201-2017 Course Listings
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Great Books program for everyone! Deep in the past. Prepared for the future.

The class format is that of a "great books" seminar - students read primary works from the great authors and authoresses of Catholic & Western Civilization and then discuss them in a round-table format, thus joining what has been referred to as the "Great Conversation."  The students learn to read, listen, speak, relish, and dispute the true, good, and beautiful things that "our tradition" has to offer.  The class is organized on a three-year cycle, covering: Ancient & Classical Times; The Christian Age; and Modern Times.  Each cycle is available at two levels: Intermediate (7th to 10th grade) and Advanced (10th to 12th).  In the Intermediate Level (TN 1, 2, and 3), care is taken to see that students are not overburdened by the books chosen, through abridgment and editing, as well as through the study aids provided in the course.  In the Advanced Level (TN 4, 5, and 6), the students read the unabridged great books, thus meeting the authors most directly.

Course Offerings and Availability  (All times listed are Central Time)

Thurs, 10:00–10:50 AM

Thurs, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
Thurs, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM or Tues, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
Wed, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM

Wed, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
LIVE Class Not Available
LIVE Class Not Available

6th-7th

7th-10th
7th-10th
7th-10th

10th-12th
10th-12th
10th-12th

Additional sections will be added as these fill up.

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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 the readings in the Traditio Nostra cycles.  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.

Course Offerings and Availability  (All times listed are Central Time)

Wed, 10:00–10:50 AM

Tues, 9:00-9:50 AM   or  Wed, 8:00–8:50 AM
Tues, 10:00–10:50 AM or Wed, 9:00–9:50 AM
Thurs, 9:00–9:50 AM

Mon, 2:30-3:20 PM

6th-7th

7th-12th
8th-12th
9th-12th

10th-12th

Additional sections will be added as these fill up.

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.  Though they are best understood as an integrated whole, we might describe grammar as the study of the parts and pieces of language; its building blocks.  Logic is the art of expressing correct reasoning using those blocks.  Rhetoric is the art of communicating "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.  These arts are the tools that precede and make possible all further studies, especially philosophy and theology.   In the third and final course, the 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, learning still more about logic and rhetoric, and pausing to look over the whole range of the arts and sciences to note how they fit together and point man to God.

Course Offerings and Availability  (All times listed are Central Time)

Tues, 10:00–10:50 AM

Tues, 8:00–8:50 AM  or  Wed, 9:00–9:50 AM
Wed, 10:00–10:50 AM or Tues, 9:00–9:50 AM
Thurs, 10:00–10:50 AM

6th-7th

7th-12th
8th-12th
9th-12th

Additional sections will be added as these fill up.

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Our "school of philosophy" courses seek to offer guidance in the pursuit of wisdom, the most important purpose to which the tools of the trivium can be applied.  Taking first man and his nature as our focus, we  next look at moral theology, then God as known and/or sought by our natural abilities and natural law particularly, and finally God as revealed by Faith.  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.

Course Offerings and Availability  (All times listed are Central Time)

Mon, 1:30–2:20 PM
LIVE Class Not Available
LIVE Class Not Available

10th-12th
10th-12th
10th-12th


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We are pleased to offer elective classes in German.  Its complexity rivals that of Latin and its literature and philosophy are immensely important for modernity.  All three years include spoken language, grammar, reading, and composition elements.  Basic prayers and poems are included in the memorization work.  The books German Made Simple by Arnold Leitner and German Grammar Drills by Ed Swick are used in years I and II. See the R.A.S. Bookstore for year III books.

Course Offerings and Availability  (All times listed are Central Time)

GE 1 - German 1
GE 2 - German 2
GE 3 - German 3

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7th-12th
8th-12th
9th-12th


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Our French courses are similar in layout to our Latin classes in that they emphasize reading and writing, the first two years cover grammar, and the third focuses upon reading.  Similar to German, French literature and philosophy are of special importance to modern thought.  This elective language utilizes the titles Practice Makes Perfect – A Complete French GrammarEasy French Reader, and Read & Think French.  Third year readings are chosen based on student interests.

Course Offerings and Availability  (All times listed are Central Time)

FR 1 - French 1
FR 2 - French 2
FR 3 - French 3

LIVE Class Not Available
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LIVE Class Not Available

7th-12th
8th-12th
9th-12th


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Our experimental science courses use the Focus on Middle Science series and cover the fundamentals of scientific methodology in practice.  Each course introduces the student to the basic vocabulary and concepts for understanding the discipline of science.  The courses also seek to inspire students with the beauty and meaning of the ordered whole as it emphasizes the best habits of "modern science" through observation and recording.   Ten units and ten experiments are covered from the books in each course.  Additional content and instruction is provided to ensure that the course is sufficiently challenging for students.  The current selection of courses is intended for the Intermediate level.

Course Offerings and Availability  (All times listed are Central Time)

Intro to Biology
Intro to Geology
Intro to Astronomy
Intro to Chemistry
Intro to Physics

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7th-9th
7th-9th
7th-9th
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7th-9th


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Our Literature courses introduce students to works of literature of a particular author or topic.  The class format is that of a "great books" seminar - students read primary works from the authors and authoresses and then discuss them in a round-table format.  The students learn to read, analyze, listen, speak, relish, and dispute the true, good, and beautiful things that these authors and authoressess have to offer.  Attention is also given to the mechanics of literature.  The Intermediate level courses are designed for 7th through 9th grade; whereas, the Advanced levels courses are designed for the 9th-12th grade.

Course Offerings and Availability  (All times listed are Central Time)

Works of Tolkien & Lewis (Intermediate)
Works of Tolkien & Lewis (Advanced)

LIVE Class Not Available
LIVE Class Not Available

7th-9th
9th-12th


Enrollment Bundles

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Enroll ONE student in three LIVE classes at a discounted rate.  The student may choose courses from each of the following  course types:

  • 1 Traditio Nostra, 
  • 1 Trivium Studies or 1 Schola Philosophiae, and
  • 1 Legamus Latinam

Independent Study courses for History, Grammar, and Spiritual Formation are included.  See listings above for class times and suggested age ranges.

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Gives a FAMILY access to the IS versions of all the Traditio Nostra, Trivium Studies, Legamus Latinam, German, French, Intro to Biology, Intro to Geology, and Intro to Astronomy courses, currently available at R.A.S. at a discounted rate.  In addition, other supplemental IS courses are included: Spiritual Formation guides, Grammar I, and Grammar II.  These supplemental courses are not complete courses in themselves, but function as "add-ons" to other classes in the catalog.  Additional classes will be added year to year.