Course Descriptions

Please note that aside from Paideia I-IV, each course is 1 credit (1 term). Each Paideia course is 3 credits (3 terms). Each term is approximately 12 weeks in length. In the spirit of Classical Lutheran education, we desire our students to experience depth in their learning. As such, we encourage students to take only 2 or 3 credits per term.

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Algebra I

Mrs. Rebecca McCreary
1 Credit
$400

Algebra is the bridge between arithmetic and an entire world of mathematics. In this course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of algebra, which are the tools necessary for handling abstract mathematical concepts. These tools include real and rational numbers, variables, expressions, and simplification, equations, inequalities, and functions, evaluation and solution, and graphing. This course will emphasize memorization, drilling, and review – the tools which are developed in Algebra I are essential and should become second nature. The different elements of Algebra will be placed within the context of the history of mathematics by means of primary sources and secondary historical literature.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 7-9
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Algebra II

Mrs. Rebecca McCreary
1 Credit
$400

This course reviews and expands on the topics introduced in Algebra I. More sophisticated and abstract applications of the concepts learned in Algebra will be discussed, and the course will conclude with an introduction to Trigonometry. This course will emphasize problem-solving: through drilling and review, the students will improve their skills in analysis and learn to quickly evaluate complex problems for possible solutions. The different topics covered in this course will be placed within the context of the history of mathematics by means of primary sources and secondary historical literature.

  • Prerequisite: Algebra I (or equivalent)
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Anatomy & Kinesiology

Mrs. Sharon Meyer
1 Credit
$400

This course examines the anatomy and physiology of the human body in relationship to exercise. Students will engage in physical and mental activities to strengthen their bodies. The wonder of God's creation can be seen through the human body. It is the creation that God came to save. The aim of this course is for the student to see the beauty of the human body and be moved to appreciate it and care for it properly.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
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Arithmetic

Mrs. Rebecca McCreary
1 Credit
$400

This course is designed for students to shore up their studies of Arithmetic prior to progressing to the Algebra track of courses. Students taking this class will generally be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 6-8
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Art Foundations I

Mr. Jonathan Mayer
1 Credit
$400

This course is designed to lay a broad foundation for further study in the visual arts. It combines art theory and criticism, studio projects, and art history from the Paleolithic to the Gothic era. Projects include a portrait bust, a Byzantine mosaic, an illuminated manuscript page, and a faux stained glass window.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Art Foundations II

Mr. Jonathan Mayer
1 Credit
$400

This course is designed to lay a broad foundation for further study in the visual arts. It combines art theory and criticism, studio projects, and art history from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism.

  • Prerequisite: (Art Foundations I)
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Astronomy

Mrs. Sarah Fenker
1 Credit
$400

Martin Luther said, "Astronomy is the most ancient of all sciences, and has been the introducer of vast knowledge... I like astronomy and mathematics, which rely upon demonstrations and sure proofs." Astronomy is the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole. In this course, students will study the history of Astronomy, read the writings of various influential Astronomers, and engage in various projects geared toward gaining an understanding of and appreciation for God's creation.

  • Prerequisite: Algebra I
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Biology

Mr. Jeremy Staub
1 Credit
$400

Biology is the study of life. What better way to study life than in a school that allows us to study the God who created all life around us, including ourselves. In this class we will start with the simplest part of organisms (cells) and continue all the way up to the relationships between organisms (ecosystems). We will study key scientists and their impact on biology over the course of history. We will also take a look at the impact that the various areas of biology are having on our modern society and world.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Term: Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Calculus I

Mr. Kirk Meyer
1 Credit
$400

The discovery of calculus is one of the high points in the history of mathematics. In this course, limits, differentiation, and integration will be developed, and the basic applications of single-variable Calculus will be explored. This course will emphasize memorization, drilling, and review – the elements of Calculus should become second nature so that skills in applying these elements to the various problems within the scope of Calculus can be developed. The different elements of Calculus will also be placed within the context of the history of mathematics by means of primary sources and secondary historical literature.

