We started our Online Academy to meet the needs of families that want their students to engage in open-ended historical debate. Each of our middle school and high school courses offers a discussion-based approach to history. Instead of being asked to memorize a list of facts, students encounter controversial questions and develop arguments that are based in evidence. Then, they meet online to debate and discover the best answer, together. Our method equips students to tell the difference between fact and opinion – a skill that will help them in far more than history. We are dedicated to promoting virtue by inspiring students to seek the truth.
Our elementary school courses inspire young learners with an interest in history that will stay with them throughout their academic lives. Even though elementary students are not yet ready for a Socratic Discussion, they are eager to read about the past. Our course list for grades 1-5 introduces pupils to historical content through stories and games.
Join John De Gree as he introduces The Classical Historian Online Academy:
Classes for 2021 - 2022 ( To REGISTER, click on the particular title.)
Taught Thursday mornings, click HERE for schedule.
During the first weeks of the year, our junior high and high school students will learn how to develop fact-based historical arguments. As the course progresses, they will develop arguments to answer open-ended questions, such as ‘what were the two most important reasons for the fall of Rome?’ Our weekly class serves as the debate venue, where teachers ask questions, give feedback, and help students improve their critical thinking skills. Readings are assigned from both primary (eyewitness) and secondary (textbook) sources. However, students also learn how to complete research on their own – in our experience, kids love to come to class with evidence that no one else has seen in order to ‘win’ debates.
Our elementary students will meet once a week to read an introductory textbook together. After the reading, we play history games, look at historical artwork, and read myths and legends. How Do I Register? Enroll in the online course and purchase the online materials through the appropriate links. Each Class costs $14 and meets 15 times per semester, 30 times per year ($425 per year). Enrollment also entitles the student to permanent access to high quality video recordings. Enrollment maximum is 18 students per class.
Charter School Families We Accept Purchase Orders. Please email John De Gree at email@example.com How Much Reading and Writing Per Week? In the elementary school, all reading will take place during class. In the junior high grades, students will have between one to two hours per week of reading and preparation. There are no essay assignments in the junior high courses. For the High School Discussion-Only courses, students are expected to read about three to four hours per week, however, it is up to each student how much time he puts into the class. For those choosing the optional testing, essay writing, and assessment portion, there is an additional two to four hours of work per week, and a $300 fee. This includes essay editing, grading, and unlimited rewriting and revising of the history essays.
How often do the classes meet? Each class meets once a week for 50 minutes, 30 times per year.
How many Students are the maximum allowed per class? 18
What is the Perspective of The Classical Historian?
We inspire students to seek the truth in history through debate because we recognize that people are imperfect, and civil discourse is the only way that we can correct our mistaken assumptions. This is not a new idea – it is part of our inheritance as members of Western Civilization. In our courses, students will encounter the great ideas that shaped the West, such as the rule of law, morality, and of course, free speech. Students can and do disagree with these ideas at times, and that is ok – we were once teenagers, too. Our goal is not for our pupils to leave class with a dogmatic belief in the ‘right’ ideas, but to equip them with knowledge of where they come from and the critical thinking tools needed to understand the world that faces them. Confident that the truth will make its way to those who ‘have ears to hear,’ we believe that a classroom is enriched by diverse viewpoints. Our curriculum is open to people of all faiths, and is currently in use in all educational paradigms, including home school, private school, charter school, and public school settings.
THE CLASSICAL HISTORIAN MISSION The Classical Historian educates and inspires youth to seek the truth in history and to champion individual liberty and virtue. ...more