High School Classes

The heart of the Schola High School Program is the interdisciplinary humanities class, The Great Conversation. The TGC curriculum is developed and taught by the TGC teaching team, bringing the unique gifts and passions of each experienced world view teacher to each class and providing continuity throughout the complete program.

The core Schola High School Program also includes Latin, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics.

In addition to these core classes, elective classes in Speech & Debate and Spanish are available.

Students may register for the complete program or individual classes as needed.


The Great Conversation (TGC)
Through direct encounter with great works of human achievement, this four-year interdisciplinary program introduces students to conflicts in world views that have occurred over the past 3000 years, thus joining in "the great conversation" of men and women through the ages about the perennial issues of human life. Because ideas have consequences, students will study the philosophy and theology of western culture in order to understand the expression of its world view in literature, art, music, government, economics, and science.

The knowledge and skills acquired through TGC apply to all disciplines and are useful throughout college and into adult life. TGC teaches students to read critically; to explore difficult ideas and themes through class discussions; to focus thoughts into constructive, organized patterns; and to share those ideas orally and in writing.

The Great Conversation will . . .

  • equip your student to stand against the thoughts and ideas of the secular culture.
  • prepare your student to make a defense for the hope they have within.
  • teach your student to take the truth of Christianity into the various diciplines of life.

The Great Conversation Class Descriptions

Latin
Latin plays an integral part in the Schola Program. Because Latin is the mother tongue of Western Civilization, as well as the language of the Christian faith for over a thousand years, it is the ideal tool for the transmission of cultural literacy. Latin mottoes, phrases, and sayings surround us every day, and much of Western literature assumes at least a passing understanding of Latin.

Not only is Latin the most efficient way to learn the grammar of our own language, Latin is also the basis for the Romance languages, giving Latin students a leg up in any further study of Spanish, French, and Italian, as well as Portuguese and Romanian. Because Latin has had a greater impact on our own language than any other foreign language (60% of modern English words are based on Latin), Latin students typically score about 50 points higher on the SAT, both verbal and math, than students who have not studied Latin. Latin also provides a foundation for scientific education.

Schola Latin classes provide . . .

  • tools to improve understanding of English grammar.
  • foundation for studying Romance languages.
  • basis of cultural literacy of Western Civilization.

Latin Class Descriptions

Natural Sciences
No classical, Christian school program is complete without the immersion of the student in the scientific realm. For thousands of years, becoming familiar with the physical world and its function was as important as nourishing one’s soul and becoming familiar with the nature and character of God and the spiritual world. For centuries, some of the best theologians and philosophers were scientists and the best scientists were philosophers and theologians.

Using principles discussed in Schola world view classes, students will not just regurgitate science "facts" but learn to think critically while analyzing scientific principles. Whether your student is bound for college or the mission field of the work-a-day world, rightly applying scientific principles will enhance your student’s understanding of the character and thinking prevalent in our culture.

Schola science classes will equip your student to . . .

  • carefully and critically observe the physical world in which we live,
  • thoughtfully interpret those observations.

Science Class Descriptions

Mathematics
The ancient Greeks considered Mathematicians to be Philosophers. They developed abstract mathematics based on a logical structure of definitions, axioms, and proofs. Time in math class tends to be spent teaching a student to find the solutions of a quadratic equation or derive the formula of an ellipse. But through these experiences, a solid foundation of logical, quantitative, symbolic thinking is being introduced.

Mathematics Class Descriptions


Elective Classes
Speech and Debate
Spanish