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Teach with Scholé Academy!

Award-winning classical Christian education online

In 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Scholé Academy earned iLearn Awards from Practical Homeschooling including the overall 1st place iLearn award for online academies for 2020! As our academy continues to grow, we are looking for talented and dedicated instructors to offer courses at Scholé Academy!

Interested in hosting classes at Scholé Academy for the 2022-23 academic year?

If you are passionate about restful learning and would like to contribute to the renewal of Christian classical education, we invite you to our Instructor and Tutor Recruitment Night, November 4th at 7:30 pm EASTERN online. Register HERE.

Please visit our Employment page for information on how to submit your Request for Proposal (our version of an application). Interviews start December 2021. Please email questions to support@scholeacademy.com

 

Step 1: Get to know Scholé Academy

Before you submit your service proposal, we ask that you take some time to get to know our online academy, the kind of education we offer, our various programs, and the school culture we seek to foster.  The resources below are intended to guide you as you explore.

  • What is Classical Education? Scholé Academy is the online school of Classical Academic Press.  The company has defined our model of classical Christian education, and this article presents an overview of our educational philosophy.
  • About Scholé Academy:  Watch a video from our CEO, Dr. Christopher Perrin, and learn what makes Scholé courses unique in the world on online education
  • Welcome to the Great Hall @ Scholé Academy:  Scholé Academy serves families and welcomes teachers from Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox backgrounds.  Learn how we work together across traditions while making room for our important differences.
  • St. Raphael School:  As the Orthodox house of studies at Scholé Academy, St. Raphael School offers courses in catechism, Greek, Russian, liberal arts, and sacred arts—such as iconography and chant.
  • Canterbury House of Studies: The Anglican house of studies at Scholé Academy offers church history and theology in the tradition of the English Reformation
  • Tutoring CenterMany of our course instructors also serve as private tutors.  Our most popular subjects in the Tutoring Center are language arts, Latin, writing, and mathematics.
  • Center for Students with Learning DifferencesAs part of the Tutoring Center, the CSLD provides the services of Special Needs Instructors to support students who have been diagnosed with Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) or are seeking a diagnosis.
  • Student-Parent Handbook: The handbook includes our statement of faith, a description of our learning philosophy, and the agreement parents sign when they enroll in our courses.
Step 2: Find out who we're looking for

General Requirements for Course Instructors and Tutors

Entrepreneurs — All Scholé Academy online course instructors and private tutors are independent contractors. That means we are looking for people who desire flexibility, work with independence, and have an entrepreneurial spirit.  While some of our most popular instructors have built their online teaching business up to the level of full-time self-employment, most of our instructors consider their online tutoring supplemental income.

Tech-Savvy—Our online courses feature high-quality live video streaming, and our instructors manage course content using our learning management system, Schoology.  Instructors provide their own equipment (we provide the software), and they should have ready access to a reliable high-speed internet signal.

Classical educators—In our “Request for Proposal” (our version of an application — more on that below) we’ll ask about your background in education, specifically your understanding of classical Christian education according to the scholé philosophy.  We expect our instructors to not only understand classical education but to apply it in every aspect of their teaching.  If you are invited for an interview, we’ll want to hear about your teaching experiences and how CCE informs your pedagogy.

Program Specific Requirements

At the bottom of this page you will find a comprehensive list which describes the needs we have in each of our programs and the specific requirements for each.  Before applying, we recommend that you browse that section and consider which of our programs and courses might be a good fit for your background, skills, and experience.  In general, please keep in mind:

