The middle school program will operate on a two-year rotating cycle, combining both 7th and 8th grade students for core classes including: Theology, English, Science and History. Students will attend the math and foreign language classes, as are appropriate for their academic pathway and aligns with the pre-requisites they have completed.
The middle school program was developed to be a comprehensive program that will cover the important aspects of literary analysis, grammar, poetry and prose, while also bringing in an understanding of history and geography throughout the modern era. The students will alternate studies of Life Science and Physical Science, to complete their middle school academics with a stronger knowledge of both the physical, biological and chemical world.
This course will focus on the foundations of literary studies and analysis. Through the use of a series of classic works of literature, students will gain a deeper understanding of literary styles, techniques and composition. In bringing together a dynamic curriculum with emphasis on group discussions and written analysis, students will broaden their knowledge and view of good literature.
In addition to literary analysis, students will work on grammatical studies and vocabulary expansion.
In our American Literature class we will cover essays, short stories, novels, and poetry. The reading list hasn't been finalized but may include works from Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Willa Cather, Flannery O'Connor, Hemingway, Longfellow, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and others.
Through this survey of world literature students will gain a greater understanding of the foundations of Western literature and culture. We will begin with Greek mythology and work our way through texts by Homer, Sophocles, Virgil, selections from the Old and New Testaments, St. Augustine, Dante, and Cervantes. The course will also include lessons on grammar, vocabulary, and composition and will feature class discussion, quizzes, tests, and writing assignments.
This course will use the Seton Curriculum for British Literature: Below is a course description from Seton Home Study.
“This is a survey course of British literature that covers the great works of the British literary tradition. Using a Catholic British literature anthology, students study the chronology of poetry and prose from the author of Beowulf to Chesterton. The works are carefully studied, encouraging textually based interpretation that captures the insights of the great British authors.
The textbook begins with the literature of the early Anglo-Saxon period and continues with the Medieval, Renaissance, and Elizabethan periods. The poetry of Donne, Milton, and Gray are studied, followed by poetry from both the Romantic and Victorian era. The anthology concludes with selections from the Catholic literary revival in England, including works by Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Hilaire Belloc. In addition to the textbook, students read longer works from authors such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and T.S. Eliot. The lesson plans provide analytical questions and discussions.”
WORLD GEOGRAPHY AND CULTURE
This course provides the students with an engaging and dynamic journey across our beautiful planet. Students will learn the political and geographical history of each continent, along with major landmarks, topography and architecture. In addition, students will dive into the culture and religion of the various regions of each part of our beautiful world.
This survey course on Western world history begins with Abraham our Father in Faith and travels through the epochs and eras that culminate at the end of the twentieth century. This is a must-have class to help fully inform students on the role our Catholic Church has had on history. The student will master note-taking and how to absorb and retain only the important information given in lectured and written material.
This course will explore the history of America from the earliest explorers to the modern era. Students will draw their knowledge from the study of primary documents, speeches and journalistic media, in addition to selected core readings. Throughout this course students will improve their ability to answer complex questions and formulate their own detailed arguments based on historical data. The course will also focus on important contributions and developments of Catholicism in American culture and notable Catholic Americans.
The goal of this course is to teach students how Sacred Scripture is the foundation for understanding the Catholic faith. Along with the Holy Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we will use a textbook written by Dr. Scott Hahn.
From the Midwest Theological Forum "This text examines Divine Revelation, presenting Sacred Scripture as the inspired Word of God unveiled gradually throughout the history of salvation. It examines how the Magisterium of the Church transmits the Deposit of Faith infallibly and how our understanding of God's Revelation leads us to a more intimate relationship with the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity in this life and to eternal life in Heaven. It also explains how to read the Bible, emphasizing how the New Testament in Christ fulfills the covenants and promises that God made with his people in the Old Testament."
SACRAMENTS & APOLOGETICS
This one-year course will cover Sacraments the first semester and Apologetics the second semester using Fr. Laux’s texts. Mass and the Sacraments covers The Mass, each of the sacraments, indulgences and sacramentals. Catholic Apologetics offers the student clear and convincing explanations of why we believe what we believe as Catholics, touching on such topics as the existence of God, Divine Revelation, the divinity of Christ and the founding of the Church.
