Online Academy

List of Subjects

Subjects are listed by grade level first,
then alphabetical by class name.

Not sure what classes to take? Check out our Academic Roadmap.

For a complete schedule of our 2021-2022 classes click here.

Elementary School

 

Kindergarten to 3rd Grade pre-recorded curriculum videos and materials will be sent out in August in conjunction with the academy's calendar.

Sh. Shell Keim is offering a complete, pre-recorded option for all kindergarten through 3rd-grade students. The curriculum is included for each grade! This video series has been made to help homeschool parents begin the journey of educating their children at home. Each week you will receive a short parent video that will give you an overview of what we will be talking about that week. The curriculum is made to be inclusive and covers all the areas that a child would cover in a year of school. Each video is approximately 30 minutes long and the expectation is that the parent follows through and explore the ideas covered in that week’s videos. There are four videos each week and the hope is that the family will share in an outing or experience on the fifth day that will support the love of learning. 

The package includes four videos a week for 36 weeks. Each video is about 30 minutes long. Also, PDF files are included as part of the curriculum.​

Kindergarten (sample video)

Year 1 of KTL takes a child from a non-reader to a reader. We will explore stories and activities that support the themes of the stories. The year will move slowly but is purposeful and attempts to make sure that a student has an excellent phonics foundation. This year incorporates numbers awareness, phonics, writing, classic stories, nursery rhymes, and discovery of our world. The format is conversational and encourages thinking and getting outside and discovering the world God has made. Each week holds a small lesson in how we experience the church through the eyes of a small child. The church and her teachings are integrated into the lessons. By the end of this year the student should be a good reader and be ready to tackle the learning and exploration of Year 2.
Read Aloud list:
Charlotte’s Web

My Father’s Dragon Trilogy

The Riverbank Tales

Mercy Watson
 

1st grade (sample video)

Year 2 begins with a review of phonics and number awareness. We will learn decoding strategies that will help the student become a better reader. The year includes writing sentences, beginning grammar, classic stories, fairy tales, exploring the world of wonder, and mathematical foundations. This year will follow the Bible from Creation to the founding of the Church through a timeline format that allows for a  child to see the “big picture” of God’s plan for our salvation. Students will be able to think, speak, and write proper sentences. 
Read Aloud list:
Trumpet of the Swan
Wizard of Oz
Mouse and the Motorcycle
Pippi Longstocking
Wind in the Willows
The Borrowers

 

2nd grade (sample video)

Year 3 assumes that the student has a good phonics foundation and can write print letters well. This year will introduce cursive writing. Reading comprehension, writing paragraphs and grammar will be taught along with classic stories and fables. We will discover God’s creatures and how they live. Mathematical concepts will be taught and exercises will be given. We will examine where we live and how it works, taking a look at our government and our world. The feast days of the Orthodox church will be explored and enjoyed. 
Read Aloud list:
Little House on the Prairie
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
101 Dalmatians
Boxcar Children
Harriet the Spy 

 

3rd grade (sample video)

Year 4 will encourage reading of good books and producing short, concise summaries. We will continue our use of cursive writing. The student will explore mathematical concepts, grammar rules, the human body in God’s image, and a history overview as presented in the book A Child’s History of the World by Dr. Hillyer. At the end of this year of the series a child is expected to be a good reader, a good writer, a good speaker, and a good thinker. 
Read Aloud list:
Black Ships Before Troy
Black Ships of Troy
Sarah Plain and Tall
Little Pilgrim’s Progress
Theras and His Town
Heidi

K-1 Music: Music Explorers w/Presba. Suzanne Lichtenstein

Required Text/Materials: 

  • Music instrument, TBA, approximately $30

  • Music books and recordings, TBA, approximately $20

  • Free account with Noteflight.com

  • Free app on smartphone, Audiostretch Lite

Summary:  No previous experience needed. 

What could be more fun than exploring the science and geography of Music? And the younger we start, the better! In this course, we will

  • Experiment with how sound works, research what makes higher and lower pitches, and make simple musical instruments.

  • Investigate the names of pitches and rhythms and discover how to use them.

  • Travel into Solfege Land, where we will learn to sing songs in Music Language, and use Kodaly-Curwen signs to examine the patterns of songs with our hands.

  • Learn to play songs on our class instrument. Students will begin playing songs on Day 1 and explore how to transfer these songs to other instruments in the home.

  • Compose our own short songs, writing both music and lyrics.

In addition, students will 

  • Practice handling musical mistakes calmly, and learn how to turn them into opportunities.

  • Open the “practice toolbox” and test out ways to learn efficiently.

Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction. Homework will require 5-10 minutes per day, on average, and will consist of practicing short songs and occasional handwritten or Noteflight.com assignments. After completing this course, students will be prepared for the 2nd–3rd grade Music Detectives course.

 

2-3 Music: Music Detectives w/Presba. Suzanne Lichtenstein

Required Text/Materials: 

Required Text/Materials:

  • Music instrument, TBA, approximately $30

  • Music books and recordings, TBA, approximately $20

  • Free account with Noteflight.com

  • Free app on smartphone, Audiostretch Lite

Summary: No previous experience needed

In this course, we will delve into the mysteries of Music, developing our analytical skills and becoming savvy detectives. We will

  • Analyze form and “rhyme structure” of music.

  • Decode the notes of songs using our listening skills, and write these hidden song codes on paper.

  • Learn to make music maps of the song codes on paper, making the code even easier to read. (This activity prepares students for learning to read Western staff notation more easily. See staff notation example.)

  • Learn to play songs on our class instrument in Major, minor, and modal tonalities. Students will begin playing songs on Day 1. Students will develop the ability to transfer these songs to other instruments in the home.

  • Compose our own songs, writing both music and lyrics.

Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction. Homework will require 10-15 minutes per day, on average, and will consist of handwritten assignments, Noteflight.com assignments, and practicing short songs. After completing this course, students will be prepared for the Music Detectives 2 course (coming next year), or for the 4th-5th grade Music Fluency course. 

