Course Descriptions

Pre-Latin

The Latin curriculum will emphasis learning vocabulary and grammar. Memorization of Latin prayers such as the Glory Be and grace before meals will be implemented. We will discuss the Latin Mass and a brief overview of the changes in the Mass that occurred after Vatican II. Weekly reviews of our vocabulary and classroom conversations will occur.

Latin I 

Latin I class will be a combination of classical and ecclesiastical Latin. The purpose of this class is to have the students understand and use the language directly through concepts instead of having to translate before understanding it. Our primary text, Lingua Latina, is entirely in Latin and follows the daily life of an ancient Roman family. We will be supplementing this text as appropriate with additional vocabulary and skits.  The first 8 chapters of the textbook will be completed during this course.

 

Latin II

Latin II covers chapter 9 through 15 of Lingua Latin.  We will examine the remaining declensions and conjugations and impersonal verbs as well as learn new uses for the various tenses. Latin I is a prerequisite for this class.

Intermediate Logic

Students will be trained in logic in order to detect bad reasoning, attach names to fallacies they encounter, and articulately form reasoned arguments by studying informal and formal logic, as well as rhetoric writing. Each lesson will build skills that will enable students to actually form compelling and persuasive arguments of their own. A final introductory debate using the class material will challenge the students to think logically and argue rationally. Prerequisite: Prior Logic course approved by tutor or purchase of Art of Argument to complete.

Speech and Debate

This course will help students develop speaking and listening skills using effective communication and complex thinking skills in delivering speeches.   They will also learn to critique through collaborative learning, problem solving and designing presentations to be debated.  The lessons will challenge the students to think and speak logically and argue rationally on topics that challenge today’s culture. Prerequisite: Intermediate Logic

English 9 

This course is aimed at enhancing the student’s knowledge and appreciation of literature and writing in various genres. Students learn how to approach literature through the specific usage of analysis and character development using the using the common literary formula of theme, character analysis, setting, plot, irony, climax and other literary devices. They are taught to analyze elements of literature, while building a solid foundation in Christian discernment. In addition, incorporated into the class assignments, students are given an acquisition of reading and writing skills utilizing the principles of grammar and writing studied in their previous middle school years.

English 10 

This course is designed to heighten the student's understanding and appreciation of literature in the various genres, while understanding the application of choices in regards to the effect they have on society as a whole. The course genres include a Gothic novella, fantasy, historical drama, and a Christian apologetic novel. Grammar usage, vocabulary and writing techniques are integrated into the course as well, with special emphasis on strategies designed to improve the student’s reading comprehension and advanced writing skills.

American Literature 

This course provides an understanding of the history and development of American literature from the Colonial Era to the present with emphasis on tutor-directed discussion and in-class analysis of novels, short stories, poetry and plays. The tutor will encourage critical thinking skills through shared discussion and written literary analysis assignments. Students will learn to create an annotated bibliography using MLA style and complete a major research paper using the sources identified in their annotated bibliographies.

 

U.S.  History with an Introduction to Civics 

This course outlines the development of the American nation from the early inhabitants to the present day. The students will explore cultural innovations, brilliant inventions and intellectual doctrines that shaped the course of history of the United States of America. An introductory civics course will trace the development of one of the best governments in the world through examination of our founding documents, analysis of the interactions of the three branches of government, study of key federal court cases and legislation, and exploration of current events.

 

World History/Western Civilization 

This course presents the student with the study of the cultural, political and the economic aspects of Western Civilization. The course will cover the chronological development of Western Europe from Ancient Civilization, Greece and Roman period, the rise of Christianity, the Renaissance, the age of European Discovery and finally to World War I. The students will analyze the important historical events and the people who have formed our present culture.

Pre-Algebra 

Preparation for the study of algebra. Includes review of the concepts of fractions, decimals, percents, word problems and developing a mastery of these to allow students to succeed in Algebra I.

Algebra I 

During this course, students will learn the fundamentals of algebra and its basic properties and operations. It covers, but is not limited to, absolute value, evaluating and simplifying expressions containing variables, solving and graphing linear equations, , performing operations with polynomials and simple rational expressions, rules of exponents, factoring simple polynomials, using the quadratic formula, and simplifying radicals. Real life application problems are proposed throughout the course.

Geometry

This course stresses problem solving relating geometry to practical applications beginning with the basic concepts of points, lines, planes, segments and angles, along with a variety of formal and informal proof formats. Practical applications and problem solving skills are studied in both two and three dimensions. The trigonometric functions, area, volume, coordinate geometry, and transformations are also included.

Algebra II 

This course begins with the basic concepts of Algebra I with algebraic properties of real numbers, the solutions of linear equations and inequalities, methods for factoring polynomials and simplifying exponential functions and radical expressions being covered in greater depth. Additional methods for solving probabilities, systems of linear equations and inequalities are explored. Trigonometric ratios will also be addressed during the end of the second semester.

Pre-calculus 

Students will expand their knowledge of the nature of graphs, quadratic, polynomial, rational, and inverse functions. Exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs are also substantially studied in this course. Additionally, conic sections, sequences and series, and an introduction to limits and other early Calculus topics will be explored.

 

Consumer Math 

Consumer Math bridges the gap between just learning mathematical procedures and using them in everyday situations with the practical exercises.  The books cover concepts such as buying, insuring and maintaining a car; social security tax; creating and balancing a budget; renting a home; buying food and clothing; tax forms; and affording leisure time.  These principles will give your child sound, Biblical views for managing his own money.  Also helps your child understand the value of money and how to use it wisely.

Foundations in Personal Finance prepares students for the money decisions they are facing, decisions which could impact them for decades.  Going beyond practical money basics, students create new financial habits and transform the way they approach money altogether.  Empowers students to save, budget, avoid debt, spend wisely and invest. Students are inspired by real-life examples and can apply the concepts taught to form good money habits early in life, changing their lives forever.

Physical Science 

Exploring Creation with Physical Science provides a detailed introduction to the physical environment and the basic laws that make it work. The fairly broad scope of this book provides students with a solid understanding of the earth s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Students will also cover weather, motion, Newton's laws, gravity, the solar system, atomic structure, radiation, nuclear reactions, stars, and galaxies.

Religion: Our Moral Life in Christ

"A detailed study of the moral life in Christ-based on his teachings in the Gospels, the Ten Commandments, and the Beatitudes-which enable Christians, with God's grace, to imitate the life of Christ in their lives, to make correct moral decisions, and to spread the Kingdom of God on earth in their journey toward eternal salvation. This book presents the life of Christ and his teachings as the basis of moral theology." (Didache Series)

"The education of the moral conscience... cannot be renounced."

Saint John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio

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