The Good Man Who Speaks Well

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  • Welcome to the School of Rhetoric!

    The School of Rhetoric is the capstone of the Regents education. Our students are developmentally ready to learn how to speak eloquently, with poise, good diction, and a winsome presence. But that isn't enough. Rhetoric is, "the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing," and "language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience". A good rhetorician can be a dangerous person using their rhetoric skills for selfish pursuits. An excellent education is incomplete without the proper moral framework. Our purpose is to train future leaders to use a Christian worldview and their technical skills to go out into the world and become culture changers. Regents equips students to lead others in the sciences, arts, business, politics, and humanities to what is true, good, and beautiful.

    Josh Simmons
    Head of School of Rhetoric

The Capstone of the Regents Education

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  • What does this look like at Regents?

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  • Harkness Tables

    Much of our students' learning is around oval Harkness Tables in discussion (and sometimes argument!) with one another and teachers.
  • Humanities

    Our students work and rework themes written on subjects in the Humanities until both the form and substance of their thoughts are eloquent and persuasive.
  • Math & Science

    Even in math and science courses, students learn to express their understanding of difficult concepts with words as well as through successful calculation and experiment.

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  • Senior Thesis

    In what has become a meaningful rite of passage, each senior, in public, presents and defends a researched thesis before a panel of informed judges.

    You can watch the thesis presentations here
  • The "Great Conversation"

    Our students examine the Western tradition of art, history, literature, theology and philosophy chronologically, recognizing the "Great Conversation" of the ages-and considering what it means to participate in it.

School of Rhetoric Leadership

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    Joshua Simmons 

    Head of School of Rhetoric
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    Rose Usry 

    Associate Head of School of Rhetoric; Thesis Chair
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    Christine Godwin 

    School of Rhetoric Dean of Students, Senior Dean
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Learn More About Our Academics

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  • Dive Into The School of Rhetoric's Education

Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy

Regents School of Austin does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admission, financial aid or employment policies, or any other programs administered by the school.