4th Grade Math w/  Kh. Kelleylynn Barberg

Required Text: Math Mammoth level 4, complete set which includes tests and answer keys. I suggest you get the already printed sets from either Rainbow Resources or Lulu sells each component separately, printed and coil bound.  You can purchase just the CD or the download and print the sheets yourself, but in my experience, I used this curriculum with my guys when they were young, it is expensive and time-consuming to do all that printing yourself. https://www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_4
Summary: In the fourth grade, students focus on multi-digit multiplication and division, learning to use bigger numbers, solving multi-step word problems that involve several operations, and they get started in studying fractions and decimals. We also begin using algebraic thinking, by finding missing numbers.  One of the things that I appreciate in this curriculum is the liberal use of word problems. Word problems bring math into the every day, we use math all the time, as word problems. This curriculum has two student work texts with plenty of extra instruction to help with assignments. 

4th Grade Math w/  

Required Text: Math Mammoth level 4, complete set which includes tests and answer keys. I suggest you get the already printed sets from either Rainbow Resources or Lulu sells each component separately, printed and coil bound.  You can purchase just the CD or the download and print the sheets yourself, but in my experience, I used this curriculum with my guys when they were young, it is expensive and time-consuming to do all that printing yourself. 
Summary: In the fourth grade, students focus on multi-digit multiplication and division, learning to use bigger numbers, solving multi-step word problems that involve several operations, and they get started in studying fractions and decimals. We also begin using algebraic thinking, by finding missing numbers.  One of the things that I appreciate in this curriculum is the liberal use of word problems. Word problems bring math into the every day, we use math all the time, as word problems. This curriculum has two student work texts with plenty of extra instruction to help with assignments. SYLLABUS.  https://www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_4

4th Grade Science w/ Kh. Kelleylynn Barberg

Required Text None required at this time. A book on simple machines may be added.
Required tools: Students will need a 3-ring binder with at least four sections. Materials for science experiments will be listed in the syllabus and I will do my best to keep costs to a minimum for the experiments. 

Summary: We will dive into how our world works from simple machines to energy to light to magnetism. The Good and The Beautiful curriculum on Energy will be our main curriculum, but I will be using other resources to talk about simple machines and explore different ways to experience how God’s world works every day. Families will not need to buy the curriculum from The Good and The Beautiful, but there will be a list of experiments that the students will be able to do at home, which will have components that families might need to buy. Students will also need a science notebook. More information will be in the syllabus. You can check out The Good and The Beautiful curriculum here – Energy. 

4th Grade Science w/ 

Required Text None required at this time. A book on simple machines may be added.
Required tools: Students will need a 3-ring binder with at least four sections. Materials for science experiments will be listed in the syllabus and I will do my best to keep costs to a minimum for the experiments. 

Summary: We will dive into how our world works from simple machines to energy to light to magnetism. The Good and The Beautiful curriculum on Energy will be our main curriculum, but I will be using other resources to talk about simple machines and explore different ways to experience how God’s world works every day. Families will not need to buy the curriculum from The Good and The Beautiful, but there will be a list of experiments that the students will be able to do at home, which will have components that families might need to buy. Students will also need a science notebook. More information will be in the syllabus. You can check out The Good and The Beautiful curriculum here – Energy. 

4th Grade Combined Social Studies & Writing w/ Kh. Kelleylynn Barberg

Required TextMinn of the Mississippi; Paddle to the Sea; Tree in the Trail; and Seabird all by Holling C. Holling. The books can be bought in other places besides Beautiful Feet Books, but so far, I think BFB has the best prices unless you buy used copies, which would be perfectly acceptable!

Required Maps: Geography Map Set can only be bought at BFB. Parents don’t need to buy the teacher’s guide, but it can be helpful as we move through the curriculum. The PDF copy is just $13.95.

Summary: Learning about America with Geography through Literature from Beautiful Feet Books. My favorite way to learn about history is through literature and Holling C. Holling has four wonderful books that take us through the United States and the North American continent. We will learn about the geography of our country, our landmarks, natural science, as well as the history of the many people groups that have lived and continue to live in those states. World geography is pulled into our study when we begin reading Seabird. This class will also include instruction in writing with several writing assignments, based on what we are learning in class. We will not be studying grammar, specifically, but I am happy to suggest two or three good grammar programs. The class will not have a spelling component, either, but we will be learning vocabulary and I will administer short tests to make sure students are keeping up with learning the vocabulary. Students will need the four Holling C. Holling books and the maps that Beautiful Feet Books sells for this curriculum. The books make excellent gifts from grandparents. Students will also need a 3-ring binder with at least 4 sections. 

4th Grade Combined Social Studies & Writing w/ 

Required TextMinn of the Mississippi; Paddle to the Sea; Tree in the Trail; and Seabird all by Holling C. Holling. The books can be bought in other places besides Beautiful Feet Books, but so far, I think BFB has the best prices unless you buy used copies, which would be perfectly acceptable!

Required Maps: Geography Map Set can only be bought at BFB. Parents don’t need to buy the teacher’s guide, but it can be helpful as we move through the curriculum. The PDF copy is just $13.95.

Summary: Learning about America with Geography through Literature from Beautiful Feet Books. My favorite way to learn about history is through literature and Holling C. Holling has four wonderful books that take us through the United States and the North American continent. We will learn about the geography of our country, our landmarks, natural science, as well as the history of the many people groups that have lived and continue to live in those states. World geography is pulled into our study when we begin reading Seabird. This class will also include instruction in writing with several writing assignments, based on what we are learning in class. We will not be studying grammar, specifically, but I am happy to suggest two or three good grammar programs. The class will not have a spelling component, either, but we will be learning vocabulary and I will administer short tests to make sure students are keeping up with learning the vocabulary. Students will need the four Holling C. Holling books and the maps that Beautiful Feet Books sells for this curriculum. The books make excellent gifts from grandparents. Students will also need a 3-ring binder with at least 4 sections. 

