In addition to students regularly speaking in front of their classmates, the Academy hosts four Recite Nights a school year. These take place on an evening outside of the school day hours. Classes and individuals prepare poetry, prose, or Scripture to recite to the community. These fun and light-hearted gatherings allow an atmosphere for our students to practice their speaking skills in a setting outside of their classroom teacher and peers. It allows them to recite in front of other adults they don’t know and become comfortable in speaking settings that are more unfamiliar.
As students move into the rhetoric school, the pieces they perform contain speeches and the option to recite a piece of poetry written by the student. Recite Nights also prepare our students to be in front of a panel and the school community to present and defend their senior rhetoric thesis.