  • St. Raphael School instructors must be Orthodox Christians in good standing with their local parish.
  • Canterbury House of Studies (CHoS) Catechism Instructors must be members must be members of good standing in the Anglican Church. CHoS Instructors of courses other than catechism must be members in good standing in a church within the Protestant tradition.
  • Aquinas House of Studies instructors must be members in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Candidates who wish to apply for tutoring only should summarize the services (instead of corporate courses) they could provide within our tutoring center in the RFP (see below); otherwise, the same standards apply to both tutors and course instructors.
Step 3: Prepare your proposal
  • Request for Proposal (RFP): Scholé Academy serves as a vendor for the services of online course instructors and tutors; we are not a “school” in the traditional sense of the term, and we do not employ teachers on a full or part-time basis.  If you are a classical teacher who would like to offer one or more online courses as part of our wider offerings, please download and complete the “Request for Proposal” form, which will provide us with the information we need to consider your proposal. We also request a completed “Request for Proposal” if you are a classical teacher who would like to offer supplemental tutoring and/or private course instruction through our tutoring center, or services to students with learning differences through our CSLD.
Download the Request for Proposal (RFP) Form
  • Cover letter:  Please write a few short paragraphs introducing yourself and summarizing your proposed course offerings. If you desire to offer tutoring or private course instruction, then please summarize the services which you could provide within our tutoring center.
  • Resumé / Curriculum Vitae: Much of the information required on the RFP would also be included in a standard resumé, but feel free to include your resumé or CV, especially if it includes important details not covered in the RFP.
  • Transcripts/support documents:  For any degrees which you have earned or certifications, please scan and upload official documentation.

As you prepare your proposal packet, please save each document as a PDF using the format “Your Last Name, First Name – Document Title.”

Overview of Potential Program Openings for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Scholé Academy Potential Program Openings

  • Mommy & Me (K-3rd)
  • Latin (4th  – 12th)
  • Writing (3rd – 9th)
  • Grammar (4th – 8th)
  • Logic (7th – 10th)
  • Pre-Rhetoric (8th – 10th)
  • Rhetoric (10th – 12th)
  • History (3rd – 12th)
  • Literature (4th – 12th)
  • Math (5th – 12th)
  • Science (6th – 12th)
  • STEM (6th – 12th)
  • French (5th-12th)
  • German (9th-12th)
  • Spanish (5th – 12th)
  • STEM (6th – 12th)
  • Art & Music (7th – 12th)
  • Canterbury House of Studies (6th – 12th)

 

St. Raphael School Potential Program Openings

  • Liberal Arts

    Level 1: Illustrated Classics
    Level 2: Early Chapter Books
    Level 3: Advanced Chapter Books
    Level 4: Children’s Classics
    Level 5: British Classics
    Level 6: Ancient Classics History (Roman Year)
    Level 6: Ancient Classics Literature (Roman Year)
    Level 7: Classics of Christendom History
    Level 7: Classics of Christendom Literature

  • Greek

    Greek Alphabet Primer
    Greek Grammar Primer
    Greek 1
    Greek 2
    New Testament Readings

  • Russian

    Russian 1
    Russian 2

  • Catechism
    (Please note: Catechism instructors must be given the blessing from St. Raphael School’s Spiritual Director)

    Level 3: Old Testament
    Level 4: Basic Spirituality
    Level 5: God’s Presence in His Saints
    Level 6: Living in Christ
    Level 7: Theology

  • Sacred Arts

    Iconography
    Elements of Church Music

 

Scholé Academy Lower-School Courses

Latin for Children

Latin for Children: Grades 4–7
Scholé Academy’s lower-school Latin program is centered around the Latin for Children curriculum by Classical Academic Press. Designed, revised, and continually sharpened since 2001, the award-winning Latin for Children curriculum continues to be a strong, inviting, and creative program designed to introduce students as young as fourth graders to Latin. It incorporates elements that will engage students of every learning style. When used as a whole, this series trains students in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives in a lively, interactive way that is perfectly suited to students in the grammar stage. For a closer look at the Latin for Children curriculum, please follow these links and click “Look Inside”: Latin for Children Primer A, Latin for Children Primer B, and Latin for Children Primer C

Scholé Academy is seeking a Latin for Children instructor to join our lower-school faculty and accommodate continued growth in these courses. Experience teaching Latin to lower-school students is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable with (or be able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Lower-School History

Lower School Ancient History: Grades 3-4 and up
Scholé Academy’s lower-school ancient history program is centered around the The Curious Historian Levels 1A and 1B curriculum by Classical Academic Press. The Curious Historian Level 1 is the first part in a 4-level series that presents the study of history and culture from the beginnings of civilization (Mesopotamia and Egypt) through the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions of the modern world. Students will grow excited about history, see how people throughout the ages were both similar to and different from themselves, and learn to be scholars of the past who can make a difference in the future. For a closer look at The Curious Historian Level 1 curriculum, please follow these links and click “Look Inside”: The Curious Historian Levels 1A and The Curious Historian Levels 1B.

