Online Academy

List of Subjects

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

Elementary School

 

Kindergarten Language Arts w/ Mrs Melissa Elizabeth Conover
Required Text/Books: The Good and the Beautiful Level Kindergarten
Summary: This is a full phonics program, packaged in a beautiful, engaging curriculum. The Good and the Beautiful has been praised for being friendly to first time homeschoolers~it is structured enough to assure that students will not miss any key concepts, while still being literature based and full of color and artistry. The course will explore phonics and reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, literature and art. One of our main goals will be to create a love of books~the written word, the printed page, and the accompanying beauty of well placed illustrations. 

Kindergarten Math w/ Mrs Melissa Elizabeth Conover
Required Text/Materials: The Good and the Beautiful Kindergarten
Summary: I chose this math curriculum for Kindergarten because I have some experience in a Montessori classroom, and while I don’t believe Montessori is necessarily the best learning environment for every student in every situation, I have grown to appreciate the hands-on, physical nature of learning that is so important for the young child. Math concepts can be quite abstract for a young child, and The Good and the Beautiful incorporates hands-on activities. It also utilizes games, in line with the Montessori philosophy that play is a child’s work. RIght now, this course can be downloaded from their website for $22 for each half of the course, $44 total. Otherwise, the course is $108. I would recommend it be printed with a color computer though, as part of the value of this course is its beautiful and rich design. The printed and prepackaged version is currently out of stock anyway. In the syllabus (coming soon) I will include links to some helpful items that can be inexpensively purchased and used with the course (plastic counting cubes, dice, a small measuring tape, etc.)

Kindergarten Science w/ Mrs Melissa Elizabeth Conover

Required Text/Materials: Abeka God’sWorld K-5 (Abeka Website, product number 99600; cost $16.05)

Summary: This course uses the natural curiosity of the young child as the foundation for learning about God’s world. Topics include subjects such as health, seeds, animals, the seashore, weather and seasons. Students will color pictures, complete dot to dot activities, and playing matching games. We will also do some supplemental activities related to the topics, like scavenger hunts and outdoor observation that we can talk about in class.

Kindergarten Social Studies w/ Mrs Melissa Elizabeth Conover

Required Text/Materials: Abeka -Social Studies K-5 Item #100889 on Abeka.com-$16.05

Summary: This text will be used as a framework with lots of supplemental fun activities to explore family, community, and various roles of community helpers. We will then explore government, early American history, and world cultures through learning about children all over the world. Cultural exploration specific to Orthodoxy will be introduced in various supplemental activities when we study world cultures...such as the art forms of pysanka eggs, Pascha traditions, Greek and Russian dance, etc

Kindergarten Storytime (Christian Ed) w/ Julia Shaheen

Required Text/Materials: None

Summary: This class includes grades Kindergarten to 2nd. Mrs. Shaheen will take the children through various spiritual stories for edification and entertainment. Mrs. Shaheen will draw on many years of youth ministry and her training in the youth ministry concentration of the St. Stephen's Certificate Program.

 

1st/2nd Combined Language Arts w/ Mrs Melissa Elizabeth Conover
Required Text/Books: The Good and the Beautiful Level 1 (first half) and Level 2 (after January)
Summary: Level 1 builds on the strong phonics foundations of the K Level Text. This is an easy to use curriculum that engages students with colorful and varied activities, while promoting mastery of phonics, reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation. The curriculum uses literature and art as the foundation and stimulus for knowledge. It is structured and ordered without being dull, and leaves plenty of room for expansion. Since the levels are not synonymous with public school grade levels but are more advanced, we will begin our class with Level 1 and pace according the students abilities as they develop.

1st/2nd Combined Math w/ Mrs Melissa Elizabeth Conover
Required Text/Materials: Math Mammoth Level 1 with the possibility of Level 2 in Jan
Summary: In Math Mammoth Level 1 students learn addition and subtraction of single digit numbers, the connection between addition and subtraction, introduction to graphs, two digit numbers and place value from 0 to 100, clock and calendar, shapes and measuring, addition and subtraction up to 100, and counting coins. Math Mammoth Level 2 begins with review of Math Mammoth Level 1, covering all of the same skills as Level 1, with the introduction in the second half of the year of three digit numbers, regrouping in addition and subtraction, and finally, introduction to multiplication. All parents should initially be on the mark with purchasing Level 1; even a student who is solidly on the second grade level will be challenged with the Grade 1-B Worktext. I would suggest that any parent who registers their child for this class have their child take the free online Math Mammoth pretest. This will give you a good idea of your child’s current ability level. There is much review built into the second grade text, with the only new concepts in the second half of the year. Once we have enrollment solidified, we can make sure each student can master the skills and stay challenged. The cost of the complete Level 1 curriculum is $37.50.

