Course Descriptions

Please note that aside from Paideia A-IV and Quadrivium I-V, each course is 1 credit (1 term). Each Paideia course is 3 credits (3 terms), excepting Paideia A and B which are 2 credits, and each Quadrivium course is 2 credits (2 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.

Click on a course to see its description:

Anatomy & Kinesiology

Mrs. Erika Mildred
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 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
Back to course list

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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, or Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 3-6
Back to course list

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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, or Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 3-6
Back to course list

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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 6-12
Back to course list

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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 6-12
Back to course list

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 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 6-12
Back to course list

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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 6-12
Back to course list
Miss Emilyann Pool

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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 6-9
Back to course list
Miss Emilyann Pool

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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 6-9
Back to course list

Greek I

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$400

Greek I is the first in a three term series of courses introducing New Testament Greek. 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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, or Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

Greek II

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$400

Greek II is the second in a three term series of courses introducing New Testament Greek. 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: Greek I
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, or Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

Greek III

Pastor H.R. Curtis
1 Credit
$400

Greek III is the third in a three term series of courses introducing New Testament Greek. 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: Greek II
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, or Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, or Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 5-12
Back to course list

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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, or Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 6-12
Back to course list

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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, or Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
Back to course list

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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, or Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
Back to course list

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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019, or Trinity 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
Back to course list

Life Science

Mrs. Erika Mildred
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 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 6-8
Back to course list

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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
Back to course list

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 2018, Christmas 2018, Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
Back to course list

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 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
Back to course list

Music I

Pastor Thomas Lock
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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
Back to course list

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: Music I
  • Corequisite: Participation in a music ensemble or private instrumental or vocal music lessons
  • Term(s): Christmas 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

Music III

Pastor Thomas Lock
1 Credit
$400

Music III focuses on Luther and the Chorale. Students will examine Luther and music and early kantors as well as Bach and others' settings of modal chorale tunes. Finally, students will also look at Gregorian, Anglican, and other methods of chant in modern hymnals. As an introduction to this material, students will learn the Church Modes from Medieval and Renaissance time.

  • Prerequisite: Music II
  • Corequisite: Participation in a music ensemble or private instrumental or vocal music lessons
  • Term(s): Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 2018-Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-8
Back to course list

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 2018-Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-8
Back to course list

Paideia I

Mrs. Jocelyn Benson, Pastor Brian Kachelmeier
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 2018-Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

Paideia II

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 2018 and Christmas 2018) cover literature and history from this time period and the third term (Easter 2019) 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 2018-Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

Paideia III

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 2018 and Christmas 2018) cover literature and history from this time period and the third term (Easter 2019) 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 2018-Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 2018 and Christmas 2018) cover literature and history from this time period and the third term (Easter 2019) 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 2018-Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

Physical Science

Mrs. Erika Mildred
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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 6-8
Back to course list

Progymnasmata Writing Course

Mrs. Minte Irmer
1 Credit
$400

We write how we think and we think how we write.  In Progymnasmata, students will learn rhetorical excellence by using the series of exercises followed by writers through the ages.  Through study, imitation, and practice, students will work toward mastery of each important skill.  Phillip Melanchthon, in his On Eloquence, said, "Therefore, in order to obtain the ability to speak and judge, nothing is as indispensable as the exercise of the pen.”

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
Back to course list

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 term of odd years
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

Quadrivium A

Mrs. Rebecca McCreary
1 Credit
$400

Arithmetic, numerical fluency, and mathematically thinking through different situations are necessary skills for more advanced and abstract mathematics. As with so many topics, looking through the lens of history often provides different vantage points, contexts, and notations than what we are currently using. This course provides opportunity for students to gain fluency with math facts and gain confidence and understanding with fractions and decimals as we encounter these topics at various points in time. Students will learn to approach problems from different angles through working problems with historic formatting and more modern puzzles.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 6
Back to course list

Quadrivium B

Mrs. Rebecca McCreary
1 Credit
$400

Numbers can be comforting to some people because they can be concrete and absolute in basic studies. Moving to advanced studies requires using numbers abstractly, which is a different skill. This course extends arithmetic and numeracy skills through real problems, such as figuring out the interest of credit card payments, but also uses those problems to prompt thinking about the abstract side of numbers to prepare for more advanced study through generalized use of formulas and integers.