Scholé Academy is seeking lower-school history instructors to join our lower-school faculty and accommodate continued growth in these courses. Experience teaching humanities to lower-school students is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable with (or be able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Lower-School Literature

Classic Children’s Literature: 4th-5th
Choosing what our students will read and where to focus their limited time and resources is a matter of great importance. While we seek to cultivate a passion for reading in our students, we also know that beyond the delight, there is often a duty required of them. We all have preferences, limits on our time and ability level, as well as future goals and pursuits that might require the inclusion of some titles, and necessitate the exclusion of others. C.S. Lewis confirms this notion as he writes in Our English Syllabus, “Thus I admit that some limitation is necessary; the whole literary reality cannot be embraced by any Final Honor School. But there is a difference between arbitrary selection and a curtailment…”

In our Classics of Children’s Literature V class, children will read, enjoy, and interact with classic works of children’s literature in order to learn through knowledge, experience, and reflection the four classical virtues: justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude. Students will respond to these texts through discussion, written analysis and reflection, and artistic mediums in order to reach the whole child in our study. The skills will include reading fluency, reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary, memorization, recitation, analysis, synthesis, and discussion.

Scholé Academy instructors should not only be astute in their passion for literature, but also be able to help students learn to develop their own passion and perspectives related to critical analysis, supporting assertions with appropriate evidence, or moving from observation to mature interpretation, with a distinctly “classical” approach. Students are challenged to offer opinions and insights in class discussions. Communicating effectively through the written word is also an important aspect of the students’ work, and these courses offer students writing assignments to foster their development as literary writers. Scholé Academy literature courses feature deep engagement with select great works of literature, but also include some exposure to history, noting the necessary integration of these two genres.

Scholé Academy is seeking literature instructors to join our lower-school faculty and accommodate continued growth in these courses. Experience teaching humanities to lower-school students is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable with (or be able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Lower-School Mathematics

Foundational Math VI: 5th-6th grade

Foundational Math VI instructors will help students develop and solidify their understanding of the following mathematics concepts:

  • place value
  • problem-solving at a higher level. This course will guide students through a variety of topics, including:
  • multiplying and dividing larger whole numbers;
  • understanding ways and places in which mathematics can be used (e.g., basic fractions, money, time, etc.);
  • adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals;
  • expressing data with different types of tables and graphs;
  • identifying and solving measurements of angles, shapes, and solid figures;
  • beginning to learn about percentages, ratios, and algebraic expressions.

Goals for students enrolled in this course are that they will grow in the love of the orderly beauty of math, come to appreciate how mathematics expresses God’s created world around us, and gain understanding and confidence in the mathematical foundations they will carry forward on their path of learning.

Fundamentals of Mathematics: 6th-7th grade

As students are preparing to transition out of grammar school math and into middle school subjects like Pre-Algebra and Algebra, they must gain experience and understanding of increasingly abstract mathematical concepts. This instructor must be prepared to teach more about algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities, as well as about more abstract ideas to extend the arithmetic they have been studying for several years. Some of the topics to be included in this course are positive and negative numbers, ratio and percent, algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, and finding the area and volume of shapes and solids.

Goals for students enrolled in this class are that they will grow in the love of the orderly beauty of math, come to appreciate how mathematics expresses God’s created world, and gain understanding and confidence in the mathematical foundations they will carry forward on their path of learning.

Scholé Academy is seeking mathematics instructors to join our lower-school faculty and accommodate continued growth in these courses. Experience teaching mathematics to lower-school students is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable with (or be able to learn to use) online teaching platforms, learning management software, and a digital tablet & pen to write on the shared whiteboard. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering such as the virtual whiteboard tool, Ziteboard.

