Course Catalogue
Course Offerings and Availability.     All times listed are Central Time.     Click on Course Titles to Enroll.

Great Books

Our "Traditio Nostra" great books courses are 3-in-1 classes that integrate Literature, Philosophy, and Theology into a single reading sequence.  Students read primary works from the great authors of Catholic & Western Civilization and discuss them in a round-table format.   Courses are organized by historical period: Ancient & Classical Times, The Christian Age, and Modern Times.  The students learn to read, listen, speak, relish, and dispute the true, good, and beautiful things that "our tradition" has to offer.  Home Study is available for Primer, 1, 2, and 3.

GB Primer - Intro to Great Books meets on Thursdays 10:00-10:50 and is recommended for 6th-7th Grade Students.

GB 1 - Ancient & Classical Times meets on Thursdays 11:00-12:30 and is recommended for 7th-8th Grades.
GB 2 - The Christian Age meets on Tuesdays 11:00-12:30 and is recommended for 8th-9th Grades.
GB 3- Modern Times meets on Wednesdays 10:30-12:00 and is recommended for 9th-10th Grades.

GB 4 - Ancient & Classical Times is NOT enrolling in 2018. Recommended for 10th-12th Grades.
GB 5 - The Christian Age meets on Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 and is recommended for 10th-12th Grades.
GB 6 - Modern Times is NOT enrolling in 2018. Recommended for 10th-12th Grades.


Composition

Thematic composition courses provide writing assignments integrated with our Great Books courses. Students write 6 compositions during the year, each of which is assessed twice by peers and then given a final assessment and grade by the instructor. Student assessments are also graded.  There is no live class meeting, but Tutor Times and grading are included with enrollment.

COMP 1 - Ancient & Classical Times does not have a live class meeting. Recommended for 7th-9th Grades.
COMP 2 - The Christian Age does not have a live class meeting. Recommended for 7th-9th Grades.
COMP 3 - Modern Times does not have a live class meeting. Recommended for 7th-9th Grades.

COMP 4 - Ancient & Classical Times is NOT enrolling in 2018. Recommended for 10th-12th Grades.
COMP 5 - The Christian Age does not have a live class meeting. Recommended for 10th-12th Grades.
COMP 3 - Modern Times is NOT enrolling in 2018. Recommended for 10th-12th Grades.


History

Our history courses complement our Great Books courses, covering the same historical periods, but focusing upon the political, social, and cultural development in each period. History 1 covers the Jews, Greeks, and Romans. History 2 covers the West from the birth of Christ through the period of religious wars following the Protestant Reformation. History 3 continues the study of the West from the religious wars after the Protestant Reformation up to the birth of America and contemporary times.  Home Study is available.

HIST 1 - Ancient & Classical Times meets on Thursdays 9:00-9:50 and is recommended for 7th-9th Grades.
HIST 2 - The Christian Age meets on Tuesdays 10:00-10:50 and is recommended for 7th-9th Grades.
HIST 3 - Modern Times meets on Thursdays 11:00-11:50 and is recommended for 7th-9th Grades.


LATIN

The study of Latin is a wonderful way to teach advanced grammar skills - the first leg of the mediaeval trivium.  No less importantly, it opens up the student to the living language of the Church and Her vast library of contributing authors.  Engagement with "real" Latin from the original sources begins immediately, with selections that complement our literature courses.  Three years are available.  All grammar is covered in years I and II; memory work in those years includes both grammar and over 40 Latin prayers and hymns.  Year III is reading intensive. Home Study is available for Primer, 1, 2, and 3.

LL Primer: Intro to Latin meets on Wednesdays 10:00-10:50 and is recommended for 6th-7th Grades.

LL 1 - Latin I meets on Thursdays 10:00-10:50 and is recommended for 7th-10th Grades.
LL 2 - Latin II meets on Wednesdays 9:00-9:50 and is recommended for 8th-11th Grades.
LL 3 - Latin III meets on Tuesdays 9:00-9:50 and is recommended for 9th-12th Grades.

LL 4-6 - Reading Intensive meets on Tuesdays 1:00-1:50 and is recommended for 10th-12th Grades
LL 4-6 - Teaching Program is ENROLLING in 2018. Recommended for 10th-12th Grades


Teaching students to think, speak, and understand with Logic and Rhetoric.

The "three ways" or Trivium of classical education are the language arts of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.  Grammar is the study of the parts and pieces of language; logic is the art of correct reasoning; rhetoric is the art of "speaking well," adding the perfections of beauty to the truths of language.  Grammar is studied, formally, in our Latin program; here you find Logic and Rhetoric in years I and II.  In the third  course, students examine how the tools they have learned find application in a variety of specific sciences, setting up the transition from the Trivium to the Quadrivium.  Home Study is available.