  • Prerequisite: Precalculus
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Calculus II

Mr. Kirk Meyer
1 Credit
$400

This course is the completion of the single-variable Calculus sequence. The techniques of integration will be developed, and applications of single-variable Calculus concepts will be explored. With the elements of Calculus at hand, this course will emphasize problem solving exercises and review. The various problems encountered in this course will also be placed within the context of the history of mathematics by means of primary sources and secondary historical literature.

  • Prerequisite: Calculus I
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Chemistry

Mrs. Sarah Fenker
1 Credit
$400

Chemistry, according to chemist M.M. Pattison, is "the accurate and systematic study of the changes which material things undergo." Further, the changes with which Chemistry deals are those changes in matter which involve a change in composition of the matter. Students will conduct lab experiments, read the writings of various influential chemists, examine the history of chemistry, and complete written exercises during their study of Chemistry.

  • Prerequisite: Algebra I
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Christian Worship: History & Theology

Pastor David Kind
1 Credit
$400

In this course students will explore the theology behind the Western liturgy, will gain an understanding and appreciation of traditional liturgical orders and texts used in the Western church and of the centrality of the sacraments to Christian worship, piety and life. Special emphasis will be paid to the Lutheran understanding of the sacraments and worship.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Elementary Latin I

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$200

This course is designed to offer elementary aged students an enjoyable and age appropriate introduction to the Latin Language. Elementary Latin is especially designed for families who are homeschooling in the primary grades or for Lutheran schools who wish to offer a Latin course in the primary grades. The textbook is Minimus: Starting Out In Latin. Special reduced cost for this primary level course is $200/term.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017, or Trinity 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 3-6
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Elementary Latin II

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$200

This course is a continuation of Elementary Latin I using the second volume of Minimus. The textbook is Minimus Secundus: Moving On in Latin. Special reduced cost for this primary level course is $200/term.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017, or Trinity 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 3-6
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Geometry

Mrs. Rebecca McCreary
1 Credit
$400

This course is a hiatus from the world of Algebra: students are introduced to the essential vocabulary and concepts of geometrical proof. Topics will include the construction, proofs, similarity, congruence, perimeter, area, volume, and transformations. This course will emphasize memorization, drilling, and review – the precision and thoroughness required for rigorous geometric proof are directly related to general skills of sound reasoning. The different topics covered in this course will be placed within the context of the history of mathematics by means of primary sources and secondary historical literature.

  • Prerequisite: Alebra I (or equivalent)
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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German I

Mrs. Michelle Venteicher
1 Credit
$400

This course will introduce students to the basics of German grammar and vocabulary. Drills in those topics, as well as in some conversational idioms will comprise the bulk of our task. By the end of the course, students will be able to pronounce, read, and speak the German language at a basic level.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 6-12
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German II

Mrs. Michelle Venteicher
1 Credit
$400

This course will introduce students to the basics of German grammar and vocabulary. Drills in those topics, as well as in some conversational idioms will comprise the bulk of our task. By the end of the course, students will be able to pronounce, read, and speak the German language at a basic level.

  • Prerequisite: German I
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 6-12
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German III

Mrs. Michelle Venteicher
1 Credit
$400

This course will introduce students to the basics of German grammar and vocabulary. Drills in those topics, as well as in some conversational idioms will comprise the bulk of our task. By the end of the course, students will be able to pronounce, read, and speak the German language at a basic level.

  • Prerequisite: German II
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 6-12
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German IV

Mrs. Michelle Venteicher
1 Credit
$400

This course will introduce students to the basics of German grammar and vocabulary. Drills in those topics, as well as in some conversational idioms will comprise the bulk of our task. By the end of the course, students will be able to pronounce, read, and speak the German language at a basic level.