Lower-School Spanish

Spanish for Children: Grades 5-9
Scholé Academy’s lower-school Spanish program is centered around the Spanish for Children curriculum by Classical Academic Press. The Spanish for Children Primer A Program teaches upper-elementary students this dynamic language using the pedagogy and structure of our popular Latin for Children series combined with immersion-style dialogues and vocabulary. The Spanish for Children series emphasizes grammar and the parts of speech as vital tools for the correct speaking and understanding of Spanish. The texts also use lively chants to aid the memorization of both grammar and vocabulary. For a closer look at the Spanish for Children curriculum, please follow these links and click “Look Inside”: Spanish for Children A and Spanish for Children B

Scholé Academy is seeking Spanish for Children instructors to join our lower-school faculty and accommodate continued growth in these courses. Experience teaching Spanish to lower-school students is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable with (or be able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Lower-School French

French for Children: Grades 5-7
Scholé Academy’s lower-school French program is centered around the French for Children curriculum by Classical Academic Press. The French for Children Primer A Program teaches this classical, beautiful, and widely spoken language. There is a distinction, however, between just learning common words and phrases, which is the approach of many French programs, and knowing the language well enough to communicate fluently and accurately. French for Children Primer A teaches elementary students this dynamic language, both classically and creatively, at a time when students soak up language like a sponge. This book employs the pedagogy and structure of our popular Latin for Children series combined with immersion-style dialogues and vocabulary so that the French language will be taught well and thoroughly. The French for Children series emphasizes grammar and the parts of speech as vital tools for correctly speaking and understanding French. The text also uses lively chants to aid memorization of both grammar and vocabulary. For a closer look at the French for Children curriculum, please follow these links and click “Look Inside”: French for Children A and French for Children B

Scholé Academy is seeking French for Children instructors to join our lower-school faculty and accommodate continued growth in these courses. Experience teaching French to lower-school students is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable with (or be able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Writing & Rhetoric

Writing & Rhetoric: Grades 3–7
The Writing & Rhetoric series is a writing curriculum based on the progymnasmata (“preliminary exercises” designed to prepare students for rhetoric). The Writing & Rhetoric method employs fluent reading, careful listening, models for imitation, and progressive steps. It assumes that students learn best by reading excellent, whole-story examples of literature and by growing their skills through imitation. In this series, students encounter all forms of modern composition—narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive—while at the same time developing unique rhetorical muscle. 

Scholé Academy is seeking Writing & Rhetoric instructors to join our lower-school faculty and accommodate continued growth in these courses. Experience teaching lower-school students is preferred.

Lower-School Grammar: Well-Ordered Language

Well-Ordered Language (Grammar): Grades 3–6
Well-Ordered Language is a grammar curriculum that presents the study of language in a way that appeals to a child’s inborn curiosity and desire to collect, gather, and order. It teaches grammar in a clear, orderly way, while simultaneously seeking to cultivate a child’s wonder of language by presenting instruction in the context of narrative and language, attractive illustrations, and samples taken from classic children’s literature and poetry. This series is designed for students to actively engage with the grammatical concepts in each lesson, using language skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—along with physical movement, songs, and chants.

Scholé Academy is seeking lower-school instructors to teach the Well-Ordered Language series. Experience teaching lower-school students is preferred.

Scholé Academy Middle and Upper School Courses

Middle-School Grammar: Well-Ordered Language

Well-Ordered Language Levels 3 & 4 (Grammar): Grades 6-8
Well-Ordered Language is a grammar curriculum that presents the study of language in a way that appeals to a child’s inborn curiosity and desire to collect, gather, and order. It teaches grammar in a clear, orderly way, while simultaneously seeking to cultivate a child’s wonder of language by presenting instruction in the context of narrative and language, attractive illustrations, and samples taken from classic children’s literature and poetry. This series is designed for students to actively engage with the grammatical concepts in each lesson, using language skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—along with physical movement, songs, and chants.

Scholé Academy is seeking middle-school instructors to teach the Well-Ordered Language series. Experience teaching middle-school students is preferred.