4th/5th Grade Combined Bible Stories w/ Ms. Julia Shaheen

Required Text Supplied by teacher

Summary: The Bible Stories class primarily goes through the Old Testament during a two-year period telling stories to stimulate the imagination and edify the soul. SYLLABUS

4th/5th Grade Music Fluency w/ Presb. Suzanne Lichtenstein

Required Text/Materials:  (No prior experience necessary)

  • Music Instrument, TBA, approximately $30

  • Music Books and Recordings, TBA, approximately $20

  • Free account with Noteflight.com

  • Free app on smartphone, Audiostretch Lite

Summary: Music touches our souls and opens our hearts and minds to God. There is no prior experience necessary for this course. This course will teach how music works, and will focus on creating and performing music. Students will use singing and hands-on, interactive techniques to learn to play, read, compose, transcribe, and transpose music. Students will be exposed to Western notation (notes on staff), Eastern notation (Byzantine neumes), and scale-degree handsigns (Kodaly-Curwen). They will experiment with melody, harmony, and ison (Church harmony). Students will analyze how to use pitch and rhythm for desired effect in composing, and write their own, original songs. 

  • Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction. 

  • Homework will require 10-20 minutes per day, on average, and will consist of handwritten assignments, Noteflight.com assignments, and practicing short songs.

  • After completing this course, students will be well prepared for the middle-school Music Literacy course. SYLLABUS.

5th Grade Math w/ Pauline Magnusson

Required Text: Math Mammoth Grade 5, complete set which includes tests and answer keys. I suggest you get the already printed sets from either Rainbow Resources or Lulu sells each component separately, printed and coil bound.  You can purchase just the CD or the download and print the sheets yourself, but in my experience, I used this curriculum with my guys when they were young, it is expensive and time consuming to do all that printing yourself.

Summary: In the fifth grade, students focus on the four operations with whole numbers, place value with large numbers and the judicious use of calculator, problem solving & simple equations, decimal arithmetic (all operations with decimals), statistics and graphing, fraction arithmetic (all operations with fractions), geometry: review of angles, area, and perimeter; drawing circles; classifying triangles & quadrilaterals; volume of rectangular prisms. One of the things that I appreciate in this curriculum is the liberal use of word problems. Word problems bring math into our every day world. This curriculum has two student work texts with plenty of extra instruction to help with assignments. SYLLABUS.    https://www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_5 

5th Grade Science w/ Pauline Magnusson

Required Text: None required at this time. A book on simple machines may be added.
Required tools: Students will need a 3-ring binder with at least four sections. Materials for science experiments will be listed in the syllabus and I will do my best to keep costs to a minimum for the experiments. 
Summary: We will dive into how our world works from simple machines to energy to light to magnetism. The Good and The Beautiful curriculum on Energy will be our main curriculum, but I will be using other resources to talk about simple machines and explore different ways to experience how God’s world works every day. Families will not need to buy the curriculum from The Good and The Beautiful, but there will be a list of experiments that the students will be able to do at home, which will have components that families might need to buy. Students will also need a science notebook. More information will be in the syllabus. You can check out The Good and The Beautiful curriculum here – Energy. 

5th Grade American History with Literature and Writing w/ Pauline Magnusson

Required Text Beautiful Feet Books is publishing a new Teacher’s Guide and they are changing the books that will accompany the curriculum. I will post books and prices as soon as I have the new list!

Summary: My favorite way to learn about history is through literature and Beautiful Feet Books is great at doing this. We will use their intermediate American History curriculum, starting with the Revolutionary War. This class will require that students read ahead and be prepared to talk about the readings.
   This class will also include instruction in writing with several writing assignments, based on what we are learning in class. We will not be studying grammar or spelling, specifically, but I am happy to suggest two or three good grammar and spelling programs. We will be learning vocabulary and I will administer short tests to make sure students are keeping up with learning the vocabulary.
   Students will need several books, but not all at the beginning of class, and I will include a schedule of when books will need to be read in the syllabus. The books make excellent gifts from grandparents. Students will also need a 3-ring binder with at least four sections.

 

 

Middle School 

Acting 2 w/ Mrs. Isabella Lash

Required Text/Books: TBA

Summary: Students will analyze characters, scripts, film scenes, and more. They will develop monologues, scenes, and characters. The basics of audition technique will be introduced, including picking and preparing audition pieces, learning how to be confident in the audition room, audition do’s and don’ts, and more. Students will end the class with multiple performance-ready audition pieces. They will continue voice and body work through the study of human behavior. At the end of the year, the class will participate in a performance for family and friends. SYLLABUS

Computer Science w/ Mr. Andrew Hamblin *12 PM CLASS IS FULL* (1 pm class has openings)

Required Text/Books: TBA

Summary: Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course for middle grade students. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as problem solving, programming, physical computing, user centered design, and data, while inspiring students as they build their own websites, apps, animations, games, and physical computing systems. It provides a broad introduction to the fields of computing and using programming to solve problems. Students will need access to a computer to complete assignments. A Tablet WILL NOT work. and the Physical Computing unit requires a $30 kit to complete.