1st/2nd Combined Science w/ Mrs Melissa Elizabeth Conover

Required Text/Materials: Indescribable-100 Devotions About God and Science by Louie Giglio ISBN: 0718086104

Summary: This text shows that God’ glory is displayed in the wonders of His creation. Through Scripture passages, stories, practical application and fascinating science, students will see our Lord Jesus Christ in the order and majesty of the universe. Topics include dinosaurs, space, molecules, geology and fossils, our amazing bodies and more. This text may be supplemented with some fun activities that students can do outside and share their experiences in class. The cost for this book is approximately $10.

1st/2nd Combined Social Studies w/ Mrs Melissa Elizabeth Conover

Required Text/Materials: Abeka- My America and My World Item# 197599 on Abeka.com-$17.60

Summary: This text will be used in combination with supplemental activities to study foundational elements of American government and history, in addition to world cultures and geography. This is Grade 1 text, however, Abeka is known as an advanced curriculum, and will be challenging and engaging for both first and second grade students. There will be supplemental mapping activities so that students can better understand where they live in perspective to the rest of the country. We will discuss the states and communities of each of our students, as well as touch on the countries of the students’ origins.

1st/2nd Storytime (Christian Ed) w/ Julia Shaheen

Required Text: None

Summary: This class includes grades Kindergarten to 2nd. Mrs. Shaheen will take the children through various spiritual stories for edification and entertainment. Mrs. Shaheen will draw on many years of youth ministry and her training in the youth ministry concentration of the St. Stephen's Certificate Program.

3rd Grade Language Arts w/ Sh. Angela Weaver

Required Text/Books: The Good and The Beautiful Level 3
Summary: In this course, we will learn many great things about reading, writing, geography, art, grammar, vocabulary, and

spelling. We will find joy as we learn and connect these subjects with meaning, beauty, and truth. The point of this course is not just to learn about the subjects taught, but to learn to care about them - to feel gratitude for how they bless our lives and then to use our knowledge to do good. SYLLABUS

3rd Grade Math w/ Sh. Angela Weaver

Required Text/Books: ●    Math Mammoth Grade 3 complete curriculum – Link: https://www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_3.php
Parents will need to purchase the full version, which includes two worktexts, answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak. The complete digital version is just $37.50, but there are other buying options, including already printed and spiral bound books. 

Summary: Third grade is a time for learning and mastering two (mostly new) operations: multiplication and division within 100. The student also deepens his understanding of addition and subtraction, and uses those in many different contexts, such as with money, time, and geometry. SYLLABUS

3rd/4th Grade Combined Science w/ Sh. Angela Weaver

Required Text Pagoo by Holling C. Holling; ISBN: 978-0-395-53964-4
Summary: In this class, we will be learning all about the ocean and all its beauty while we read through Holling C. Hollings book, Pagoo. A wonderful book about a hermit crab and his life. We will use printable pages and a notebook to record our journey through the book. I will include a few hands-on activities for the children to do on the non-class days. I will demonstrate the activities while having class, if necessary. SYLLABUS

3rd/4th Grade Combined Social Studies w/ Sh. Angela Weaver

Required Text/Books: If you can pick up the following books used or you can check them out from the library, that is great. If you cannot afford these books, that is okay, too, the curriculum I have planned will still work if families cannot afford to purchase these books. We will not need them all at once and I have added them here in the order we will be using them. It may be easier to buy them one at a time instead of all at once. Also, Beautiful Feet Books, https://www.bfbooks.com/, often has these books on sale. The books are by Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire. Leif the Lucky - ISBN: 9780964380301 Columbus - ISBN: 9780964380332 Benjamin Franklin - ISBN: 9780964380394 George Washington - ISBN: 9780964380318
Summary: In this course, we will study early American history, beginning with the first explorers to discover this continent. I will also include art and music studies from the same time periods. We will also have country studies each month, beginning with countries that helped settle our own country. SYLLABUS

3rd/4th Grade Combined Bible Stories w/ Lawrence Conover

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible
Summary: Mr. Conover will share major stories from the Bible.

