Courses (7–12)

2020–21 Middle School Courses

HistoryLearning Coach: Mr. Haymond. In this course, students will learn about the foundations and principles of “His” Story (history) and complete these units: the Primitive Church, the Great Apostasy, the Imperial Church; Preparation for the Reformation, Martin Luther and the German Reformation, the English Reformation, American Christianity, and the Restoration. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics through term projects and papers, oral presentations, written and oral exams, worksheets, map making, group presentations, displaying talents, and class discussions. (1 credit)

Language ArtsLearning Coach: Mr. Haymond. Scriptural foundations and principles, as well as the study of the history of the English language will be the core of studies. The students will study prosody by reviewing versification and figures of speech and through poetry. In the study of etymology, they will review the basics and emphasize word analysis. Syntax, or grammar, studies will build upon sentence analysis and diagramming of complex sentences. Composition will address creating essays, short stories, poetry, letters, dramatic dialogue, and so on. Students will complete a variety of word studies. (1 credit)

LiteratureLearning Coach: Mr. Haymond. In this course, students will learn about literature influenced by Christianity’s westward movement. All studies will be founded in the governing principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Study materials will be taken from these genre: novel, biography, autobiography, short story, poetry, essay, letter, sermon, speech, and scripture. Specific works: Exiled, A Christmas Carol, Luke 2, short stories, poetry, A Single Shard, Founding Fathers: Uncommon Heroes, and Stories from the Life of Joseph Smith. Students will also chose to study one of the following: The Witch of Blackbird Pond, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All students will also read a Master Project literature piece and complete a Master Project, which involves creating an extensive notebook and delivering an oral presentation. (1 credit)

Computer ScienceLearning Coach: Mr. Hill. Computer Science Discoveries, an introductory course by Code.org, empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Students will learn problem solving and computing, web development, animations and games, the design process, data and society, and physical computing. (1 credit)

ScienceLearning Coach: Mr. Clark. In this course students will survey several scientific disciplines, learning to apply the scientific method and to see the hand of God in all His creations. Units include an introduction to physics, the cell system, the human body systems, reproduction and growth, genetic variation, geology, ecosystems, and distribution of natural resources. Students will participate in hands-on experiments, in-depth scientific topics , formative assessments, and other engaging learning experiences. (1 credit)

MathematicsLearning Coach: Mrs. Larsen. Students will complete one year of Saxon Math on their particular level: Math 8/7, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, or Algebra 2. Students should plan to complete one math lesson each weekday, one test per week, and end-of-term exams. Students may progress ahead of schedule to complete their math course. (1 credit)

Master ProjectLearning Coach: Mr. Haymond.  In this transformative experience, or hero-journey course, students will choose to study the life of a person who emulated the character of Jesus Christ and moved the cause of Christ forward in the world. Students read biographies, complete word studies, record timeline events, create an extensive Master Project notebook, and prepare an oral presentation to celebrate the life and work of their hero. (1 credit)

2020–21 High School Courses

History (Contemporary to Modern)Learning Coach: Mrs. Merrill. In this course, students will delve into the histories of various nations and events in order to understand their complexities and principles. We will also see how the hand of God has shaped human history. Units: Foundations; Exploration and Exchange; New Ideas, Discovery, Conquest and Trade; European Imperialism; Rebellion and Revolution; Industrialism; Communism and Capitalism; War and Conflict; the New World Order; Terrorism and a New Age; Technology and Ideology. (1 credit)

EnglishLearning Coaches: Mrs. Parker (MWF), Mrs. Pugliano (TTh). Students will practice evidence-based literary interpretation to explore the central themes and messages of great works of world English literature. They will identify true principles that are personally significant. Students will use literature as a mirror for personal reflection and as a portal to empathic understanding of the worldviews and experiences of others. If through their study of history, students gain a knowledge of how to build the Kingdom of God, then through their study of literature, students will develop the heart to do so. In advising a troop of actors, Hamlet states that the purpose of acting is “to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.” This argument can be generalized to literature, for great literature enables readers to see themselves more clearly. It allows them to polish the “dark glass” of self-deception that distorts their ability to engage in true and joyful relationships. Indeed, literature is liberating, but not, perhaps, in the sense that word is invoked in our modern world. Literature does not liberate us in the sense of opening our eyes to relativistic definitions of truth, morality, and beauty. It brings into focus the bondage we must escape and the bonds we must take up to enjoy true liberty. Through various works of literature, students will recognize the bondage in which we, often unwittingly, find ourselves entangled, and the bonds to which we can willingly submit, which will enable us to give and receive love. To this end, students will develop careful analytic skills in both reading and writing about literature. Texts: Hamlet, Les Misérables, Pride and Prejudice, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Enoch Letters, various poems, short stories, and a student-chosen novel approved by the instructor. (1 credit)