Middle-School Writing & Rhetoric

Writing & Rhetoric Years 3-5: Grades 6-9
The Writing & Rhetoric series is a writing curriculum based on the progymnasmata (“preliminary exercises” designed to prepare students for rhetoric). The Writing & Rhetoric method employs fluent reading, careful listening, models for imitation, and progressive steps. It assumes that students learn best by reading excellent, whole-story examples of literature and by growing their skills through imitation. In this series, students encounter all forms of modern composition—narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive—while at the same time developing unique rhetorical muscle.

Scholé Academy is seeking Writing & Rhetoric instructors to join our middle-school faculty and accommodate continued growth in these courses. Experience teaching middle-school students is preferred.

Middle- and Upper-School Latin

Latin at Scholé Academy:
Scholé Academy is seeking experienced, engaging upper-school Latin instructors. Candidates should have an understanding not only of Latin as an individual discipline, but also of how it functions in the larger tradition of a liberal arts education. Scholé Academy instructors should not only be astute in their passion for Latin, but also be able to help students learn to develop their own passion for the Latin language and Latin literature. The ideal candidate should have studied and earned a degree in Latin, classics, or a related discipline. Candidates should be comfortable with (or be able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Lingua Latina 1: Target Grades: 7-12
Our Lingua Latina 1 offers an immersive experience in the Latin language, with classes conducted almost entirely in Latin. Students will consolidate the fundamentals of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and study elements of the culture of the ancient Roman world, through full Latin immersion and by following the story of a fictional Roman famiia in the 2nd century A.D. Our textbook is carefully constructed in imitation of key classical authors including Cicero, Seneca, Ovid, and Vergil, incorporating their most frequent vocabulary and syntax. By the end of the year, students will be able to approach low-intermediate Latin passages and read fluently, without parsing and without a dictionary. They will have practiced all 4 verb conjugations, the active and passive, voices, and all noun declensions. They will be familiar with a variety of adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, and participles, as well as an increasing number of case functions.

Lingua Latina 2: Target Grades: 8-12
Our Lingua Latina 2 is designed for graduates of Lingua Latina I (or equivalent) who wish to continue building their fluency in Latin with the Lingua Latina per se Illustrata method. In this course we will study chapters 20–35 of Hans Orberg’s Familia Romana textbook. Classes will be conducted entirely in Latin. The direct or natural method works primarily through reading aloud, dialogue, and oral composition, followed by grammatical explanation. Students will enter into the story of the text, learning grammar, vocabulary, and syntax orally and aurally in a narrative context. Translation into English does not form part of this course.

Latin 1: Target Grades: 7–12
Our Latin 1 course provides students with a clear introduction to Latin grammar and reading that aims to delight them and cultivate in them the wonder of language. Students study the 5 noun declensions and 4 verb conjugations; the present, imperfect, and future tenses; and other parts of speech (adjectives, prepositions, and adverbs). They begin studying and translating adapted, original Latin paragraphs featuring the Roman historian Livy. Students also learn some of the history and culture of ancient Rome. Latin 1 teaches over 300 Latin vocabulary words and imparts an understanding of many English words derived from Latin. Students use the award-winning Latin Alive! Book 1 text, the first of 4 books in the Latin Alive! series.

Latin 2: Target Grades: 8–12
Students in Scholé Academy’s Latin 2 course continue their study of Latin grammar and reading while finding delight in Latin language study. They review the 5 noun declensions and 4 verb conjugations; the past, present, and future tenses; and add all remaining parts of speech (pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, adverbs, and conjunctions). Students continue to translate the writings of original Latin authors from the Roman Empire period and learn some of the history and culture of ancient Rome. Students learn an additional 300+ words Latin vocabulary and many English derivatives. Students use the second of 4 books in the award-winning Latin Alive! series.

Latin 3: Target Grades: 9–12
Using the award-winning Latin Alive! Book 3, students review and complete their Latin grammar studies. This includes a more in-depth study of grammar concepts such as subjunctive mood, irregular nouns, the gerund and gerundive, impersonal verbs, conditional statements, and a study of different kinds of clauses (purpose, result, doubting, and fear). Building on Latin 1 2, students in Latin 3 continue to translate more advanced original Latin literature, much of which is taken from the medieval period. Students continue learning the history and culture of Roman and medieval society. Latin 3 also incorporates lessons on original Latin poetry and historical information about Latin poets.