 

English 6th Grade w/ Mrs. Natalia Wooten

Required Text/Books: King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie,  A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, The Lost Tools of Writing Level 1, Fairy-Tales and Aesop's Fables (provided by the teacher)

Summary: In Middle School English, students are introduced to lots of great stories and characters: ancient and modern, comedies and tragedies, fiction and nonfiction, and even a film adaptation of a book. Students will develop knowledge of the basic components of a story and an appreciation for techniques that authors use to make their work both engaging and beautiful. Class discussions will take place from a foundation of Christian values, as we explore how the characters reflect, or fail to reflect, the wisdom which is revealed to us through the Orthodox Christian faith. Additionally, our discussions will focus on questions such as “what makes a story worth reading?” and “what kinds of human desires, ideas, and conflicts show up in lots of great stories?” Students will also focus on writing and grammar. Writing assignments can be adapted for the needs of each student. They will include summaries, a personal narrative, theme analysis, and a compare/contrast essay. Students will also begin to incorporate the texts they read into their own writing with direct quotes and paraphrasing. Instruction in grammar will take the form of editing and fixing incorrect sentences in story formats to instill basic and advanced grammar techniques of grammatical in a more functional way. Students enrolling in this course can benefit from the option of having a weekly, one-on-one writing conference with their teacher. SYLLABUS

English 7-8th Grade w/ Mrs. Pauline Magnusson *1 PM CLASS IS FULL* (3 pm class has openings)

Required Text/Books: Icon by Georgia Briggs, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, The Lost Tools of Writing Level 1

Summary: In Middle School English, students are introduced to lots of great stories and characters: ancient and modern, comedies and tragedies, fiction and nonfiction, and even a film adaptation of a book. Students will develop knowledge of the basic components of a story and an appreciation for techniques that authors use to make their work both engaging and beautiful. Class discussions will take place from a foundation of Christian values, as we explore how the characters reflect, or fail to reflect, the wisdom which is revealed to us through the Orthodox Christian faith. Additionally, our discussions will focus on questions such as “what makes a story worth reading?” and “what kinds of human desires, ideas, and conflicts show up in lots of great stories?” Students will also focus on writing and grammar. Writing assignments can be adapted for the needs of each student. They will include summaries, a personal narrative, theme analysis, and a compare/contrast essay. Students will also begin to incorporate the texts they read into their own writing with direct quotes and paraphrasing. Instruction in grammar will take the form of editing and fixing incorrect sentences in story formats to instill basic and advanced grammar techniques of grammatical in a more functional way. Students enrolling in this course can benefit from the option of having a weekly, one-on-one writing conference with their teacher. SYLLABUS

English 7-8th Grade w/ Mrs. Natalia Wooten 3pm

Required Text/Books: Icon by Georgia Briggs, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, The Lost Tools of Writing Level 1

Summary: In Middle School English, students are introduced to lots of great stories and characters: ancient and modern, comedies and tragedies, fiction and nonfiction, and even a film adaptation of a book. Students will develop knowledge of the basic components of a story and an appreciation for techniques that authors use to make their work both engaging and beautiful. Class discussions will take place from a foundation of Christian values, as we explore how the characters reflect, or fail to reflect, the wisdom which is revealed to us through the Orthodox Christian faith. Additionally, our discussions will focus on questions such as “what makes a story worth reading?” and “what kinds of human desires, ideas, and conflicts show up in lots of great stories?” Students will also focus on writing and grammar. Writing assignments can be adapted for the needs of each student. They will include summaries, a personal narrative, theme analysis, and a compare/contrast essay. Students will also begin to incorporate the texts they read into their own writing with direct quotes and paraphrasing. Instruction in grammar will take the form of editing and fixing incorrect sentences in story formats to instill basic and advanced grammar techniques of grammatical in a more functional way. Students enrolling in this course can benefit from the option of having a weekly, one-on-one writing conference with their teacher. SYLLABUS

English 7-8th Grade w/ Mrs. Brooke Chapman Co. A 3pm

Required Text/Books: Icon by Georgia Briggs, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, The Lost Tools of Writing Level 1

Summary: In Middle School English, students are introduced to lots of great stories and characters: ancient and modern, comedies and tragedies, fiction and nonfiction, and even a film adaptation of a book. Students will develop knowledge of the basic components of a story and an appreciation for techniques that authors use to make their work both engaging and beautiful. Class discussions will take place from a foundation of Christian values, as we explore how the characters reflect, or fail to reflect, the wisdom which is revealed to us through the Orthodox Christian faith. Additionally, our discussions will focus on questions such as “what makes a story worth reading?” and “what kinds of human desires, ideas, and conflicts show up in lots of great stories?” Students will also focus on writing and grammar. Writing assignments can be adapted for the needs of each student. They will include summaries, a personal narrative, theme analysis, and a compare/contrast essay. Students will also begin to incorporate the texts they read into their own writing with direct quotes and paraphrasing. Instruction in grammar will take the form of editing and fixing incorrect sentences in story formats to instill basic and advanced grammar techniques of grammatical in a more functional way. Students enrolling in this course can benefit from the option of having a weekly, one-on-one writing conference with their teacher. SYLLABUS

French w/ Mrs. Alina Miron

Required Text/Books: First Start French (available through Memoria Press or used bookstores online), A French/English dictionary if you wish (there are some good ones available online)

Summary: Students will get a head start as they are introduced to the French language and culture with Madame Miron. 

Introduction to Acting w/ Mrs. Isabella Lash ​

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will develop creativity, expression, analytical skills, and acting technique through exercises heavily focused on voice and body. Mime, physical expression, vocal articulation and expression, acting terminology, and foundational acting technique are among the many skills that will be taught.  There will be both solo and group work implemented through monologues and scenes. At the end of the year, the class will participate in a performance for family and friends. SYLLABUS

Lives of the Saints w/ Fr. Michael Heningham **12 PM CLASS IS FULL* (11 am class has openings)

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: During this semester, we will explore the definition of sainthood in the Orthodox Church, along with the lives of the righteous ancestors of Christ, the prophets, apostles, and angels. We will continue the discovery of the saint's lives who served Christ as evangelists, martyrs, and confessors.

Math 7/6 w/ Dr. Suzie Schumaker

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 7/6

Summary: In this middle school math course students will cover topics such as: decimals, fractions, number lines, measurement, area, perimeter, volume, place value, solid figures, percent, ratio, unit conversion, probability, angles, and coordinates. There will be daily assignments and tests after every chapter. Students will be prepared for Pre-algebra after this course. SYLLABUS

Music Literacy  w/ Anne McClintic *CLASS IS FULL'

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: This class will focus on developing foundational skills for developing music literacy.  The course will include critical listening, music notation, basic music writing, and singing.  Upon completion of this class, students will be able to read and write music notation, sight-read basic passages on solfege, and listen, analyze, and describe music. SYLLABUS

Music Literacy w/ Presb. Suzanne Lichtenstein 

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: This class will focus on developing foundational skills for developing music literacy.  The course will include critical listening, music notation, basic music writing, and singing.  Upon completion of this class, students will be able to read and write music notation, sight-read basic passages on solfege, and listen, analyze, and describe music. 

