From your Midtown campus principal, Rhonda Jones

On Thursday our sweet Rhetoric School experienced a monumental moment. We officially commenced construction on our long-term home at FBC. This huge, beautiful building boasts a century’s worth of stories that speak to God’s faithful discipleship in the lives of His people. The Academy is now an integral part of this story that will continue to unfold for the Glory of God and the benefit of man at 1201 N. Robinson Avenue. We offered prayers and swung sledgehammers with joy and hope-filled plans… plans that will birth well designed Science labs, a school population in the 100’s, and a rich culture that honors our mission. I am so very blessed to be a part of this unfolding story in our Academy history and I am elated that your students are on this journey with me! I can’t wait to see their excited faces when they first see our new school. That day will also be a monumental moment!

A Few Logistics

1. Women and Ankle Boots: As we enter October, female students may begin wearing ankle boots. Booties can be worn through February. Ankle boots can be solid colors; brown, black, gray, or navy blue. Flat heels or low heels are acceptable. Ugg style boots have not been approved as a winter uniform standard.

2. Smart Watches – We are noticing that more students have smart watches. We want to use the same policy for smart watches as we do with cell phones. If your student has a watch that connects with his/her phone and internet services, please have your student leave it at home. Thank you for your partnership with this Rhetoric norm. We love watching students commune together with intentionality during the school day and believe our device policies help promote this connective culture.

Parent Teacher Conferences – October 29th & 30th

Mr. Kelley’s informational email and electronic sign-up options will come out early October by grade. Important tips about conferences are below. Mark your calendars for Thursday afternoon/evening and Friday during the school day.

  • We desire for parents of Freshman and new students to sign up for conferences.
  • If you your student is failing a specific class 2 wks. prior to conferences, the teacher of that class will reach out and ask you to sign up for an individual conference.
  • Parents of upperclassmen are welcome to sign up to meet with your teaching team.
  • When you receive the sign-up form, sign up for 1 slot, which will include a rotating schedule that includes your entire teaching team.
  • If you desire to only meet with 1 teacher, contact that teacher directly to make an appointment.
  • If you desire to meet with 2 to 4 teachers, but do not need to meet with the entire teaching team, contact Mr. Kelley directly. He will create a modified appointment slot for you.

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • Mondays Chapel, formal uniform)
  • Mondays Chapel, formal uniform)
  • Tuesdays Off Campus Lunch Day, Hildegard may wear jeans & spirit wear tops all year
  • Thursdays Lyceum days or Spirit days, monthly


  • Thursday 10/1 Midtown Kickball Tournament occurs 10/1 & 10/8 & 10/22
  • Thursday 10/8 Spirit Day; students wear jeans & Academy spirit/swag as tops
  • October 15 & 16 Fall Break
  • Thursday 10/22 Halloween Event; students dress in a costume (dress code guidelines apply)
  • Friday 10/23 Teacher In-Service, NO SCHOOL ALL DAY (this is a change)
  • October 29 & 30 Parent teacher conferences, NO SCHOOL