TS Primer: Intro to Logic meets on Tuesdays 10:00-10:50 and is recommended for 6th-7th Grades.

TS 1 - Logic meets on Wednesdays 9:00-9:50 and is recommended for 7th-10th Grades.
TS 2 - Advanced Logic & Rhetoric meets on Tuesdays 9:00-9:50 and is recommended for 8th-11th Grades.
TS 3 - Methods & Division of the Sciences meets on Thursdays 9:00-9:50 and is recommended for 9th-12th Grades.


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Our "school of the love of wisdom" picks up where our trivium sequence stops.  Offering first an introduction to philosophy of nature, man, and ethics, it moves on to introduce natural theology and culminates with revealed theology.  The whole is meant to bring the student to a knowledge of the self and an awareness of the unique message and fulfillment that Christ offers to our basic human need.  In contrast to our Great Books courses, these classes progress systematically from that which is most evident to that which is most challenging.

SP 1 - Intro to Philosophy: Nature, Man, & Ethics is NOT enrolling in 2018. Recommended for 10th-12th Grades.
SP 2 - Theology 1: Natural Theology & Law meets on Wednesdays 11:00-11:50 and is recommended for 10th-12th Grades.
SP 3  - Theology 2: Revealed Theology is NOT enrolling in 2018. Recommended for 10th-12th Grades.


Modern Languages

NEW in 2018 ~ ITALIAN 1! We are pleased to offer a variety of modern language elective classes: French, German, and Italian.  All of our modern language courses include spoken language, grammar, reading, and composition elements.  Basic prayers and poems in the languages are included in the memorization work. Advanced language courses focus on reading and writing, as these are the best media for learning in an online environment. Foreign Exchange years  and family pilgrimages abroad are greatly encouraged. Home Study is available for French and German only.

Italian 1 meets on Thursdays 1:00-1:50 PM and is recommended for 7th-12th Grades.

FR 1 - French 1 is available through Home Study only and is recommended for 7th-12th Grades.
FR 2 - French 2 is available through Home Study only and is recommended for 8th-12th Grades.
FR 3 - French 3 is NOT enrolling in 2018. Recommended for 9th-12th Grades.

GE 1 - German 1 is available through Home Study only and is recommended for 7th-12th Grades.
GE 2 - German 2 is available through Home Study only and is recommended for 8th-12th Grades.
GE 3 - German 3 is NOT enrolling in 2018. Recommended for 9th-12th Grades.


Mathematics

Our Math courses combine trusted math textbooks with expert teaching. Taught with a combination of video lectures that explain key math concepts and practice problems and of live class meetings that stress practice with the instructor, students are given ample opportunity to master their math skills. In addition to the regularly scheduled live class, there are tutor times during the week for homework help with the instructor, equaling FOUR instructor-student interactions. Exams, quizzes, and grading are included. NO Home Study option available for these courses.

MATH: 6th-7th Grade meets on Wednesdays 12:00-12:50  and is recommended for 6th-7th Grade.
MATH: 7th-8th Grade meets on  Wednesdays 1:00-1:50 and is recommended for 7th-8th Grade. 


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Our experimental science courses use the Real Science for Kids - Focus on Middle School series.  The introduction of technical concepts and vocabulary is balanced by a strong emphasis on learning scientific methodology and inspiring students with the beauty and meaning of the ordered universe. Additional content and instruction is provided to ensure that the courses are sufficiently challenging for students such that they provide a solid foundation for high school science. Home Study is available for all sciences.

Intro to Biology does not have a live class meeting. Recommended for 7th-9th Grades.
Intro to Geology does not have a live class meeting. Recommended for 7th-9th Grades.
Intro to Astronomy does not have a live class meeting. Recommended for 7th-9th Grades.
Intro to Chemistry does not have a live class meeting. Recommended for 7th-9th Grades.
Intro to Physics does not have a live class meeting. Recommended for 7th-9th Grades.


The one-year Study Skills program teaches general academic skills—from organization to memory techniques to analysis to how to work successfully with teachers. These general skills are reinforced and practiced in each of our Primer courses.

This course is recommended for 6th grade students who are preparing for more independent middle school work.

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Additional Enrollment Options

With economy bundles, ONE student may enroll in multiple courses at a discounted rate! With the Humanities Bundle, the student may choose 1 course from each of the following  course types:

  • Great Books, 
  • Trivium Studies or Philosophy
  • Latin

Additional electives included.  See listings above for class times and suggested age ranges.

NEW in 2018 ~  the Complete Bundle. See the shopping cart for details.

With the Home Study Bundle, ONE student may enroll in a self-paced, parent-supervised set of courses.   The student may choose 1 course from each of the following course types:

  • Great Books,
  • Trivium Studies
  • Latin

Additional electives included. Live classes, tutoring times, and grading are not included.