  • Prerequisite: German III
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017, Trinity 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 6-12
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Mrs. Karla Reagles

Grammar I

1 Credit
$400

Grammar, the foundation for language, includes the building blocks to effective communication, both spoken and written. In this course, students will review and master basic language skills necessary for clear writing and argumentation at the secondary level and beyond. Students will diagram sentences to understand sentence construction, as well as complete some spelling and word study. This course will provide a foundation for students intending to progress to Logic I and II, Rhetoric I and II, and Speech/Debate.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 6-9
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Mrs. Karla Reagles

Grammar II

1 Credit
$400

Grammar, the foundation for language, includes the building blocks to effective communication, both spoken and written. In this course, students will review and master basic language skills necessary for clear writing and argumentation at the secondary level and beyond. Students will diagram sentences to understand sentence construction, as well as complete some spelling and word study. This course will provide a foundation for students intending to progress to Logic I and II, Rhetoric I and II, and Speech/Debate.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 6-9
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Greek I

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$400

Greek I is the first in a three term series of courses introducing the Classical Greek language. The focus is on mastering the basics of Greek grammar. After completing the full three term series, students should be ready to enter Greek Readings I.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017, or Trinity 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Latin I

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$400

Latin I is the first in a four term series of courses introducing the Latin language. The focus is on mastering the basics of Latin grammar. After completing the full four term series, students should be ready to enter Latin Readings.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017, or Trinity 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 5-12
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Latin II

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$400

Latin II is the second in a four term series of courses introducing the Latin language. The focus is on mastering the basics of Latin grammar. After completing the full four term series, students should be ready to enter Latin Readings I.

  • Prerequisite: Latin I
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017, or Trinity 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 6-12
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Latin III

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$400

Latin III is the third in a four term series of courses introducing the Latin language. The focus is on mastering the basics of Latin grammar. After completing the full four term series, students should be ready to enter Latin Readings.

  • Prerequisite: Latin II
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017, or Trinity 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
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Latin IV

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$400

Latin IV is the fourth in a four term series of courses introducing the Latin language. The focus is on mastering the basics of Latin grammar. After completing the full four term series, students should be ready to enter Latin Readings.

  • Prerequisite: Latin III
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017, or Trinity 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
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Latin Readings I

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$400

This course is designed for students who have completed at least one full year of Latin grammar (the material covered in First Year Latin, see Latin I). The focus in this course is on reading unabridged texts in classical Latin with a secondary focus on a review of grammar. Readings will change from term to term depending on the make up of the class. At least one live translation session will be scheduled each week.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017, or Trinity 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
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Life Science

Miss Hannah Weaver
1 Credit
$400

Martin Luther said of science, "We are at the dawn of a new era, for we are beginning to recover the knowledge of the external world that was lost through the fall of Adam. We now observe creatures properly .... But by the grace of God we already recognize in the most delicate flower the wonders of divine goodness and omnipotence." Life Science is concerned with the study of living organisms. In this survey course designed for students in 7th or 8th grade, students will explore the life God created.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 6-8
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Logic I

Pastor Jason Braaten
1 Credit
$400

God created man with the ability to reason so that man could communicate with God and one another: "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord" (Is 1:18). The right use of reason draws proper conclusions from other information and opens the mind so that it can close upon what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful. In this course, students will be introduced to formal logic: the science and art of reasoning well. Logic as a science discovers universal rules and principles. Logic as an art teaches students to apply those rules and principles in a variety of situations. The student will learn the difference between an argument and an explanation, the difference between deduction and induction, and the differences among truth, validity, and soundness in argumentation. He will learn effective methods of analysis and criticism, developing the ability to think critically, as well as learn the basis of the construction of arguments.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
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Logic II

Pastor Jason Braaten
1 Credit
$400

God created man with the ability to reason so that man could communicate with God and one another: "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord" (Is 1:18). The right use of reason draws proper conclusions from other information and opens the mind so that it can close upon what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful. In this course, students will be introduced to formal logic: the science and art of reasoning well. Logic as a science discovers universal rules and principles. Logic as an art teaches students to apply those rules and principles in a variety of situations. The student will learn the difference between an argument and an explanation, the difference between deduction and induction, and the differences among truth, validity, and soundness in argumentation. He will learn effective methods of analysis and criticism, developing the ability to think critically, as well as learn the basis of the construction of arguments.