New Testament A Cohort w/ Dn. MIchael DeHaven

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible

Summary: For the fall semester, students will study the gospels. In the spring semester, the students will study Acts through Revelation.

New Testament B Cohort w/ Fr. Raphael Barberg 

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible

Summary: For the fall semester, students will study the gospels. In the spring semester, the students will study Acts through Revelation. SYLLABUS

New Testament C Cohort w/ Fr. Alex Mackoul *THIS CLASS IS FULL*

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible

Summary: For the fall semester, students will study the gospels. In the spring semester, the students will study Acts through Revelation. SYLLABUS

Pre-algebra w/  Gabi Hamblin

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 1/2

Summary: In this Pre-algebra class students will cover topics such as: prime and composite numbers, fractions and decimals, order of operations, coordinates, exponents, square roots, ratios, algebraic phrases and more. There will be daily assignments and tests after every chapter. Students will be prepared for algebra I after this course. SYLLABUS

Science 6th Grade Marine Biology w/ Emily Davis *2 PM IS FULL*  (3 pm class has openings)

Required Text/Books: The Good and the Beautiful Marine Biology

Summary: It is not necessary for the content but I would highly recommend printing with a color printer, as the photographs included of the oceans and marine life are so beautiful. Topics include ocean characteristics, tides and intertidal zones, marine life, coral reefs, marine invertebrates, marine vertebrates, marine reptiles, birds and mammals, and ocean exploration. SYLLABUS

Science 7th Grade Anatomy w/ Dr. Suzie Schumaker

Required Text/Books: The Good and the Beautiful The Human Body

Summary: With our textbook to assist us, we will study the human body from the perspective of the Orthodox Church. Students will learn about body systems, how organs work together, and how the body works as a whole. SYLLABUS

Science 7th Grade Anatomy Cohort A w/ Dallas Shipp 

Required Text/Books: The Good and the Beautiful The Human Body

Summary: With our textbook to assist us, we will study the human body from the perspective of the Orthodox Church. Students will learn about body systems, how organs work together, and how the body works as a whole. SYLLABUS.

Science 8th & 9th Grade Physical Science: Meteorology w/ Dallas Shipp

Required Text/Books: The Good and the Beautiful Meteorology

Summary: Packed with experiments and activities, this science class will explore the weather and atmosphere in detail. The class is designed to help children gain knowledge of meteorology as they recognize God’s hand and feel the wonders of this world. This unit is very hands-on and requires more supplies and prep time than some other science units. SYLLABUS.

Social Studies 6th/7th/8th Grade w/ Adrienne Bowling *THIS CLASS IS FULL* (3PM class has openings)

Required Text/Books: Streams of Civilization by Hyma and Stanton

Summary: The purpose of Greece and Rome and Classical History is to explore the foundations for Western Civilization. This class will begin with the origins of the Greek culture as it developed and spread, effectively Hellenizing the ancient world. We will study key individuals and events of the Greek world and slowly work our way to the Roman Republic and Empire. Special emphasis will be on the individuals who helped build these great societies, the wars and events that shaped their rise and falls, and much discussion about how these events affect society today. If time permits, we will take a look at neighboring civilizations as well. The goals of the course are twofold. The first is to establish the Greece and Roman foundation of Western Civilization, the second is to Biblically evaluate the ideas and decisions these Greece and Rome were based on. SYLLABUS

Spanish w/ Rachel Miltner

Required Text/Books:  TBA

Summary: Students will get a head start as they are introduced to the Spanish language and culture with Senora Miltner. 

Virtues & Passions w/ Fr. Paul Girgis *THIS CLASS IS FULL* (11am class has openings)

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Drawing from the Book of Genesis, students will learn how man was created, what he was created for and the spiritual brokenness he finds himself in today. We will discover the method in which one is spiritually redeemed (healed) as well as develop a clear understanding of the passions and how we become entangled in their disorienting web. Concluding our discovery of the passions, we will focus on grasping the essential nature of cultivating virtue and the practical methods in which one does. All instruction draws from the Fathers and several contemporary theologians and is taught in practical ways appropriate to the experiential and spiritual level of the students. This is level one in our virtues and passions series. SYLLABUS.

 

High School 

 

 

Acting 2 w/ Mrs. Isabella Lash ​

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will analyze characters, scripts, film scenes, and more. They will develop monologues, scenes, and characters. The basics of audition technique will be introduced, including picking and preparing audition pieces, learning how to be confident in the audition room, audition do’s and don’ts, and more. Students will end the class with multiple performance-ready audition pieces. They will continue voice and bodywork through the study of human behavior. At the end of the year, the class will participate in a performance for family and friends. SYLLABUS
 

9th & 10th Grade English w/ Sueanna Keim Alter *12 PM CLASS IS FULL* (1 pm class has openings)

Required Text/Books: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Summary:  Over two semesters we will delve into the question of Fate vs. Freedom. Are we free to choose our own path in life? Is there something lost by taking this course of action? Is it nobler to follow the paths trod by those before us, or to diverge from them when adventure calls? Through the selected works, we will chart the paths of characters who make these difficult choices, and apply their wisdom to our own lives. SYLLABUS

11th & 12th Grade English w/ Fr. Fred Shaheen

Required Text/Books: The Gospel According to Peanuts by Robert L. Short, Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger, Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Summary:  Using short stories, poetry and audio/video, this course will have students examine literature and reflect on it in class discussions. They will be asked to learn new vocabulary and identify common themes and motifs. They will write several short essays in which they express their own way of seeing.