  • Prerequisite: Quadrivium A (or equivalent)
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7
Back to course list

Quadrivium I

Mrs. Rebecca McCreary
2 Credits
$800

This course uses the writings of Leonard Euler as a framework to train minds to find similarities and missing information. It will focus on number work such as expressing, solving, and graphing linear, quadratic, and exponential equations and logarithms; identifying, solving, and graphing two and three variable systems; recognizing and working with radical numbers; and transforming and factoring expressions and equations. These skills will then be extended into scientific, literary, historical and daily usages.

  • Prerequisite: Quadrivium A/B (or equivalent)
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2018-Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 8
Back to course list

Quadrivium II

Mrs. Rebecca McCreary
2 Credits
$800

Once students have learned how to manipulate various types of numbers and values in Quadrivium I, they will use that knowledge to explore real world scenarios in highly specific mathematical language of numbers, equations, and graphs. Students will work with direct and indirect proportions and statistics and probability to see how numbers can be used to describe their environment and societal behaviors. They will build on their graphing knowledge with the study of basic trigonometry to explore practical topics from navigation techniques to the motion of waves.

  • Prerequisite: Quadrivium I (or equivalent)
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2018-Christmas 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 10
Back to course list

Quadrivium III

Mrs. Rebecca McCreary
2 Credits
$800

“Let no man enter here who does not know geometry.”- Plato

Plato knew that the study of geometry, with its specific definitions and logical arguments about simple topics such as triangles was a necessary step to contemplating more complex material like virtue, goodness, and beauty.

This course begins with the reading and study of Euclid’s Elements. It uses Books I, VI and XI to form a basis to practice forming and structuring arguments about concrete topics. It uses Books II-XIII to give examples of well structured arguments that build on each new definition and proposition throughout the entire text.

The course continues by reading philosophers, such as Plato, and discussing how their arguments can parallel Euclid’s, as well exploring some more difficult to define aspects of humanity and earthly life.

  • Prerequisite: Quadrivium I and Quadrivium II (or equivalent)
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Michaelmas 2018-Christmas 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 10
Back to course list

Quadrivium IV

Mr. Kirk Meyer
2 Credits
$800

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.

The discovery of calculus was 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.

Quadrivium IV, with Calculus and Physics taught in tandem, allows students to see the immediate application of both areas of study.

  • Prerequisite: Quadrivium I-III (or equivalent)
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2018-Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 11
Back to course list

Quadrivium V

Mr. Kirk Meyer
2 Credits
$800

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.

The discovery of calculus was one of the high points in the history of mathematics. 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.

Quadrivium V, with Calculus and Astronomy taught in tandem, allows students to see the immediate application of both areas of study.

  • Prerequisite: Quadrivium IV (or equivalent)
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Christmas 2018-Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 12
Back to course list

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 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 7-12
Back to course list

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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 2018
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

Rhetoric III- Advanced Public Speaking

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 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

Tragedy

Miss Emilyann Pool
1 Credit
$400

Who is the tragic hero? What is a tragic flaw? Hubris? Is it sinful, or inevitable? Where does fault lie for the actions of men? Man or God/gods? In Greek and Shakespearean tragedy, what is the presentation of man’s free will? What is fate? How should we as Lutherans interpret this? A close study of Greek and Shakespearean tragedy will answer these questions and more!

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Corequisite: None
  • Term(s): Easter 2019
  • Recommended grade level: 9-12
Back to course list

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 term of even years
  • Recommended grade level: 10-12
Back to course list