  • Prerequisite: Logic I
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016, Christmas 2016, Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
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Logic III

Pastor Jason Braaten
1 Credit
$400

God created man with the ability to reason so that man could communicate with God and one another: "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord" (Is 1:18). The right use of reason draws proper conclusions from other information and opens the mind so that it can close upon what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful. In this course, students will be introduced to formal logic: the science and art of reasoning well. Logic as a science discovers universal rules and principles. Logic as an art teaches students to apply those rules and principles in a variety of situations. The student will learn the difference between an argument and an explanation, the difference between deduction and induction, and the differences among truth, validity, and soundness in argumentation. He will learn effective methods of analysis and criticism, developing the ability to think critically, as well as learn the basis of the construction of arguments.

  • Prerequisite: Logic II
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
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Music I

Pastor Jesse Krusemark
1 Credit
$400

This course will introduce basic music terminology, notation, and concepts of tonality through a study of Bach chorales. A means of analyzing this music will be developed and students will use the insights of this analysis to compose music of their own. The students' musical ear will also be developed through exercises in sightsinging, rhythmic performance, and dictation (melodic and rhythmic).

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: Participation in a music ensemble or private instrumental or vocal music lessons
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
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Music II

Pastor Thomas Lock
1 Credit
$400

This course is a continuation of Music I. A greater appreciation for the melodic and harmonic language of the Bach chorale will be gained by considering embellishment, modulation, and chromaticism. Analysis and composition will become more advanced. Ear training will include also keyboard exercises and harmonic dictation.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: Participation in a music ensemble or private instrumental or vocal music lessons
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Music II

Pastor Thomas Lock
1 Credit
$400

This course is a continuation of Music I. A greater appreciation for the melodic and harmonic language of the Bach chorale will be gained by considering embellishment, modulation, and chromaticism. Analysis and composition will become more advanced. Ear training will include also keyboard exercises and harmonic dictation.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: Participation in a music ensemble or private instrumental or vocal music lessons
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Paideia A

Pastor Dave Spotts
2 Credits
$800

Paideia A is a combination of literature and history for pre-high school students. Paideia A covers the time period from Creation to the Reformation. Primary sources, literature, lectures, and discussions will be utilized for learning.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016-Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 7-8
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Paideia B

Mrs. Emily Cockran
2 Credits
$800

Paideia B is a combination of literature and history for pre-high school students. Paideia B covers the time period from Post-Reformation to present day with an emphasis on American history. Also covered in the course will be regional history from the states in which the students live. Primary sources, literature, lectures, and discussions will be utilized for learning.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016-Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 7-8
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Paideia I

Mrs. Jocelyn Benson, Pastor Eric Andersen
3 Credits
$1200

Paideia I covers history, literature, and theology within the chronological time period of Creation-Christ. The first two terms (Michaelmas 2013 and Christmas 2013) cover literature and history from this time period and the third term (Easter 2014) covers the theology of this time period. The theology portion of all Paideia courses is taught by an ordained LCMS pastor.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016-Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Paideia II

Miss Christina Harma, Pastor David Kind
3 Credits
$1200

Paideia II covers history, literature, and theology within the chronological time period of Christ-Columbus. The first two terms (Michaelmas 2016 and Christmas 2016) cover literature and history from this time period and the third term (Easter 2017) covers the theology of this time period. The theology portion of all Paideia courses is taught by an ordained LCMS pastor.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016-Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Paideia III

Miss Christina Harman, Pastor Charles Henrickson
3 Credits
$1200

Paideia III covers history, literature, and theology within the chronological time period of Columbus-present day. The first two terms (Michaelmas 2016 and Christmas 2016) cover literature and history from this time period and the third term (Easter 2017) covers the theology of this time period. The theology portion of all Paideia courses is taught by an ordained LCMS pastor.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016-Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Paideia IV

