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Summer GBT I


Class Times: This 10 week summer course, beginning on June 6th and ending on August 19th, includes 60 hours of class time. There will, however, be no classes the week of ETS’ Spring Fling (June 20th-25th). Class will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-11:00am (PST).

Course Content: This course will cover every reading in ETS’ GBT I course of the typical academic year. A weekly break-out of the readings with suggested editions is attached separately. Each month the student will submit: one paper for grading and one text-prompted question for a one-on-one discussion with the tutor. In this fashion, students will be fully prepared to enter GBT II in the Fall of 2016. For more information about the ETS Great Books Tutorial and its five year program, visit

Instructor Bios:
Rachelle King - Class Instructor
Ms. King is a 2014 Great Books V graduate and a rising junior at Mr. Hinrichs’ alma mater, St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. She majors in Philosophy and the History of Math and Science, and minors in Comparative Literature and Classical Works. She is currently co-president of St. John’s Christian Fellowship which connects campus students with Bible studies and world-renown Christian apologists. Vocationally, she is blessed to be teaching highschoolers for her second year at Grace Classical Academy, as well as tutoring Great Books students of all levels for the past three years in writing.

Melissa Lee - Essay Grading Assistant
Ms. Lee is a rising GBT IV student, who has worked with Ms. King for 3 years. Her adept skill in language and love of the Lord will win the respect and hearts of students.

Course Cost: $600, due by May 15 (additional late fee of $25)

Class Size: The class will be limited to 25 students.

How to Register: Contact Rachelle King at or call at (916) 751-6644, and provide the following information: student age & grade, student email, both parents' names, preferred parent contact email, and state of residence.

Note From the Instructor:
It is an understatement to say that I am enthused to offer this course. In high school during Mr. Hinrichs’ Great Books program, I discovered I had a true love for philosophical conversation spurred by the great classical tradition and guided by Truth found in Christ. Since then I have desired nothing else than to foster this joy in others and this desire has molded my educational and vocational pursuits. At St. John’s College, I have continued to study the questions of these great authors and how they relate to humanity's search for God; furthermore, I continually gain greater respect for the unique profitability of group discussion and analytical writing in the refinement for the pursuit of truth (in the realm of mathematics, science, music, and literature). In the past few years, I am have been honored with the opportunity to encourage excellence and humble joy in the students of Escondido Tutorial Services and Grace Classical Academy. I am excited to introduce young men and women to the authors of GBT I and aid them in developing proficiency in philosophical discussion and writing.