The Grade (2020 - 2021)
The Grade gives young men the practical, intellectual, and moral foundation to be a man of virtue. Through a combination of classes, study nights, one-on-one mentoring, and career presentations by successful professionals, it helps them develop the skills and attitude necessary to be effective in college and later on as a father, a professional, and a citizen.
The Grade seminars are part of the larger Grade program that offers weekly study nights as well throughout the year. Freshman and Sophomore seminars and study nights meet on Tuesdays, and Junior and Senior seminars and study nights meet on Wednesdays. While signing up for the program does not require students to attend every seminar or study night, the cost of the registration includes the entire program. Details for each grade level can be found below.
Each student will be assigned a mentor who guides him in applying the principles taught in the seminar. The mentor is like a coach who challenges and encourages each student to reach his best. Specifically, he helps the student set goals that are important and practical. Once a mentor is assigned to a student, the student can sign up for a time to be mentored each month during one of the study nights. This standing mentoring session is very important for ensuring the success of each student in The Grade.
Seminar on Study Night
Every week there is a Grade Study Night from 5-8:30pm. Once a month during that study night there will be a Grade seminar for a particular grade level. For example, the Freshman Grade seminar is on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:30-8:30pm. Obviously, the seminar aspect of the program is very important, but it is most beneficial to attend the study nights in general to get the most of what the staff of The Grade has to offer, including mentoring!
Here is the breakdown:
Study Night Calendar (5:00-8:30pm)
Freshmen & Sophomores: Every Tuesday during the school year
Juniors & Seniors: Every Wednesday during the school year
Seminar Calendar (7:30-8:30pm)
1st Tuesday: Big Picture Seminar (Freshmen)
2nd Tuesday: Study Skills Seminar (Sophomores)
1st Wednesday: College, Career & Beyond Seminar (Juniors)
2nd Wednesday: Filling the Gaps Seminar (Seniors)
5:00-7:00pm: Open Study
7:00-7:30pm: Dinner (included in cost of program)
7:30-8:30pm: Grade Seminar (once a month)
7:30-8:30pm: Open Study or Mentoring (when there is no seminar)
(included in cost of program)
(once a month)
Open Study or Mentoring
(when there is no seminar)
Freshman: The Big Picture Seminar
The Freshman Seminar helps students see ‘the big picture’ of their life. Freshman year is not too early to start thinking about what kind of father, husband, professional, and friend one wants to be as an adult. Besides helping students to think about their future, the seminar addresses the challenges they will encounter along the way to maturity. Classes include a mixture of reading, discussion, lecture, debate, and breakout activities.
Sophomore: Study Skills Seminar
The Sophomore Study Skills Seminar provides a holistic approach to work which will assist students in both academic and professional life. Students learn the virtues necessary for working at their best such as order, intensity, and constancy. Students also engage in practical activities such as learning to make a schedule, take notes, and work in sprints. Finally, students learn to see their study within the wider context of a fulfilled life in which work is ultimately a way to love and serve others.
Junior: College, Career & Beyond Seminar
Junior year is a key time to begin to firm up one's college decision. But making this decision and being able to go to one’s college of choice is an arduous process. There are tests to take, essays to write, colleges to visit, etc. This seminar guides students through the most important aspects of the college application process. At the same time, this seminar introduces students to diverse career paths through a series of presentations by leading professionals. Speakers address the schooling and preparation needed for their field, the daily duties and activities they encounter, and the interesting challenges and opportunities that arise in their line of work.
Senior: Filling the Gaps Seminar
One of the critical issues for our society is moral relativism–the idea that there are no abiding values by which to orient our lives. By giving students a philosophical grounding in topics surrounding truth, knowledge and the goal of human life, this seminar helps them to recognize and critique relativistic claims which are commonly advanced in the media, public policy and academia. As a result, they will be better prepared to continue their intellectual and cultural development in the university.