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Course Curriculum

Level I – 7th Grade

Class Author Work(s)
Bible Study Methods various Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy)  
Great Books 1/2  Lybrand The Writing Course
  Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea
  Orwell Animal Farm
  Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia
  Tolkien The Hobbit
  Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, O. Henry, Rudyard Kipling, C.S. Lewis, Guy de Maupassant, James Thurber, Mark Twain, Poe various short stories
Algebra 1/2 Math in Focus, Singapore Math Math in Focus Course 2
Physical Science Various Discussions and sample readings studying a range of scientific fields–Geology, Aeronautics, Rocketry, Astronomy, Chemistry, etc., for the purpose of arousing interest in science
  Morris Geology
Ancient Near East Various Projects and maps over various civilizations– Ancient Egyptian, Mycenaean, Minoan, Babylonian, Hebrew and Indus River Valley
  Mills Book of the Ancient World
  Williamson Hittite Warrior
  Payne Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
7th Grade Administration Various Various
  Goff Love Does (boys only)

Level II – 8th Grade

Class Author(s) Work(s)
Old Testament various The Bible (Joshua – Malachi)
Great Books 1 Aeschylus Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides
  Sophocles Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone
  Homer The Iliad, The Odyssey  
  Plato The Republic, The Apology, Last Days of Socrates, other short dialogues
Algebra 1 Foerster Algebra 1
Biology Kaskel, Hummer, and Daniel Biology: An Everyday Experience
  Darwin The Origin of Species
  Behe Darwin's Black Box*
  Aristotle De Anima*
  Bernard An Introduction to Experimental Medicine*
  Yancey and Brand Fearfully and Wonderfully Made*
  Strobel The Case for a Creator*
Greece and Rome Hamilton Mythology*
  Plutarch Lives of Noble Greeks and Romans (Our Young Folks' Plutarch)*
  Herodotus The Histories*
  Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War*
  Livy The Early History of Rome*
  Seutonius Lives of the 12 Caesars*
  MacGregor The Story of Rome*
  Josephus The Antiquity of the Jews*, Wars of the Jews*
  DeVries Battles of the Ancient World*
  Polybius The Histories*
  unknown I & II Maccabees*

 *Excerpts only 

Level III – 9th Grade

Class Author(s) Work(s)
New Testament Various The Bible (MatthewRevelation)
Great Books 2 Anselm Proslogium*Monologium*, Cur Deus Homo*
  Aristotle Physics*, Metaphysics*Nichomachean Ethics*, Politics*
  Augustine Confessions*
Farenheit 451
  unknown Beowulf
  Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth
  Virgil The Aeneid    
  Chaucer Canterbury Tales*
Greek 1 Shuman Learning Greek to Know God's Word
Algebra 2
Foerster Algebra and Trigonometry
Custer Introductory Logic
World History 1/ Geography 1 Gonzalez The Story of Christianity
  Josephus Antiquities of the Jews
  Seutonius The Twelve Caesars*
  Tacitus The Annals of Imperial Rome  *
  Augustine City of God*
  Armstrong Islam, A Short History*
On the Incarnation  
First Apology
Essentials of Medieval History: 500 to 1450 CE
New Foxes Book of Martyrs*
select Medieval documents and decrees
*Excerpts only

Level IV – 10th Grade

Class Author(s) Work(s)
Great Books 3 Aquinas Summa Theologica*
  Descartes Meditations*
  Dante Divine Comedy: Inferno and Purgatorio
  Hobbes The Leviathan*
  Milton Paradise Lost*
  Shakespeare Hamlet, King Lear, Julius Caesar
  Machiavelli The Prince
  Nietzsche  Parable of the Madman
  Locke Second Treatise on Government*
  Swift Gulliver's Travels
  Luther 95 Theses
  Bunyan Pilgrim's Progress
Greek 2 Shuman Learning Greek to Know God's Word
Pre-Calculus Foerster Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry: Concepts and Applications
Physics Dann The People's Physics Book
Rhetoric I  (Composition) Aristotle On Rhetoric*
  Paul, the Apostle Romans (Bible)
  Lewis Mere Christianity
  Khunert Servant Leadership
World History 2/ Geography 2
Marx The Communist Manifesto    
How Should We Then Live?
  various Essentials: European History Series (1500-Present)
  Giotto, Masaccio, daVinci, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Bruegel the Elder, Goya, Monet, Van Gogh, Munch, Picasso, Duchamp, Warhol, Pollock select paintings
  Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Copeland, Handel, Mozart, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Wagner select compositions
       Till Luther
       Apted Amazing Grace
       Spielberg Schindler's List (clean film version)
        Frankowski Expelled
*Excerpts only

