express himself with “fluency, grace, elegance, and persuasiveness.” (Bauer, The Well-Trained Mind) Our students are taught to take the facts they have been learning since the grammar stage, organize these facts into logical statements and arguments, and then express these thoughts in a winsome way. But merely expressing thoughts and arguments well does not make for a wise and eloquent student. These skills must be guided by the Spirit of God to express the truth of a given subject.
So what does this look like at GCA from a practical perspective? Across subjects students will have much of their learning revolve around in-class guided discussions where they will discuss and debate the great themes of human history and literature, always measuring these themes against the plumb line of Scripture. Students will also write and defend a Senior Thesis before friends and faculty as a way of demonstrating what they have learned through their educational time at GCA. Participating in this “Great Conversation” with wisdom and eloquence is how our students are uniquely prepared to go out into the world and represent Christ and His kingdom in all endeavors.
Upper School Overview
Since 2010, GCA's Upper School (7th - 12th grades) has operated as a University-Model® School. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, we added a 5-day 7th grade program that runs concurrently to help students better transition to the University-Model as they move from the Lower School to the Upper School. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, we are adding a 5-day 8th grade program.
Honors, Dual Enrollment and AP
GCA helps prepare students for college by offering many honors classes and encouraging students to take dual-enrollment courses through local colleges as well as some AP classes through VirtualSC. The Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes at GCA offer a unique opportunity for 11th and 12th grade students to take dual enrollment courses on campus at local colleges such as Greenville Technical College, North Greenville University, Bob Jones University or Spartanburg Community College when they do not have a classes at GCA. Students may also take dual-enrollment classes online from Liberty University and Patrick Henry College.
Core courses are taught college-style three days a week on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and elective classes are taught college-style two days a week on Tuesday/Thursday.
To view the 2018-2019 UMS Class Schedule and Course List, click here
To view the 2018-2019 Transition B Class Schedule, click here
For a document containing more information about the UMS program at GCA (including a list of FAQ's) click here (PDF).
GCA hosts monthly University-Model® Upper School informational meetings in the evening five times during the school year.
- Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:00 PM
- Tuesday, January 9, 2018 7:00 PM
- Tuesday, February 6, 2018 7:00 PM
- Tuesday, March 6, 2018 7:00 PM
- Tuesday, April 10, 2018 7:00 PM
Please join us to learn more about the benefits of a University-Model School®.
Upper School course offerings for 2018-2019 include the following:
- Algebra I CP or Honors
- Algebra II CP or Honors
- Pre-Calculus Honors
- Calculus Honors
- General Science
- Earth Science
- Physical Science
- Biology CP or Honors
- Chemistry CP or Honors
- Physics CP or Honors
- Anatomy & Physiology Honors
- Advanced Chemistry Honors
- World Geography
- Ancient History Honors
- Medieval History Honors
- American History Honors
- Government Honors
- Economics Honors
- Literature & Composition A
- Literature & Composition B
- Ancient Literature & Composition Honors
- Medieval Literature & Composition Honors
- American Literature & Composition Honors
- British Literature & Composition Honors
- Spanish I
- Spanish II
- Spanish III Honors
- New Testament Survey
- Old Testament Survey
- Christian Worldview
- Introductory Logic (1st semester)
- Intermediate Logic (2nd semester)
- Rhetoric - Public Speaking
- Rhetoric - Composition
- Senior Thesis Honors
- Latin I (Wheelock's)
- Latin II (Wheelock's)
- Latin III Honors (Wheelock's)
- Physical Education
- Computer Keyboarding
Home Schoolers - GCA's Upper School (7th-12th grades) is also available for homeschoolers and particularly suited to homeschooling families who only want to enroll their child part-time. A full-time Upper School student will take at least six core classes and plan to graduate from GCA, but part-time students may enroll in as little as one UMS class. Students desiring to enroll in this program need to meet GCA admission requirements and agree to all policies and procedures outlined in the Student-Parent Handbook.
For more information about enrolling a part-time student in 7th-12th grades, contact Admissions Director Nancy Blough at firstname.lastname@example.org.