Intermediate Latin (Latin 4): Target Grades: 10–12
Students in Latin 4 spend most of their time reading and translating original Latin works that span the centuries, from Cicero’s Art of Friendship to Latin ecclesiastical writers (such as Augustine) to historians (such as Bede) to monarchs (such as Queen Elizabeth) to scientists (such as Isaac Newton). Students are guided through the study and translation of each text using Latin Alive! Reader, an annotated reader that will note unusual grammatical constructions, provide commentary on the grammar and content of each reading, and list questions for the discussion of each reading. Students expand their Latin vocabulary even more and gain increasing facility in the reading of original Latin and find the delight of reading profound authors in their own tongue.

Advanced Latin (Latin 5): Target Grades: 11–12
Our Latin 5 course offers instruction on an advanced Latin topic: Aeneas and Dido. It will include the reading of selections from two authors including the entirety of book 4 of Vergil’s Aeneid and epistle 7 of Ovid’s Heroides. This course requires students to have a good foundation in Latin grammar (Latin 1, 2, and 3) and to be comfortable reading Latin texts. It is designed for students who have successfully completed Scholé Academy’s Intermediate Latin (Latin 4) course, with the Latin Alive! Reader, or an equivalent course of study.

Middle- and Upper-School Spanish

¡Hola estudiantes de español! Bienvenido al departamento de español en la Academia Scholé. 

Welcome to the Spanish Department at Scholé Academy, an area we continue to grow! For the first years we limited our Spanish instruction to only lower-school courses. Recently we added a middle-school course, as well as an immersion-style high school Spanish course for students who already completed some formal study in Spanish. We’re excited to build this program which trains students in the fundamentals of grammar and pronunciation, but also provides opportunities for them to gain command of the language through the immersion-style courses.

Spanish for Children B: Target Grades: 6-9
Spanish for Children B is designed to expand the student’s knowledge of Spanish by increasing vocabulary and honing adeptness with grammatical forms. By the end of this course, the successful student will be a “functional beginner” in the Spanish language.  This Spanish course is designed for middle school students who are ready to continue their study of Spanish grammar, reading, and conversation. Throughout the course of Spanish for Children B, students learn over 250 NEW commonly used Spanish vocabulary words, building on their foundation from Spanish for Children A. They also study engaging conversational text including original poems, rhymes, riddles, treasure hunts and stories, as well as intermediate grammatical concepts such as more complex verb conjugation, tenses, and gender-number agreement, enabling them to construct Spanish sentences properly. The Spanish for Children curriculum teaches middle school students this dynamic language using the pedagogy and structure of the popular Latin for Children series combined with immersion-style dialogues and vocabulary. This course emphasizes grammar and the parts of speech as vital tools for the correct speaking and understanding of Spanish.

Spanish 1: Target Grades: 9-12
Our Spanish 1 course is designed to introduce students to the Spanish language, including grammar, vocabulary, and culture. It is the first step on the path to fluency. For the Classical learner, it is also an opportunity to see how one strand of Latin has developed and changed since antiquity, and to let Latin’s most robust grandchild be your gateway to understanding the fascinating worlds of over 450 million Spanish-speakers in 23 modern countries. Previous Spanish experience not required or expected. Those with some previous exposure to Spanish and/or Latin or other Romance languages are welcome, though this is a beginner’s course.

Spanish 2: Target Grades: 9-12
Our Spanish 2 course is unto a deepening of the student’s grasp of Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and general Hispanic culture that builds on one year of immersion-style Spanish conversation practice and grammar/vocabulary study. As we seek mastery of Spanish this year, each class will include a mixture of speaking, listening, reading and writing on the part of both the instructor and student. Students are encouraged to speak Spanish as much as possible in the classroom. The instructor will speak in Spanish for the majority of the course, but will speak English for explaining difficult grammar or answering student questions.  Striving for immersion will improve skills rapidly and is attainable to the motivated learner of any level, especially closer to the end of the year of Spanish study. There will be times when a student might not understand every word spoken, but we will strive to improve our listening skills and identify with travelers and immigrants who face the humility of language learning daily. Humility, patience, perseverance, and courage will serve you well in your language learning adventure!