Pastor Larry Beane
3 Credits
$1200

Paideia IV covers history, literature, and theology within the chronological time period of the 20th century. The first two terms (Michaelmas 2016 and Christmas 2016) cover literature and history from this time period and the third term (Easter 2017) covers the theology of this time period. The theology portion of all Paideia courses is taught by an ordained LCMS pastor.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s):
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Philosophy

Mrs. Emily Cockran
1 Credits
$400

Christians are exhorted to be prepared to give a defense for the hope we have within us (1 Peter 3:15). Building on what was learned in Logic, Philosophy, which literally means love of wisdom, gives students the skill and practice to not only analyze, but also to defend the hope they have in Christ. Scholars will join the likes of Luther, Melanchthon, and Chemnitz in becoming philosophically literate and able to respond in a Lutheran manner to what Roger Scruton calls the "academic repudiation" of Western and Christian thought.

  • Prerequisite: Logic III or equivalent
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Physical Science

Miss Hannah Weaver
1 Credit
$400

Martin Luther said of science, "We are at the dawn of a new era, for we are beginning to recover the knowledge of the external world that was lost through the fall of Adam. We now observe creatures properly .... But by the grace of God we already recognize in the most delicate flower the wonders of divine goodness and omnipotence." In this survey course designed for students in 7th or 8th grade, students will explore the inanimate objects of nature that God created.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 6-8
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Physics

Mrs. Sarah Fenker
1 Credit
$400

Physics is the study of nature and properties of matter and energy. The introduction to the English translation of Isaac Newton's Principia : the mathematical principles of natural philosophy says, "Thus, the diligent student of science, the earnest seeker of truth, led, as through the courts of a sacred Temple, wherein, at each step, new wonders meet the eye, till, as a crowning grace, they stand before a Holy of Holies, and learn that all science and all truth are one which hath its beginning and its end in the knowledge of Him whose glory the heavens declare, and whose handiwork the firmament showeth forth." When we study Physics, we study the realities of an ordered creation, spoken into being by the mouth of God. Students will study the history of Physics, read the writings of various influential Physicists, and complete written exercises during their study of Physics.

  • Prerequisite: Algebra I
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Precalculus

Mr. Kirk Meyer
1 Credit
$400

This course is designed to bridge the gap between Algebra and Calculus. Topics will include the advanced behavior of polynomials, exponents and logarithms, trigonometric functions and identities, complex numbers, advanced graphing, systems of equations, sequences and series, basic limits, differentiation and integration. This course will emphasize memorization, drilling, and review – as with Algebra, the concepts taught here should become second nature so that they can be readily applied or developed in the study of Calculus. The different topics covered in this course will be placed within the context of the history of mathematics by means of primary sources and secondary historical literature. For students interested in taking the AP Calculus Exam, this course may be followed in sequence by Calculus I.

  • Prerequisite: Algebra II
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Psychology

Mrs. Jocelyn Benson
1 Credit
$400

The explanation to the First Article says, "I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ear, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them." It is from this foundation that we will study Psychology- the study of the mind and its functions. This class will cover various topics in the realm of psychology. In addition to gaining a basic understanding of the brain, learning, and behavior, students will read the writings of scholars in the field of psychology and discuss these writings through the lens of our Christian worldview.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Representational Drawing

Mr. Jonathan Mayer
1 Credit
$400

As Creator of the universe, God was the first artist. But he also put into mankind the ability to observe and appreciate his creation, as well as to imitate, in a small way, his creative work. This class is an academic introduction to drawing with dry media (charcoal, pencil, and soft pastel). By means of demos, studio projects, and excercises, the course will cover principles of light and shadow, drawing technique, composition, and color theory. In addition, the students will learn to participate meaningfully in group critiques; to talk intelligently about their own work, and to give pointed feedback to their classmates.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
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Rhetoric I

