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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: Western Civilization, Ancient & Classical Times, The Christian Age, Modern Times, The American Idea, and Return to Tradition. 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, Section 1 meets on Thursdays 8:00-8:50 and Section 2 on Thursdays 11:00-11:50; for 7th Grade Students.
GB 1 - Ancient & Classical Times, Section 1 meets on Thursdays 8:00-9:30 and Section 2 on Thursdays 11:00-12:30; for 8th Grade.
GB 2 - The Christian Age Section 1 meets on Thursdays 9:30-11:00 and Section 2 on Thursdays 12:30-2:00; for 9th Grade.
GB 3- Modern Times Section 1 meets on Thursdays 9:30-11:00 and Section 2 on Thursdays 12:30-2:00; for 10th Grade.
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.
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 for History Primer, 1, 2, 3, and 4.
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 Section 1 meets on Wednesdays 8:00-8:50 and Section 2 on Wednesdays 9:00-9:50; for 7th Grade.
LL 1 - Latin I, section 1 meets on Tuesdays 10:00-10:50 and Section 2 on Tuesdays 12:00-12:50; for 8th Grade.
LL 4-5 - Reading Intensive meets on Wednesdays 9:00-9:50; for 10th-12th grade students.
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 use these tools to study nature and man. With an understanding of man they consider how man knows God and God's law in man (Course IV). Finally, the sequence finishes its ascent by considering what God reveals to man that exceeds his natural faculties (Course V). Home Study is available for TPT Primer, 1, 2, and 3.
TPT Primer: Intro to Logic Section 1 meets on Tuesdays 9:00-9:50 and Section 2 on Tuesdays 11:00-11:50; for 7th Grade.
TPT 1 - Logic, Section 1 meets on Wednesdays 10:00-10:50 and Section 2 on Wednesdays 12:00-12:50; for 8th Grade.
TPT 2 - Rhetoric Section 1 meets on Wednesdays 8:00-8:50 and Section 2 on Wednesdays 1:00-1:50; for 9th Grade.
These courses are meant to help the students experience the Faith as a lived reality in the midst of their intellectual study of God and the world. Rather than treating religion as just another academic subject, the method for these courses is based on the catechetical model of Christ--apprenticeship, prayer, and discipleship. Hence, though the topics in each course integrate with and complement the material covered in the Trivium/Philosophy/Theology sequence and in the Great Books sequence, the focus is upon learning how to assimilate truth into daily life, ideas into action. The overarching goals of the courses are growth in virtue and holiness and a closer encounter with Christ.
Each week includes a live class, material for reading and meditation, and a challenge task for the week. The weekly meetings are dedicated to prayer, lectio divina, discussion, and catechesis, The courses function well as a supplement to parish programs or as the core of a home catechesis program.
SF Primer: Catechism in Review meets on Mondays 8:00-8:50; for 7th Grade.
SF 1: Praying the Old Testament meets Tuesdays 9:00-9:50; for 8th Grade.
SF 2: Praying the New Testament meets Mondays 10:00-10:50; for 9th Grade.
SF 3: Sacramental Life meets Tuesdays 10:00-10:50; for 10th Grade.
SF 4: Moral Life is not enrolling in 2020
SF 5: Vocational Life is not enrolling in 2020
We are pleased to offer a variety of modern language elective classes: French and German. 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.
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. Home Study is available for Math Primer, 1, and 2.
In 7th and 8th Grade, 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. Starting in 9th Grade, our courses use the Novare series of science books, which maintain the same philosophy. No scientistic, overstuffed, textbooks; just real lab work, clear logic, and the wonders of nature. Home Study is available for 7th and 8th Grade Sciences only.
ES-Primer: Intro to Biology. Lab meets on Tuesdays 8:00-8:50; for 7th Grade.
ES 1: Intro to Geology & Astronomy. Lab meets on Thursdays 8:00-8:50; for 8th Grade.
ES: Intro to Chemistry & Physics is available through Home Study only.
The first year Study Skills primer teaches general academic skills—from organization to memory techniques to analysis to how to work successfully with teachers. These basic skills are reinforced and practiced in each of our Primer courses. Study Skills 1 teaches typing. Utilizing a third party, online typing system, students learn typing from the ground up. The lessons and sequence are chosen from those available, progress is monitored, and grades are gathered into the grade book. The goal is a 75 word per minute speed.
The format of a studio is that the students come together and work on their individual projects while the teacher moves among them offering help and comment, drawing the class's attention to good elements, and teaching specific techniques. A progression of skills to master and mastery projects upon which to apply them give the course sequential structure. The year is culminated by a final project which brings together all of the skills learned in the year, followed by a virtual "Gallery Night" event where students show their work to parents and peers.
With economy bundles, ONE student may enroll in multiple courses with ease! Two Economy Bundles are available:
- Small Economy Bundle = min. $1000 purchase AND 3 Live Classes
- Big Economy Bundle = min. $2000 purchase AND 4 Live Classes
Additional electives included. See listings above for class times and suggested age ranges.