The pressure of grades and getting into college can make students question whether the work it takes to succeed at Geneva is worth it. I am going to let you in on a little secret: if grades and college alone are what it is all about, then no, it is not worth it. Every student here could transfer to a public high school and most likely be wildly successful grade-wise, and probably with much less effort. They would doubtlessly also benefit from more electives, more AP choices, more extracurricular opportunities, and an equally promising prospect of college acceptances (and mom and dad would benefit from more money in their pockets).
Students need to ask themselves why they are at Geneva. In Grammar school, students are here because that’s what their parents want. And besides, little kids dressed the same and reciting things from memory is cute. In Logic School, it gets less cute and the demands ramp up. Students may start to wonder whether they will ever get used to the work flying at them from every angle, but since the parents still want them here, they stick it out. In Rhetoric School, however, merely going through the motions of school doesn’t work anymore. More than ever, it matters whether students know why they are at Geneva. In fact, given our size and the fact that many of our high school students have been here for their entire education, it is likely that some of our students don’t know why they are here because they didn’t purposefully decide to come when they got older.
Therefore, I encourage you (students and parents) to…to what? You’ll just have to wait until next week to know what to do!