Thursday Classes for Sixth-Twelfth Grades

Updated for 2019-2020

Classical Science, Math, Material Logic & Rhetoric, and History courses for Upper School students in six grade and up are offered on Thursdays for the 2019-2020 school year. This is in addition to the four courses offered on Mondays. Though Thursday courses are offered á la carte, Monday enrollment is required to be eligible. A hallmark of classical education is the value placed on the interrelation of knowledge. The solid, shared foundation in Latin, classics, literature, and composition create a unique fellowship of learning for Thursday’s upper school studies. Read more about the classical approach to math and science here.

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A special note on math courses: We understand that no math class can be fully taught in 1.5 hours per week. At HLN we offer a teacher to guide and explain material in class to help keep your student on pace for the year. Students must do diligent daily work at home to master material. When available, we require streaming videos as an aid to daily work outside of class.

Material Logic & Classical Rhetoric

When most people think of logic, they think of formal logic—the study of the structure or form of reasoning. But what many don’t realize is that formal logic is only one part of a complete logic program. The other branch of logic study is called “material logic,” and focuses not on the form of reasoning, but on its content. In short, while formal logic studies the “how” of reasoning, material logic studies the “what.” Material Logic teaches students these important questions: What are the ten ways in which something can be said to exist? What are the five ways in which something can be said of something else? What are the four questions you must answer in order to really know something?

Classical Rhetoric involves a study of the fundamental principles of political philosophy, ethics, and traditional psychology. A student learns not only how to give a political speech, but also the elements of good character; not only how to give a legal speech, but also the seven reasons people do things; not only how to give a ceremonial speech, but what incites specific emotions under different circumstances. Classical Rhetoric also familiarizes students with three model speeches as examples of the three branches of classical oratory: The “Appeal of the Envoys to Achilles,” from Homer’s Iliad; the “Apology of Socrates,” from the dialogue of Plato; and Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.” Students will also be asked to analyze Marc Antony’s “Funeral Oration” from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as an example of a great speech that defies categorization.

HLN teaches these two courses combined into a one year study. This class can be taken as a follow up to Traditional Logic 1 & 2 or as a stand alone course. It will be offered on alternating years with Traditional Logic. 10th-12th grades.


U.S. History

The class represents a comprehensive study of American history. Students will explore the vast landscape and key events of American history, from pre-Columbian cultures to the War on Terror. This class is worth 1 high school credit in Social Studies or History.

9th – 12th grades.


  • The American Pageant, 15th edition, ISBN B011821296.
  • Possible additional text, TBD

Traditional Logic, 9th grade and up only (offered alternating years with Material Logic & Rhetoric. Next offered 2020-2021) 

The Traditional Logic Program is an in-depth study of the classical syllogism. HLN students will complete books I & II in one school year. In Book I students will gain a basic understanding of terms, statements, and simple categorical arguments. Book II covers the figures of the traditional syllogism, forms of rhetorical arguments, kinds of hypothetical syllogisms, kinds of complex syllogisms, as well as relational arguments. By the end of this course, the student will be able to analyze a variety of argument forms as well as recognize and respond to dilemmas. The level of understanding attained in this course would be more than that typical attained in a college course. $400

Traditional Logic I Basic Set

Traditional Logic II Basic Set