(Fulfills following credits: Social Studies, History)
Western Civilization is built upon the foundations of the Great Civilizations of the Ancient World, such as those of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Greece, and Rome. As we explore the history of these ancient civilizations, we will weave together the subjects of art, politics, religion, technology, and culture to bring the past to life. Our studies with begin with the rise of civilization in the Near East, showing the wider world in which Israel took shape. We will then explore the explosion of Greek culture, especially in Athens, the birthplace of Democracy. Next, we will analyze how the Roman Republic rose to per-eminence in the ancient world. Finally, we will trace the journey of the Jewish religion, and the Rise of Early Christianity with the coming of Christ. Our studies will include projects, presentations, group discussion, and artistic works.
(Fulfills following credits: Language Arts, Humanities)
The literature of the ancient world is so rich and influential that it has formed the Great Ideas that still shape modern thought. Our study of ancient literature will begin with the first epics: those of Gilgamesh and Homer, before proceeding to the Old Testament Writings, including Psalms, Proverbs, and Prophetic writings. Then our class will explore the famous Greek tragedies and philosophers, from Oedipus Rex to Plato’s Republic. Our study of Roman literature, such as Vergil’s Aeneid and Cicero’s Speeches, will tie in to the Latin classes, encouraging students to see the classical language in context. Our study of ancient literature will conclude with the writings of the Early Christians, especially Paul of Tarsus, author of the inspired Epistles of the New Testament. In this course, students will cultivate skills to critically read, discuss, and assimilate works within their historical and philosophical context. Additionally, they will develop their writing ability in a variety of styles.
Classical Latin Language
(Fulfills following credits: Foreign Language, Language Arts)
Latin is one of the most important languages young students can study, as it equips them to learn how to learn any other Western language. Latin, as the mother of the Romance (“Roman”) Languages, makes it particularly easy for students to learn any other Romance tongue: French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Almost 70% of English vocabulary comes from Latin, and by learning Latin grammar, one can master English as well. (Studies indicate that the highest scoring students on the ACT/SAT Verbal sections are those who have taken Latin.) Finally, a student who can read Latin can study the great works of Western Civilization in their original language, including the Wars of Julius Caesar, the Vulgate Bible, the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, and the Principles of Isaac Newton.
(Fulfills following credits: Foreign Language, Language Arts)
Spanish class will be a dynamic classroom environment, aiming to equip students with both the technical knowledge and the conversational skills needed to be confident in another language. The class will be integrated to accommodate a variety of levels, and will provide learning through a variety of methods.
(2016-2017 Offerings: Biology and Physics)
Using the Apologia curriculum, our Science classes are taught with two objectives: 1) to explore Science in a way that honors God as the Creator by acknowledging the universe as His Creation, and 2) to develop a scientific framework that helps students appreciate the complexity and rationality of scientific systems, enabling them to better understand the modern technological world in which we live. The Science classes will be taught with interactive learning labs, which allow students to go beyond the readings to experiment for themselves!
(2016-2017 Offerings: Geometry, Algebra II, Math Lab)
Math Class offers a traditional classroom environment where students will increase their math ability in the context of the classical understanding. Detailed instruction will be combined with an integrated perspective of the importance and application of mathematical thinking.
Math Lab allows students to work at level on their choice of Saxon or Teaching Textbook curriculum in a structured but individually tailored environment. Students will receive one-on-one guidance, progress monitoring, and regular evaluation to ensure that they are both keeping pace and understanding material well. This option is ideal for “outlier” students: those who may benefit from additional instruction or are accelerated in their math ability.
Foundations of Learning: 9th Grade
(Fulfills following credits: English I)
A required course for all full-time freshmen (and highly recommended for part-time students), this class will explore the methods and practices that are required for success both as a BCA student and in life. We will explore principles of critical thinking, the writing process, organization and time management, reading and note taking, and other fundamental skills for effective learning. In addition, we will read 7 Men and 7 Women by Eric Metaxas, discussing what it means to live well and seeking to be great through putting our lives in God’s service. Students will also receive close instruction on their term papers and presentations, gaining a foundation they can use for future persuasive writing.
Rhetoric: 10th Grade
(Fulfills following credits: Speech, Logic, English II)
The term Rhetoric refers to the art of composition as well as presentation. Taught from a classical perspective, the class will improve the student's ability to speak and write, with the intent to inform or persuade. Students will gain competency and mastery in persuasive writing, a clear understanding of logic and its function, and confidence in public speaking and performance. The course will progress through the “5 Cannons of Classical Rhetoric” and will give students abundant opportunities to IMITATE and PRACTICE, the two operative words for the course. Students will also receive close instruction on their term papers and presentations, ultimately creating a masterpiece that they can use as a model for future persuasive writing.
Aesthetics: 11th/12th Grade
(Fulfills following credits: Fine Arts)
Is beauty “in the eye of the beholder” or is it an objective reality? How do we develop eyes to see what is beautiful? What is the difference between bad art and good art, and what even qualifies as art? These questions, and many others, will be explored through the study of art in a variety of forms — from painting to music, dance to theater, film to creative writing — and adds an important dimension to our pursuit of Goodness, Truth, and Beauty. Course material will be an eclectic but purposeful mixture of art history, philosophy, and application, and will culminate in a final project that can fulfill senior project or term paper requirements.
(Fulfills following credits: Senior Project)
All full-time students will complete a term project during the spring semester. This project will encourage students to synthesize the ideas and influences from different subjects into one “Masterpiece,” and may take the form of an essay, a work of art, or another creative project.