11th & 12th Grade Advanced Acting 3 w/ Mrs. Isabella Lash ​

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will take the study of acting to the next level through creating 3-dimensional characters, including developing different bodies and voices. They will be given the tools to build rich, multi-layered relationships “on-stage”. Students will be encouraged to discover the emotional life of their characters and grow in vulnerability. They will be introduced to Shakespeare, learning how to approach and communicate the text. At the end of the year, the class will participate in a performance for family and friends. SYLLABUS

Algebra 1 w/ Kh. Carrie Heningham 

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 1

Summary: This course will assist students in better understanding the need to resolve more complex problems and functions, and will begin to open up the student’s mind and awareness of the mathematical order, symmetry, coherence, and beauty intrinsic to God’s creation. It will help those students who may struggle with a more complex math curriculum. Students who are more concrete thinkers and thrive on repetition will do well in this class. Topics covered include signed numbers, exponents, and roots; absolute value; equations and inequalities; scientific notations; unit conversions; polynomials; graphs; factoring; quadratic equations; direct and inverse variations; exponential growth; statistics; and probability. Knowledge obtained in this course is foundational to success in higher levels of math including Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Statistics and Probability. SYLLABUS

Algebra 1 Cohort A w/ Dr. Suzie Schumaker

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 1

Summary: This course will assist students in better understanding the need to resolve more complex problems and functions, and will begin to open up the student’s mind and awareness of the mathematical order, symmetry, coherence, and beauty intrinsic to God’s creation. It will help those students who may struggle with a more complex math curriculum. Students who are more concrete thinkers and thrive on repetition will do well in this class. Topics covered include signed numbers, exponents, and roots; absolute value; equations and inequalities; scientific notations; unit conversions; polynomials; graphs; factoring; quadratic equations; direct and inverse variations; exponential growth; statistics; and probability. Knowledge obtained in this course is foundational to success in higher levels of math including Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Statistics and Probability.

Algebra II w/ Kh. Carrie Heningham

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 2

Note: These materials follow a traditional scope and sequence covering the needed concepts and providing the needed skills development. 

Summary: Core concepts will be presented, reviewed and practice exercises provided. SYLLABUS

American Civics & Economics w/ Dn. Basil Hinkle
Required Text/Books: Civics, Instructor will provide. “Economics, Principles and Practices, by Clayton
Summary: In the fall semester, students will become familiar with the Founding Documents of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, as well as the Federalist Papers & Non-Federalist Papers. They will learn how American Government works and the essential information needed to be a good citizen. They will learn the three branches of government and the significance of the separation of powers doctrine. They will understand how elections work and the impact of American government structure and economics on the rest of the world. In the spring semester, students will study a brief history of economics historically and in the life of the Church as well as understand the major economic systems. This will be a highly interactive class that will have students examining economic principles and systems in the historic and modern political life of America and their impact internationally. In most states, these two classes are required for graduation. SYLLABUS

American History w/ Fr. Michael Heningham

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.
Summary: This study will explore the social and spiritual forces that shaped the history of the United States.  Instead of statistics and dates, it will take an apolitical path of how humanity managed to develop the most unique human experience in history combining cultures and mythologies from all around the globe as an expression of destiny and exceptionalism.  We will be going where most histories have not gone before, to look behind the scenes and get as close as knowing the people of the times and what they experienced, and how they made decisions that impact, and to a degree, control our lives today.  We will learn about the failures and the miracles, and how none of it was an accident.  Through this study of American History, we will learn about the wisdom, fulfillment, and inspirations that were inherited from the most ancient times and continue to inspire the people of our nation. In most states, this class is a 
required class for graduation.

Biblical Greek (Koine) Level 1 w/ Brian Ashland

Required Text/Books: Summers/Sawyer's book Essentials of New Testament Greek 1995 by Ray Summers and Thomas Sawyer (ed.) Broadman and Holman Pub. ISBN 978-0805410013
Summary:  Introducing the language of the New Testament, the language of the Gospels and Epistles, as well as the Septuagint, we introduce the Greek writing system, grammar (including Latin grammatical categories), morphological forms, and semiticized syntax. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of an historical phonological reconstruction. For the spring semester: Finishing up our book Essentials of NT Greek, we will look at more difficult forms of morphology: declension and conjugation, as well as increasingly complex syntax as we read the exercises in our book based upon large sections from the 1st Epistle of John. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of an historical phonological reconstruction. Many states accept classical languages as credit for the foreign language requirement.

Biblical Greek (Koine) Level 2 w/ Brian Ashland

Required Text/Books: Summers/Sawyer's book Essentials of New Testament Greek 1995 by Ray Summers and Thomas Sawyer (ed.) Broadman and Holman Pub. ISBN 978-0805410013
Summary:  A continuation in the language of the New Testament, the language of the Gospels and Epistles, as well as the Septuagint.

Biblical Greek (Koine) Level 3 w/ Brian Ashland

SYLLABUS

Biblical Greek (Koine) Level 4 w/ Brian Ashland

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Biology w/ Michael Pagani *3 PM CLASS IS FULL* (12pm and 2 pm classes have openings)

Required Text/Books: Miller & Levine Biology: 2010 On-Level, Student Edition,  ISBN-13: 978-0133669510 ISBN-10: 9780133669510

Summary: In this Biology class, we will "inspire students to interact with trusted and up-to-date biology content. The authors' unique storytelling style engages students in biology, with a greater focus on written and visual analogies." SYLLABUS

Chemistry w/ Marie Angelini

Required Text/Books: Modern Chemistry: Student Edition 2009, by Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Summary:  The Introduction to Chemistry Course will provide the student with basic chemistry concepts, including: Matter, Measurements, Periodic Law, Chemical Bonding, Formulas, Compounds, Equations/Reactions, Stoichiometry, Gas Laws, Solutions, and Acid/Base Chemistry.  The course will include a weekly at-home, hands-on experimental lab, utilizing water and everyday household chemicals. SYLLABUS

Classical Greek (Attic) Level 1 w/ Brian Ashland

Required Text/Books: Athenaze Book 1 2nd Ed. 2003 by Balme and Lawall, Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195149562
Summary: Introducing the language of ancient Athens, the language of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle among others, we will be starting with the Greek writing system, grammar (including Latin grammatical categories), morphological forms, and syntax. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of an historical phonological reconstruction. For the spring semester: Completing the first book of the Athenaze series, we will continue to explore and break down morphological constructions, and build upon our understanding of syntax as we begin to read increasingly complex texts. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of an historical phonological reconstruction. Many states accept classical languages as credit for the foreign language requirement. 