CATHOLIC DOCTRINE: FAITH AND MORALS
The purpose of this class is to lay a solid foundation of knowledge of the Catholic Faith and of what our conduct must be if we are to grow in holiness. We will cover will and intellect, the Blessed Trinity, creation, angels, original sin, our redemption through Christ, the mystery of suffering, the Blessed Virgin Mary, actual and sanctifying grace, heaven, hell, and purgatory, the sources of Faith, our duties toward God, ourselves, and our neighbors, the elements of a moral act, conscience, temptation, virtue, etc. The class will feature quizzes, tests, short writing assignments, and plenty of discussion. More information on specific texts will be posted soon.
This course aims to prepare the senior student for life in the modern world.
Topics include the theology of the Trinity, the Incarnation, Redemption, Catholic philosophy about government, war and peace, and marriage and family issues such as contraception, abortion, and euthanasia.
This course in intended to prepare students for higher levels of mathermatics. Students will be introduced to and further explore negative numbers, order of operations and solving for the unknowns, among other topics. Students will become fluent in understand calculations with negative numbers, working with exponents, place value, evaluating radicals and identifying the least common multiple and greatest common factor. In addition, the course will further explore common mathematical principals including the use of the Pythagorean Theorem, computing surface are and volume, converting temperature between Celsius and Fahrenheit and adding an multiplying polynomials, among other topics.
In this course students will gain a greater understanding of graphing, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, unit multipliers and more. This course will have a strong emphasis on graphing and describing linear equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations, expanding the students understanding of exponents and solving basic quadratic equations. In addition, this course will further provide a deeper knowledge of the properties of arithmetic functions to algebra, working with polynomials, converting between base 10 and other bases and graphing conic sections, among other topics.
This Geometry course has three main areas of emphasis: the vocabulary of geometry, practical applications of geometry, and traditional geometry, including proofs. Topics include lines, angles, area, perimeter, volume, Pythagorean theorem, axioms and postulates, congruency, and similarity. An introduction to trigonometric functions is also included.
The Algebra II course will expand further on concepts learned in Algebra 1 as well as cover such topics as advanced factoring, imaginary and complex numbers, the binomial theorem, the quadratic formula and motion problems. Graphing conic sections and solving systems of equations will be included as well as the introduction of vectors. There will be daily assignments and unit tests.
Following the Math-U-See curriculum, this year-long course will cover
the Mathematics concepts that will help prepare students for the
Calculus course and beyond. Major Topics include understanding the
unit circle and trigonometric ratios, their reciprocals, and inverses;
working with trigonometric expressions and identities; graphing and
analyzing trigonometric functions; working with arithmetic and
geometric sequences and series; understanding polar coordinates,
radian measure, and vectors; understanding and working with
exponential and logarithmic functions (including Eulerʼs number and
natural logarithms); continuing with absolute value and radical
equations and inequalities; and providing an introduction to limits and
Following the Math-U-See curriculum, this year-long course will cover the same material as an initial one- or two-semester calculus course in many colleges. Major topics will include limits, continuity, differentiation and its rules, integration, and exponential and logarithmic functions. As time permits, other important topics not in the basic curriculum may also be covered, such as series, summations, and an introduction to mathematical logic/proofs.
Textbook: Math-U-See Calculus Student Pack
From earthquakes and volcanoes to clouds and galaxies, show your child the features of God’s Creation here on earth as well as the Great Beyond with Science: Earth and Space! We will be using the Abeka Earth and Space Science textbook. This course guides your student through a study of geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and environmental science. A thorough study of rocks, soil, and fossils will give your student a solid foundation in the study of our Earth. This class will include homework assignments from the companion activity book, several graded projects and periodic quizzes.
Text Book AND Activity Book for A Beka Earth and Space Science
This class has a supply fee of $20 which is payable on the first day of class
BIOLOGY WITH LAB
Church teaching and the wonder of God’s Creation are emphasized in this high school Biology with Lab course. The engaging and unique pedagogy begins with Botany, capturing the students’ interest with an in-depth study of the familiar, and ending with the awe-inspiring wonder of the last unit, Cytology. Dissections and microscope work will be completed throughout the year, along with other hands-on activities to increase understanding and aid retention of the material.
The A Beka Biology materials are used in this course. It is written from a literalist Protestant point of view. A section written from a Protestant view of the Reformation is omitted (and/or corrected). Evolution/Creation is taught according to Church teaching, and the students read Humani Generis, the encyclical on evolution. This beautifully-written pro-life book gives credit to our Creator throughout. In the Human Anatomy & Physiology unit, students are reminded that we are made in God’s image, and that we are different from other creatures by virtue of our immortal souls. This textbook lays the groundwork for the students to understand the teachings of Humani Vitae when they encounter it later in their lives.
