Current Upper School 7th - 8th Grades In Development 9th - 12th Grades *******
Composition English grammar, usage, and composition are taught yearly in K-12. The ability to write with clarity, beauty, and power is developed through the use of Classical Composition. The Classical Composition program is based on the original classical method of teaching writing called the “progymnasmata.”
Literature The study of good literature provides models of correct English and excellence in writing. We choose the very best literature for each age, works that model heroes, virtues, and high ideals. Our literature program does more than develop reading skills – it inspires students to love what is good and noble in life. Our classroom reading selections are carefully chosen to increase in reading difficulty each year.
Mathematics Mathematics is the science and philosophy of relationships. It is cumulative, rigorous, and demanding and it develops logical, accurate, and precise thinking. With firm arithmetic skills students gain in Lower School, the world of mathematics is more accessible. Pre-Algebra and Algebra are assigned to Seventh and Eighth grade students respectively.
Latin A foundation for learning modern languages, Latin develops vocabulary, English grammar skills, and teaches students how to think critically. Students are required to take Latin every year after the 2nd grade. All new students are placed in an age-appropriate beginning Latin class.
Christian Studies Christian Studies is an academic course equal in content and examinations to all other areas of the curriculum. Church History is studied in seventh and eighth grade. We believe the Christian faith is true and that both reason and history support this belief. All time is dated from the birth of Jesus Christ, the central figure in human history. Our Christian Studies program helps students understand why this is true.
Classical Studies Students continue to learn the vocabulary, history, geography, and literature that underlie the great achievements of Western civilization. Students read the classics of Greek, Roman, and English literature, and study the modern world.
American/Modern Studies In American/Modern Studies students study American history, geography, and literature as well as world geography and non-Western cultures. The program is designed to give students mastery over very concrete and useful information about the United States and the world.
Nature & Science Students begin the study of modern science in the seventh grade. Earth Science and Physical Science are taught on a rotational basis from year to year. Scientific skills are practiced and developed through lab activities that accompany each course.