Level V – 11th Grade

Class Author(s) Work(s)
 Great Books 4 Dostoevsky Brothers Karamazov
  Goethe Faust, Part I
  Hume Treatise on Human Nature*, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding*
  Kant Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics*
  Kirkegaard Fear and Trembling*
  Dickens Great Expectations
  Rousseau The Origin of Inequality*, The Social Contract*
  Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil*
  Pascal Pensées*
  Swift Gulliver's Travels
  Golding Lord of the Flies
  Lewis Screwtape Letters
 Rhetoric II (Speech) Aristotle On Rhetoric
  Various Selected Speeches
Fine Arts I Fritz Creating
  various films  
Geometry Abbott Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
The Elements, The First Six Books
  Khan Academy, College Board, Barron's
SAT Prep
Chemistry Mays General Chemistry (2nd ed.)
American History Jefferson, Adams, Franklin Declaration of Independence, The Constitution
  Hamilton, Jay and Madison The Federalist Papers
  King March on Washington Address
  Lincoln Selected Speeches
  select opinions Supreme Court Decisions
Mayflower Compact
  Mayhew "A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers"
  Marshall and Manuel The Light and the Glory
  Henry Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
  Paine Common Sense
  Maybury World War I: the Rest of the Story*
  Washington Farewell Address
  Reed Myths of the Great Depression
  various The Essentials of U.S. History Series (1492-present)
  Harrison, Cleveland, McKinley, U.S. Congress Documents on American Imperialism
We Were Soldiers Once...and Young*
Killer Angels
       Burns The Civil War*, The War*, Jazz*
       Spielberg Amistad, Lincoln, Saving Private Ryan, John Adams (Episodes 1 and 2)
       Johnson Boycott
       Donaldson 13 Days
       National Geographic Inside 9/11
*Excerpts only

Level VI – 12th Grade

CORE CLASSES Author(s) Work(s)
Apologetics  Lewis  Mere Christianity, Great Divorce
  Stroebel Case for a Creator
  Muhammad  Quran*
  various  The Bible, selections
  Kreeft Socrates Meets Jesus
  Muller Wisdom of the Buddha
  Smith Book of Mormon*
  Jackson Mormonism Explained
  Laozi Tao Te Ching
  Vyasa Bhagavadgita
Government Hamilton, Madison, Jay Federalist Papers*
  Henry Speeches before Virginia Assembly
  King John, Langton Magna Carta
  various Mayflower Compact
  various Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
  British Parliament English Bill of Rights
  Locke Second Treatise of Government*
  Jefferson, Adams, Franklin Declaration of Independence, The Constitution
  Dickinson Articles of Confederation
  deTocqueville Democracy in America*
  Skousen 5000 Year Leap*
Adam Smith 
Wealth of Nations
Basic Economics*
Financial Peace University Student Edition
Senior Project
Fine Arts II (2 of the following)
Film Art
ELECTIVES (options vary)
Wile and Shannon
The Human Body
Netter's Anatomy Coloring Book
Advanced Physics
Astronomy Rees Universe:The Definitive Visual Guide*
  Tyson Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
  Stroebel Case for a Creator
Calculus Introduction 
Calculus Applications
Swokowski Calculus
Culinary Arts & Nutrition Pollan Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
History of Civil Rights King, Carson Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  Sinclair Up From Slavery
History of Sport in America Davies Sports in American Life: A History
Human Society in Lit. Huxley
Brave New World
  Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
  Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
  Plato Republic
  Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter
  Orwell 1984
Psychology Rice Psychology: A Christian Perspective (excerpts)
Science Fiction Lit. Herbert Dune
  Keyes Flowers for Algernon
  Lem The Invincible
  Lewis Out of the Silent Planet
Tolkien Literature Tolkien The Silmarillion
  Tolkien Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Western Literature McMurtry Lonesome Dove
  Kelton Time It Never Rained
  Grey Riders of the Purple Sage
  Punke Revenant
*Excerpts only