Compelling Conversations w/ Fr Patrick Cardine *FULL*

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible
Summary:
  This class is intended for 9th/10th-grade students. Dn. Adam will guide teenagers on a group discussion about the basic tenets of the Orthodox faith and how to articulate them. The subject matter will focus solely on what Orthodox Christianity is and how to explain the faith at a high school level. This is not an evangelism/outreach class, but rather a catechesis of teenagers so that they may articulate their faith confidently. All students are required to verbally participate. At the end of each semester, an oral report is required as the final exam.

French Level 1 w/ Alina Miron

Required Text/Books: Invitation au monde francophone, 2nd edition 2005 by Gilbert A. Jarvis, Therese M. Bonin, Diane W. Birckbichler, and Anne Lair (ed). The CD is not mandatory.
Summary: French is perhaps one of the most widely spoken and culturally rich of the love languages. In this course we will cover introductory level pronunciation, speaking, writing, and reading. With a focus on listening and verbally responding, level 1 French will enable students to become culturally aware, communicative, and confident with the French language. 

French Level 2 w/ Alina Miron

Required Text/Books: Invitation au monde francophone, 2nd edition 2005 by Gilbert A. Jarvis, Therese M. Bonin, Diane W. Birckbichler, and Anne Lair (ed). The CD is not mandatory.
Summary: French is perhaps one of the most widely spoken and culturally rich of the love languages. In this course, we will cover pronunciation, speaking, writing, and reading. With a focus on listening and verbally responding, level 2 French will enable students to become culturally aware, communicative, and confident with the French language. 

Geometry "Euclid's Element's" w/ Sueanna Alter

Required Text/Books: Euclid's Elements Book 1

Summary: In this course we will strive to understand geometry as defined by the father of geometry, Euclid. By exploring his definitions, postulates, and propositions in Book 1 of The Elements we will exercise logical reasoning and learn a numberless approach to understanding the relationships between angles, lines, and figures. This class counts as one credit of math but is NOT designed to help prepare for the SAT/ACT. SYLLABUS

German Level 1 w/ Dn. Michael DeHaven

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: The German language holds a significant place in both the history of Western Civilization and in contemporary Europe. It is the medium through which many poets, thinkers, philosophers, and scientists communicated their ideas to the world. Come with us on a journey to discover this rich and challenging language! In this first class, we will lay the foundations for interacting with speakers of German, focusing on acquiring the vocabulary necessary for a wide range of social interactions. We will discover German grammar through comparison and contrast in the context of the topics we cover and will also explore various aspects of the cultures of German-speaking countries related to the same topics. No prior experience with German is necessary. SYLLABUS

German Level 2 w/ Dn. Michael DeHaven

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: As we continue our journey through the German language, we will build on the foundations laid in German 1 and further develop our ability to interact with the German-speaking world. We will continue to build the vocabulary necessary to discuss a broad range of topics and continue to discover more complex grammar. Interested students should have completed German 1 or at least one year of High School German. SYLLABUS

German Level 3 w/ Dn. Michael DeHaven

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: In this class, we will switch our primary focus to a more explicit and intense study of German grammar while examining and discussing texts on a wide range of topics that contain the structures in focus. Through these texts, we will also continue to acquire the vocabulary necessary for communicating at a more sophisticated level than in the previous classes. The class will be conducted almost entirely in German, so students will need to have completed German 2, at least two years of High School German, or obtain instructor permission through a short interview. SYLLABUS

German Level 4 w/ Dn. Michael DeHaven

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: This final course in the sequence will be focused on reading and discussing various texts including fairy tales, poems, short stories, and German versions of Christian texts, including the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. We will continue to refine our understanding of German grammar through these texts and will review structures when necessary. Students will need to have completed German 3, three years of High School German, or obtain instructor permission through a short interview. SYLLABUS

Health and Wellness w/ Michael Pagani

Required Text/Books: Total Health, Choices for a Winning Lifestyle, Susan Boe, A health Textbook for High School, Purposeful Design Publications
ISBN 978-1-58331-225-4 (Hardcover] ISBN 978-1-58331-226-1 [Softcover]

Summary:  This course is a 15 High School level lecture series on Health and Wellness that is broken down into 3 main areas of study.  The first area of study is physical health that covers Anatomy and Physiology, nutrition, fitness and exercise, infectious and non-infectious diseases. The second area is mental health that covers stress and Anxiety, L.I.F.E. management, and how we are made in His Likeness and Image.
The third area is Social Health to include choosing our influences, risky business, responsibility, maturity, and relationships. In most states, this class is
required for graduation. 

Introduction to Acting w/ Mrs. Isabella Lash ​

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will develop creativity, expression, analytical skills, and acting technique through exercises heavily focused on voice and body. Mime, physical expression, vocal articulation and expression, acting terminology, and foundational acting technique are among the many skills that will be taught.  There will be both solo and group work implemented through monologues and scenes. At the end of the year, the class will participate in a performance for family and friends. SYLLABUS

Introduction to Western Philosophy w/ Dallas Shipp

Required Text/Books: Great Dialogues of Plato by Plato, Meditation by Marcus Aurelius, The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius, Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis.