4th Grade Language Arts w/ Kristen Vlahos

Required Text/Books: The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck, Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop, The Good and The Beautiful Level 4 Language Arts Course Set (Parents may choose to purchase hard copy resources or download the free PDF copy. Available at www.goodandbeautiful.com), Personal reading books - one per week (chosen from a preselected list or list of your choosing). We recommend accessing books through your local library.
Summary: The Level 4 Language Arts course will follow The Good and The Beautiful curriculum, emphasizing God, family, nature, and high moral character. Students will develop fundamental skills in language arts through engaging lessons that integrate literature and writing with art and geography. Students will improve reading skills through exposure to high-quality and wholesome literature and will develop strong composition skills through structured writing assignments. This course will cultivate a love of learning and incorporate personal reading of poetry, fiction, historical fiction, biography, and nonfiction. SYLLABUS

4th Grade Math w/ Lawrence Conover

Required Text/Books: Grade 4 Arithmetic Child Kit (unbound) 

https://www.abeka.com/ABekaOnline/BookDescription.aspx?sbn=373869&childSbn=370339

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.

5th Grade Language Arts w/ Kristen Vlahos

Required Text/Books: The Good and The Beautiful Level 5 Language Arts Course Set (Parents may choose to purchase hard copy resources or download the free PDF copy. Available on www.goodandbeautiful.com.), Personal reading books - one per week (chosen from a preselected list or list of your choosing). We recommend accessing books through your local library.
Summary:  The Level 5 Language Arts course will follow The Good and The Beautiful curriculum, emphasizing God, family, nature, and high moral character. Students will develop fundamental skills in language arts through engaging lessons that integrate literature and writing with art and geography. Students will improve reading skills through exposure to high-quality and wholesome literature and will develop strong composition skills through structured writing assignments. This course will cultivate a love of learning and incorporate personal reading of poetry, fiction, historical fiction, biography, and nonfiction. SYLLABUS

5th Grade Math w/ Lawrence Conover

Required Text/Books: Grade 5 Arithmetic Child Kit

https://www.abeka.com/abekaonline/bookdescription.aspx?sbn=373877

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.

5th Grade Science w/ Mrs Melissa Elizabeth Conover
Required Text/Materials: Science in the Beginning by Dr Jay Wile, Berean Builders Publishing. Available on Christianbook.com for $39; Stock #WW042406
Summary: Dr Jay Wile, long beloved and revered by homeschool parents for his beautiful and in depth Apologia Series high school science texts, has partnered with Berean Builders to create this wonderful elementary series, of which Science in the Beginning is the first. The text introduces
scientific concepts in the context of history. The days of creation are used to introduce concepts such as light, energy conservation, air and water, botany, the solar system, zoology, and aspects of human anatomy and physiology. Each lesson begins with a hands on activity, and the book definitely inspires wonder at the magnificence and complexity of creation.

5th Grade Social Studies w/ Nicholas Hartmann

Required Text/Books: Cornerstones of Freedom (Third Series): Ellis Island. ISBN: 9780531265567, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. ISBN: 9780545447850, One Good Thing About America by Ruth Freeman. ISBN: 9780823442669

Summary: This class will teach students about social studies concepts as they relate to American history, immigration, and culture. Students will come out of the class with a stronger understanding of the role of immigration in American life, as well as hone their skills in doing research, interviewing, and observing their communities. SYLLABUS

5th Grade Bible Stories w/ Lawrence Conover

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible

Summary: TBA

 

Middle School 

English 6-8 w/ Lindsey Birdsall

Required Text/Books: TBA

Summary: In this course, students are introduced to lots of great stories: 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. Writing assignments can be adapted for the needs of each student. They will include summaries, a personal narrative, a fictional story, and a compare/contrast essay. Students enrolling in this course can benefit from the option of having a weekly, one-on-one writing conference with their teacher. SYLLABUS

Introduction to Theatre w/ Isabella Lash ​*SPRING SEMESTER ONLY*

Required Text/Books: None, will be supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will develop creativity, expression, analytical skills, and acting technique through film analysis, acting exercises, and the study of human behavior. They will be given tools for script analyses through the study of scenes and theatre texts. The practice of foundational acting technique will be taught and implemented through monologue and scene work. Students will study theatre terminology, voice, movement, acting do’s and don’t’s, and more. SYLLABUS

Lives of the Saints w/ Fr. Michael Heningham

Required Text/Books: None, will be 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. SYLLABUS

Math 7/6 w/ Kelly DeGrassie

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

New Testament A Cohort w/ Fr. Joel Gillam *THIS CLASS IS FULL*

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible

Summary: For the 2020-2021 school years, students will study Acts through Revelation.

