DesMoines, IA Chapter – Catholic Schoolhouse



Highlights of the Dialectic Program

  • Grades 7-9 (ages 13-16)



IEW History Based Writing Lessons



Science lab 

Fine Arts—Art, Music, and Culture 

Dialectic Seminar  designed to encourage scholars to dive deeper into the Catholic Schoolhouse Tour Guide in multiple areas and begin to discover the connections between the subjects.

Timeline notebook will be constructed by the students in class and available for at- home incorporation of additional events

Catholic Culture will include discussion, debate, and engaging activities and projects will guide students to learn to think and recognize the good, true and beautiful.   

Literature choices have been carefully chosen to promote discussion of historical context as well as demonstrate virtue and morals. Discussion will focus on the Catholic point of view as well as introduce students to literary elements such as plot and character analysis. 

Dialectic Schedule


  • Latin 15 minutes
  • Composition 45 minutes
  • Speech 15 minutes

Dialectic Seminar

History Timeline 15 minutes
Catholic Culture 45 minutes 3 times per quarter
Literature 45 minutes 3 times per quarter

Fine Arts

  • 60 minutes bi-weekly


  • 60 minutes bi-weekly

Dialectic Fees

Catholic Schoolhouse Registration Fee: $90.00 (per family)   *$70.00 (per family) early bird
Student Fee: $300.00 (per child)
Supply Fee: $165.00 (per child)
Facility Fee: TBD (per family)  based on number of families to offset rental fees 

We recommend purchasing the Tour Guide and History Time Line cards (one set per family)

We will meet for 24 weeks throughout the 2019-2020 academic year with a break every four weeks.    We will begin August 28, 2019.  Our Winter Break is scheduled December 5,  2019 – January 7, 2020. Our last class is April 08, 2020.  We will have a Share Fair and year end celebration on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Credit Integration between Chapter and Home

While credits are not typically assigned at the middle school level, we offer the equivalent as a reference, or assistance for parents of 9th graders who are building high school transcripts.    Please request this information by clicking here: Contact Us

Subjects that require homework from CSH:

Estimated time spent for required homework: Weekly writing assignment, 30 min; memorize speech/Latin prayer, 5 min/day; prepare seminar topics, < 30 min/week; prepare speech, 1-2 hr/ quarter. Read 1 book per quarter for class.