History Classes: Wednesday mornings Literature Classes: Thursday mornings
History Classes: Tuesday mornings Literature Classes: Thursday mornings
CLASSES UTILIZE THE SOCRATIC DISCUSSION
We started our Online Academy to meet the needs of families that want their students to engage in open-ended historical debate with content that teaches the values of Western Civilization. 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. Our elementary school courses introduce young learners to history and gently guide them to grow in age-appropriate critical thinking skills. We are dedicated to promoting virtue by inspiring students to seek the truth in history.
Our literature courses draw upon the same Socratic principles as our history classes. In both, students read great texts and participate in open-ended discussions to develop a deeper understanding of big questions. Our approach is “Socratic” because it is driven by questions. Our teachers do not deliver lectures — they lead conversations.
Our literature students read one book a month, and classes meet on a monthly basis. Each meeting has two components. The first is a lesson in which our teachers lead students through a systematic review of the book they have read. Together, students and teachers explore and use the core concepts of literary analysis to reach a more full understanding of the text. In this part of our course, students discover how elements like setting, characters, symbols, and imagery shape the novel.
After the lesson, students meet to discuss the book in discussion sessions. This is where students apply the elements of literary analysis to the book they have read. In our discussion session, teachers do not lecture. Instead, they present students with open-ended questions and facilitate the discussion, providing feedback as appropriate. Our discussion sessions are capped at 25 students. Should more than 25 students sign up for the course, additional discussion sessions will be set upto ensure that all students will be able to speak each time we meet.
The Difference Between the Types of Online Classes: Live Online Class - Student participates in a Zoom class, which is on a set day/hour, and can view the recording anytime. Recorded class - This is a recording of the online class. Student can view it on their own time, but it's not a live class. Video course - Online series of lectures with quizzes, and a Certificate of Completion at the end. HERE for video courses.
Course Cost Enroll Through March $400 Enroll Through May $425 Enroll After May $450 Recorded Class Only: $150
Writing Supplement Cost (optional): Enroll Through March $400 Enroll Through April $425 Enroll After April $450