New Testament B Cohort w/ Fr. Raphael Barberg *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.

New Testament C Cohort w/ Fr. Alex Mackoul

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/ Kelly DeGrassie

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 w/ Melissa Elizabeth Conover

Required Text/Books: The Good and the Beautiful Marine Biology; this unit normally sells for $27.99 but it is currently out of stock,so they are offering a FREE download of the entire course.

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 vertibrates, marine reptiles, birds and mammals, and ocean exploration.

Science 7th Grade w/ Melissa Elizabeth Conover

Required Text/Books: The Good and the Beautiful Marine Biology; this unit normally sells for $27.99 but it is currently out of stock,so they are offering a FREE download of the entire course.

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 vertibrates, marine reptiles, birds and mammals, and ocean exploration. Extra resources are available for students looking for more of a challenge.

Science 8th Grade w/ Melissa Elizabeth Conover

Required Text/Books: Abeka -Science: Earth and Space -Revised; This is a brand new edition, cost is $39.50 on Abeka.com, Product #318604

Summary: Topics include geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy and environmental science. Students will learn the principles of the scientific method and develop strong scientific reasoning skills. This curriculum is also deeply Christian and approaches science from the perspective of intelligent design by a Master Creator.

Social Studies 6th/7th Grade w/ Kh. Corey Telschow

Required Text/Books: Story of the World Volume 1 & The Pharaohs of Egypt

Summary: This course will focus on the early history of the Ancient Near East until the rise of Rome. The class will study the early civilizations that centered on the Fertile Crescent through exploring why and how we study history. Civilizations such as the Sumerians, Egyptians, Hebrews, Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks, Romans, and various other people groups. The students will study dates, prominent individuals, significant events, and each culture's way of life. Students will compare the ancient cultural societies to our own today, seeking to learn from their mistakes and to be challenged by their great examples.  SYLLABUS 1    SYLLABUS 2

Virtues & Passions w/ Fr. Paul Girgis

Required Text/Books: None, will be 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. SYLLABUS

World History 1 8th/9th w/ Kh. Corey Telschow (8th & 9th grade combined)

Summary: This class is for 8th and 9th grade. World History/Geography I will concentrate on the major developments of Western Civilization during the Roman Empire through the end of the Middle Ages. In addition to examining the fall of Rome and the rise of Christianity, it studies the three great Medieval societies that emerged from Rome's ashes: the Byzantine, the Islamic Principalities, and the Holy Roman Empire. It looks at how each of these empires interacted with each other and dealt with their own internal issues. The goal of the class is to bridge the gap between the Roman Republic and the Renaissance and give students an understanding of how developments during the supposed “dark ages” affect their lives today. All of the topics will be presented according to an Orthodox Christian worldview. SYLLABUS 1    SYLLABUS 2

 

High School 

 

9th & 10th Grade English w/ Sueanna Keim Alter

Required Text/Books: TBA

Summary:  In this course, students encounter an interesting variety of literature: both classic and modern, comedies and tragedies, poetry, and even a film adaptation of a book. Students will review the basic elements of good storytelling, and they will become proficient at recognizing and commenting upon how these elements function in great works of literature. Class discussions will take place from a foundation of Christian values, as we explore how writers and characters can reflect, or fail to reflect, the wisdom which is revealed to us through the Orthodox Christian faith. Writing assignments can be adapted for the needs of each student. Throughout the course of both semesters, we will write some short summaries, a few kinds of essays, and a creative piece. Students enrolling in this course can benefit from the option of having a weekly, one-on-one writing conference with their teacher. SYLLABUS

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

Required Text/Books: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger. Chief Modern Poets of Britain and America Vol. 1, Poets of Britain by Sanders, Nelson, and Rosenthal.

Summary:  Students will read a novel and short stories with special attention to themes. They will discuss aspects of the work and write short essays. Students will also read selected poetry, once again with attention to recurring themes. They will answer questions with short essays. 