Summary:  Western Philosophy is a course of readings and conversations in classics of the genre from an Orthodox perspective. While we will make journeys into ethics, politics, we will return always to the practical questions of good living and enjoy literary masterworks. We will begin with Plato’s dialogues, Marcus Aurelius, and Boethius. We will end with revolutionary thinkers like Marx and Nietzsche and contrast the moral knowledge of the ancients and Christians with the skepticism and innovation of modernity. Both juniors and seniors are welcome, and the class is designed to foster weekly family discussions outside of class. SYLLABUS

Latin Level 1 w/ Maria Murray

Required Text/Books: Henle Latin First Year https://www.amazon.com/Henle-Latin-First-Year-Robert/dp/0829410260

Summary: Latin 1 will introduce you to the mother tongue of Western civilization. Through systematic study and translation exercises, the students will gain an academic vocabulary, a mastery of English grammar, and will develop the critical thinking skills that come from the study of a complex, inflected language. The Henle readings also teach the difference between the pagan and Christian worldviews and between the virtues of the natural man (of whom the Roman was the greatest type) and the virtues of the Christian man. This course will cover Units I-V of Henle's First Year, supplemented with Memoria Press Bible translation exercises.

Literature w/ Sueanna Alter

Required Text/Books: The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer

Summary: In this course, we will explore the masterpieces of ancient Greece: The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. Week by week we will discuss the readings during class, with writing assignments on the characters and events between classes. Our goal by the end will be to discover an appreciation for classical literature and its technique of storytelling. SYLLABUS 

Living the Life of the Church w/ Dn. Michael DeHaven

Required Text/Books: For the Life of the World by Alexander Schmemann

Summary: Is liturgy just an audio-visual experience we use to dress up our services and make them look pretty, or is there more to it? And what does all this liturgy have to do with how we live our lives as Christians? In this class we will examine the book “For the Life of the World” and, through it, discover the true role of liturgy in the life of the Church and our lives as Christians. SYLLABUS

Missionaries, Martyrs, & Modern Saints w/ Fr. Michael Heningham

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: This class is an examination of saints from the last two hundred years. We will learn about one saint per week. We will also discuss some people who are being considered for glorification and canonization (Mat. Olga and Abp. Arseny).

Music Appreciation w/ Anne McClintic

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: This class will provide students with an appreciation and understanding of music through exposure to different musical styles, listening, and analysis.  Students will develop their ear to identify patterns, instruments, and styles by their sound.  Students will also learn music terminology and music theory in order to write about music.  In addition to Western Classical music, this course will also have a special focus on Orthodox Church music.  We will cover the rich tradition of choral music in the Orthodox Church by listening to and discussing examples of hymns in different styles commonly used in worship. It is not required but recommended to have some prior music literacy before taking this class.

Old Testament w/ Fr. William Bennett, 12 PM

Required Text/Books:  TBA

Summary: TBA

Old Testament w/ Fr. Andrew Kishler, 11 AM

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible (both Old and New Testament)

Summary: This course will cover the books of the Old Testament according to the Orthodox Study Bible. Our weekly class periods will go more or less chronologically, focusing on the major personalities and events of the Old Testament.

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives w/ Fr. Paul Girgis 

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will learn of the angelic life of Elder Thaddeus - one of the most renowned spiritual guides of Serbia in the twentieth century. Discovering the Christian calling to "bear everything patiently and forgive all", students will learn the practical ways in which good thoughts and desires give us peace and joy "in this life and even more so in eternity." All instruction will draw from the spiritual teachings and conversations presented in "Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica" as well as other spiritual treasures to further compliment the rich teachings of this simple holy man. This is level three in our virtues and passions series. SYLLABUS.

Personal Finance w/ Fr. John Hogg

Required Text/Books: Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition by Dave Ramsey

Summary: This class is one semester long and will take place during the Spring Semester. The two primary resources for this class are Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition and Andrew Geleris. In most states, this class is required for graduation. 

Spanish 1 w/ Rachel Miltner 

Required Text/Books: Destinos Textbook 1992, 2nd Edition, ISBN-13:  978-0070672598 ISBN-10:  00706725982nd Edition Destinos Workbook. Lessons 1-26

Summary: Mrs. Milter has been teaching Spanish for many years. This class is designed to help the student learn the fundamental elements of Spanish. No prior learning in Spanish is necessary.  SYLLABUS

Spanish 2 w/ Rachel Miltner 

Required Text/Books: Destinos Textbook 1992, 2nd Edition, ISBN-13:  978-0070672598 ISBN-10:  00706725982nd Edition Destinos Workbook. Lessons 1-26

Summary: At least one year of Spanish is required for this class. SYLLABUS

Trigonometry w/ Dr. Suzie Schumaker

Required Text/Books: Saxon Trigonometry

Note: These materials follow a traditional scope and sequence covering the needed concepts and providing the needed skills development. 

Summary: Core concepts will be presented, reviewed and practice exercises provided. SYLLABUS

Two Trees w/ Fr. Joseph Huneycutt *FULL*

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: This course is designed to engage students in discovery/discussion on the passions and the virtues using a model of the two trees found in paradise (Gen 2:8-3). We will investigate the nature of seven deadly passions and the salvific nature of their opposites, the virtues. This is level two in our virtues and passions series. SYLLABUS

World History I w/ Dallas Shipp (8th & 9th grade combined)  (4PM and 2PM classes have openings)

Required Text/Books: Streams of Civilization by Hyma and Stanton, Oxford Atlas of the World (any edition)

Summary: World History/Geography I class focuses on the major developments of Western Civilization beginning at the Roman Empire and stretching through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The class will offer students a survey of history (from a Christian perspective) of who we are as a civilization, the major players in these societies, and a bit about the role of the Early Church in Europe's history. The three great medieval societies that emerged after Rome will be discussed, including the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic Empire, and the Holy Roman Empire. This class will be engaging and fun with a lot of great conversation! The goal of the class is to present the legacy of the Roman Republic and how Rome was just the beginning of the growth of the modern nation-state and Christian kingdoms of the Middle Ages. SYLLABUS