Dr. James Tallmon
1 Credit
$400

This is a course in the fundamentals of speech. What constitutes the fundamentals of speech is, of course, open to interpretation. This course is approached from a classical liberal arts perspective that takes thinking as fundamental to speech. Rhetoric, long considered the cornerstone of the liberal arts, is the art of persuasive speaking. The study of rhetoric provides a foundation in speech composition upon which the course builds. The course builds on that foundation by studying, in a very systematic, and highly integrated fashion, the tools of dialectic and rhetoric, not as subjects, per se, but as the means whereby one cultivates wisdom and eloquence. Students develop mental habits that make them at home in the realm of ideas (i.e., to analyze, critique, refute and persuade about, ideas).

Students deliver a variety of speeches. The core of the course involves a series of linked speeches in which students first overview, then analyze, then persuade about a contemporary controversial topic of their choosing. Great speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and others, are studied and discussed throughout the term. This attempt at learning by watching "masters in action" culminates in an assignment in which students choose their favorite Great Speech and explain what makes it great.

  • Prerequisite: Logic III
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Rhetoric II

Dr. James Tallmon
1 Credit
$400

Rhetoric II focuses on argumentation and debate. It expands on Rhetoric I by elucidating how dialectic and rhetoric cultivate wisdom and eloquence. The student learns to engage in practical argumentation by examining and discussing patterns of reasoning, fields of argument, standards of evidence, classical rhetorical and dialectical concepts and applying that ancient knowledge to the resolution of contemporary controversies. The course begins with a good bit of instruction in fundamentals of informal logic (which dovetails nicely with Pr. Braaten's Logic course). The course is then divided into three units, all designed to feature one aspect of arguing cases (a rhetorical approach to argumentation is a case-centered, practical approach): arguing a case in court of law, defending one’s judgment in a moral dilemma, and arguing one’s case in a policy controversy.

  • Prerequisite: Rhetoric I
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2016
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Rhetoric III

Dr. James Tallmon
1 Credit
$400

This is Wittenberg Academy's course in advanced public speaking and it emphasizes cultivation of style and imagination. The approach to this course is classical, and students enjoy it very much. The core of the course is a series of three speeches, which constitute an exercise in "imitatio," a pedagogical scheme developed in the Roman era and practiced widely in medieval times. The idea is to expose students to great oratory, have them study it, memorize and "declaim" excerpts, then imitate its style. As they develop a feel for stylistic excellence, they are encouraged to compose original works. This graduated approach is very effective. The course begins with an overview of rhetoric in the liberal arts, followed by focused study in elements of style. There are speaking assignments designed to break the ice, but real application of classical concepts begins with a memorized speech. Students select a speech of interest from days of yore. They select a portion of it that can be performed in 6 minutes. Nothing cultivates a strong grasp of both style and content like memorization. Next comes an "essentializing exercise," in which students identify the essential message of the speech. They then do an imitatio speech in which they apply that theme to a contemporary situation. In that speech they are to emulate the style of the person whose speech they chose to memorize. Finally, they are invited to compose and perform an original oration that demonstrates mastery of course content. They learn a great deal about how to move an audience (pathos) and, specifically, how to deploy figures of speech masterfully.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Theatre I

Pastor Adam Barkley
1 Credit
$400

This introductory course is meant to foster an appreciation for the dramatic arts. Emphasis will be placed on the origins of the stage, theatre history, and play terminology. Students will explore different genres by reading a series of play scripts. Many of the scripts will be secular and take on issues such as truth and morality, however, the class will always be focused on Christ first in all things (Colossians 1:18).

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Not currently offered
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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Vocation & Stewardship

Mr. Justin Benson
1 Credit
$400

Personal finance isn't something you do once you leave home. Indeed, the foundation of good personal finance is built when we are young. In this class, we will study what the Word of God and the Fathers, specifically St. John Chrysostom, have to say about personal finance.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2017
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
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