Algebra 1 w/ Fr. James Hamrick

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 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 II w/ Lawrence Conover

Required Text/Books: Algebra 2 Student Kit https://www.abeka.com/abekaonline/bookdescription.aspx?sbn=376078

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.

American Civics & Economics w/ Dn. Basil Hinkle
Required Text/Books: None, will be supplied by the teacher.
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 & NonFederalist 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: None, will be 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 apolitcal 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 which 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, fulfilments, 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
required class for graduation. SYLLABUS

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. SYLLABUS

Biblical Greek (Koine) Level 2 w/ Brian Ashland

Required Text/Books: TBA
Summary:  A continuation in the language of the New Testament, the language of the Gospels and Epistles, as well as the Septuagint. SYLLABUS

Biology w/ Michael Pagani

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. SYLLABUS

Compelling Conversations w/ Dn. Adam Roberts

Required Text/Books: None, will be supplied by the teacher.
Summary:
  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.

French Level 1 w/ Brooke Chapman

Required Text/Books: Invitation au monde francophone, 2nd edition 2005 by Gilbert A. Jarvis, Therese M. Bonin, Diane W. Birckbichler, and Anne Lair (ed). (This text will cover both Level 1 and Level 2 French).
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. Students will be encouraged to attend a weekly one-on-one session with the instructor for guided pronunciation, speaking, and writing help. SYLLABUS

Geometry w/ Lawrence Conover

Required Text/Books: Geometry Student Kit

https://www.abeka.com/abekaonline/bookdescription.aspx?sbn=376167

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.

Health and Wellness w/ Michael Pagani *SPRING SEMESTER ONLY*

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 noninfectious disease. 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. SYLLABUS

Introduction to Theatre w/ Isabella Lash ​*SPRING SEMESTER ONLY*

Required Text/Books: None, will be supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will develop creativity, expression, analytical skills, and acting technique through film analysis, acting exercises, and the study of human behavior. They will be given tools for script analyses through the study of scenes and theatre texts. The practice of foundational acting technique will be taught and implemented through monologue and scene work. Students will study theatre terminology, voice, movement, acting do’s and don’t’s, and more. SYLLABUS

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives w/ Lawrence Conover on Wednesdays

Required Text/Books: None, will be 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. SYLLABUS

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives w/ Fr. Paul Girgis on Fridays

Required Text/Books: None, will be 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. SYLLABUS

Personal Finance w/ Brooke Chapman *SPRING SEMESTER ONLY*

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. SYLLABUS

Spanish 1 w/ Fr. Seraphim Torres (1 PM PAC)

Required Text/Books: TBA

Summary: Being from Argentina, Fr. Seraphim is excited to take the students through his native language. This class is designed to help the student learn the fundamental elements of Spanish. No prior learning in Spanish is necessary.

Spanish 1 w/ Rachel Miltner (8 AM PAC)

Required Text/Books: TBA

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

Trigonometry (with Analytical Geometry and Precalculus) w/ Lawrence Conover

Required Text/Books:  | Precalculus Student Kit

https://www.abeka.com/abekaonline/bookdescription.aspx?sbn=376256

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.

Virtues & Passions w/ Fr. Paul Girgis

Required Text/Books: None, will be 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. SYLLABUS

World History I w/ Kh. Corey Telschow (8th & 9th grade combined)

Summary: World History/Geography I will concentrate on the major developments of Western Civilization during the Roman Empire through the end of the Middle Ages. In addition to examining the fall of Rome and the rise of Christianity, it studies the three great Medieval societies that emerged from Rome's ashes: the Byzantine, the Islamic Principalities, and the Holy Roman Empire. It looks at how each of these
empires interacted with each other and dealt with their own internal issues. The goal of the class is to bridge the gap between the Roman Republic and the Renaissance and give students an understanding of how developments during the supposed “dark ages” affect their lives today. All of the topics will be presented according to an Orthodox Christian worldview. SYLLABUS-1    SYLLABUS-2

World History II w/ Brooke Chapman

Summary: In World History, students will review the basic movements, concepts, theologies, forms of governance, wars, and cultures that have shaped the world as we know it today. Students, together with the teacher, will engage in conversation as they traverse the four main eras of history: prehistory, the ancient world, the middle ages, and modern day. There will be a special focus on the Byzantine Empire and how Orthodoxy fits into history. SYLLABUS

 

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