Online Homeschool Classes

List of Subjects

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

Elementary School

 

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

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

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.

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.   

New Testament A 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 w/ Fr. Raphael Barberg

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible

Summary: For the 2020-2021 school years, students will study the four gospels.

Pre-Algebra w/ TBA

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 1/2

Summary: Preparing students for Algebra 1.

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.

High School 

 

9th & 10th Grade English w/ Lindsey Birdsall

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.

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: The teacher will cover the appropriate amount of Algebra 1 to prepare the student for Geometry.

American Civics w/ Dn. Vasily 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.

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

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: TBA
Summary: TBA

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives w/ Fr. Paul Girgis

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.

Personal Finance w/ Brooke Chapman

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

Summary: Personal Finance is a graduation requirement for many high schoolers throughout the United States. 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 class for graduation.

U.S 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.

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.

World History w/ Brooke Chapman

Required Text/Books: TBA

Summary: TBA

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