Written PortfolioLearning Coach: Mrs. Starley. In this course, students will come to experience writing as a relational activity. Not one done in isolation, but a process used to build the kinds of relationships they care about—with their friends, family, college admission boards, future employers, and even their Heavenly Father. Students will explore key thematic questions: How can I as a writer argue more truthfully while respecting the agency of readers? How can I be persuasive but not manipulative? How can I balance humility and confidence in my approach to written argumentation? Students will focus on the value of writing in various forms and the critical thinking required to analyze the author’s intent, purpose, audience, tone, and so on. The students will use those same skills in both academic and creative writing. They will also practice writing in a variety of genres and for a variety of purposes and readers—emails, argumentative essays, literary analysis essays, poetry, short stories, research papers, résumés, summaries, tributes, and so on. They will experience writing as a process of revision and empathic anticipation, and they will become more sensitive to the elements of language that enhance communication—voice, word choice, sentence structure, organization, and conventions. The course is organized principally as a writers’ workshop. (1 credit)

ChemistryLearning Coach: Mr. Adams. (Prerequisite: Algebra 1/2.) In this course, students will learn about the elements, interactions of the elements, chemical equations, and properties of chemical reactions. The will engage in lectures, hands-on experiments and labs, assessments, and student-created reports and projects. Students will explore certain key thematic questions. What models can help us understand the composition, properties, and interactions of matter? How can scientific skills and principles improve our lives? Besides discussions on their learning, students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics by creating a student notebook, an experiment lab book, and word studies. (1 credit)

MathematicsLearning Coach: Mrs. Larsen. Students will complete one year of Saxon Math on their particular level: Math 8/7, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, or Algebra 2. Students should plan to complete one math lesson each weekday, one test per week, and end-of-term exams. Students may progress ahead of schedule to complete their math course. (1 credit)

HealthLearning Coach: Mrs. Buer. Students will learn and apply principles, techniques, and strategies to understand their own bodies and how to improve their physical and emotional health. (1 credit)

Reasoning through Classical MathematicsLearning Coach: Mrs. Melecio. In this unique learning experience, students will learn how to reason in a logical, disciplined way through the study of classical mathematics. Students will read the first four books of Euclid’s The Elements of Geometry, Archimedes’s On the Measurement of the Circle, and Abbott’s Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Students will demonstrate their learning and reasoning by recreating proofs, solving new problems, presenting their proofs, and constructively critiquing their own work. In an era when arguments are driven by emotions and memes—and when logical reasoning has been forgotten—this course is extremely necessary, useful, and fun. (1 credit)

2020–21 Electives

Experiential LearningLearning Coach: Dr. Pablo; In this course students choose their own learning experience and adventure. This course can be taken any time, multiple times, choosing different learning experiences. For example, if the family is making a trip, the student and the learning coach prepare a list of experiences to do during the trip and how to demonstrate learning. Or students can choose from a variety of learning experiences they can perform right from home. (0.25 credit)

Athletic PerformanceLearning Coach: Mr. Smith; In this course, students will learn teamwork, sportsmanship, honesty, tolerance, flexibility, attitude, cooperation, self-discipline, and determination through a variety of sports and games of their choice. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these topics by planning with the learning coach how they are going to actively participate in their chosen sport (such as ultimate Frisbee, soccer, flag football, basketball, baseball, table tennis, frisbee golf, golf, swimming, gymnastics, etc.); game (such as four-square, dodgeball, kickball, capture the flag, chess, etc.); or activity (such as running, jogging, walking, swimming, hiking, yoga, etc.). Students report their progress to the learning coach during regular one-on-one coaching sessions. (0.5 credit)

Artistic PerformanceLearning Coach: Mr. Brown. This course is designed for students who want to start or are already learning an artistic discipline. Students plan with their teacher and learning coach how to actively participate and progress in their chosen art. Options: a musical instrument, voice, choral performance, ballet, drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpting, and so on. Students and teachers report progress and plans to the learning coach during regular, individual coaching sessions. (0.5 credit)