There is one section of Biology. It meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Optionally, parents and students will be guided through the process of enrolling with and completing this course through Seton Home Study School (SHSS). SHSS requires eighteen hours of lab work to denote “with Lab” on the transcript; at least eighteen hours will be provided in this class, including dissections and microscope work.
This class has a supply fee of $80 which is payable to the instructor on the first day of classes. Microscope, dissection kit, lab safety glasses, and lab apron are provided.
Books: Biology: God’s Living Creation, 4th edition only, A Beka Books, plus the accompanying answer key, lab manual, quiz book, test book.
CHEMISTRY WITH LAB
Hands-on learning is emphasized in this high school Chemistry with Lab course. All typical high school-level Chemistry topics will be presented, and many typical labs will be completed.
There is one section of Chemistry. It meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Optionally, parents and students will be guided through the process of enrolling with and completing this course through Seton Home Study School (SHSS). SHSS requires eighteen hours of lab work to denote “with Lab” on the transcript; at least eighteen hours will be provided in this class. Lab safety goggles and aprons will be provided.
This class has a supply fee of $40 which is payable to instructor on the first day of classes.
Books: Chemistry: Precision and Design, 3rd edition only, A Beka Books, plus the accompanying answer key, lab manual, quiz book, test book. Additionally, Chemistry: 100+ Series (Carson-Dellosa).
This year-long course, designed to teach students about the workings of the physical world and how to explain, describe, and predict the same using mathematics, will cover kinematics, force, momentum, energy, gravitation, periodic motion, electricity, basic circuitry, magnetism, and electromagnetic interaction. As time permits, we may also discuss additional topics in wave mechanics, optics, sound, material science, and modern physics. This course will include occasional laboratory experiments, graded largely in terms of clarity of communication in lab reports.
A CLASSICAL APPROACH TO WRITING AND RHETORIC
In this class, we will be employing the award winning series Writing & Rhetoric, specifically Book 9: Description & Impersonation. Using the progymnasmata of classical Greek education, this series embodies a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric. In this one semester program, students will be writing well-crafted descriptive and expository compositions. The first part, description, emphasizes the use of vivid language to describe people, nature, and processes. The second part, impersonation, introduces the modes of persuasion as a means of imitating the writing style and outlook of four famous individuals: journalist Nellie Bly, writer Henry Williamson, athlete Jesse Owens, and statesman Winston Churchill. In these compositions, students will be making use of a range of writing skills, including the ability to inform, to describe, to narrate, and to analyze. Students will also work on delivery in public speaking—volume, pacing, and inflection.
SPANISH CONVERSATION AND CULTURE
This will be an active class, and the students will be encouraged to speak in Spanish.
The block will be divided into two.
The first half of the class will focus on conversation: We will be reviewing/learning vocabulary used in everyday circumstances and learning simple sentences and greetings. We will visit the restaurant, the store, ask for directions, and have simple table conversation.
The second half of the class will focus on Culture: We will visit Spanish speaking countries to learn about their history, geography, and culture. We will try new foods and ingredients, learn some dance moves, and make some art.
In this class, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of theatre arts. This course is designed as an exploration of theatre and all of its elements, and is customized for both the inexperienced and experienced actor. Students will write and perform original monologues and plays, learn and develop improvisational skills, and perform in scenes and short plays. The material used ranges from ancient Greek theatre and Shakespeare to more contemporary works. Through theatre games and activities, students will learn and use drama and theatre vocabulary in class discussions. A history of theatre timeline will be presented to establish historical perspective and relevance. Students will exhibit and reinforce their skills through individual and group presentations, performances, and script and journal writing.
While there will be an emphasis on acting, students will also have an interactive and practical chance to experience directing and design. Students will work collaboratively to produce a performance in both semesters, learning to understand and follow stage directions at the same time. Additionally, we hope to give students opportunities to see professional shows and meet professionals in the theatrical field.
Representative units of study will include improvisation, mime, basic acting, the history of the theater, musical theater, stage settings, costuming, make-up, and lighting. The students in this class will get a well-rounded dramatic arts education through academic study and hands-on application of knowledge and skills.
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