Spanish 3: Target Grades: 10-12
Our Spanish 3 course aims to give students a deepening grasp of Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and general Hispanic culture that builds on one year of immersion-style Spanish conversation practice and grammar/vocabulary study.  Spanish 3 will have a big component on oral expression with oral presentations and recitations in Spanish. As we seek mastery of Spanish this year, each class will include a mixture of speaking, listening, reading and writing on the part of both the instructor and student. Students are encouraged to speak Spanish as much as possible in the classroom. The instructor will speak in Spanish for the majority of the course, but will speak English for explaining difficult grammar or answering student questions.  Striving for immersion will improve skills rapidly and is attainable to the motivated learner of any level, especially closer to the end of the year of Spanish study.

We are looking for qualified, Spanish-speaking instructors who can host classes to middle and high school level students. Instructors should be proficient in grammar, vocabulary, and verb conjugation, as well as pronunciation and classroom instruction. Instructors should also have an appreciation for classical education, as well as be able to host courses encouraging our scholé philosophy.

Upper-School German

Welcome to the Modern Languages Department at Scholé Academy, an area we continue to grow!

German 1: Target Grades: 9-12
This course explores German, the language of numerous influential poets, philosophers, theologians, and authors. German has a significant place in the development of Western culture. In this course, students will begin our journey into the German language, learning its vocabulary and grammar, along with the cultures of the people who speak it. The focus will be on acquiring vocabulary while discovering the grammar of German through comparison and contrast of language in various contexts. The instructor should be speaking German for a significant portion of the class and students are encouraged to use as much German as they can to communicate. Class time will consist of a presentation of vocabulary and grammar in context, a discussion of the topics presented, short conversations with the instructor and classmates, and learning and practicing chants and songs to facilitate learning.

We are looking for qualified, German-speaking instructors who can host classes to high school level students. Instructors should be proficient in grammar, vocabulary, and verb conjugation, as well as pronunciation and classroom instruction. Instructors should also have an appreciation for classical education, as well as be able to host courses encouraging our scholé philosophy.

Middle- and Upper-School Logic

Logic at Scholé Academy:
At Scholé Academy, logic courses are offered to have both principled and practical application. Logic instructors not only present the concepts, but also model how each can be applied toward one’s own thinking, writing, and personal development, all the while pointing students to the future study of rhetoric. Instructors should therefore have an understanding not only of logic as an individual discipline, but also of how it functions in the larger tradition of a liberal arts education. Teachers are expected to enthusiastically enhance lessons, bringing some examples of their own practices to the classroom.

Scholé Academy is seeking experienced, engaging logic instructors. Qualified instructors should either have experience teaching the course text (see below), be willing to consult with the author(s), and/or complete a corresponding ClassicalU teacher-training course prior to the start of the academic year. They should be comfortable with (or be able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Informal Logic (The Art of Argument): Target Grades: 7–9; students in grades 10–12 welcome
Scholé Academy offers an informal logic course in which students study how reasoning goes wrong. It take students through the most common fallacies, classified in three major groups: 1) fallacies of relevance, 2) fallacies of presupposition, and 3) fallacies of clarity. Studying with the award-winning text The Art of Argument, students trace the way fallacies creep into (and sometimes infest) advertising, news reporting, political debate, and discussion, and debate about every topic imaginable. After completing the text, students go on to apply their understanding to current events through writing and a final project.

Formal Logic (The Discovery of Deduction): Target Grades: 8–10; students in grades 11–12 welcome
In our Formal Logic course, students work through The Discovery of Deduction, an award-winning text which is clear and incremental, and shows students how deductive logic is applied in various disciplines and in everyday life (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to scientific and ethical arguments). The course takes students through a study of propositions and categorical form, the traditional “square of opposition,” syllogisms, and testing for validity.

Middle- and Upper-School Pre-Rhetoric

Scholé Academy’s pre-rhetoric courses are specifically designed for middle school–level writing students. These courses are not designed for students looking for a college prep writing program. The pre-rhetoric courses currently include Writing & Rhetoric Level 5, Everyday Debate, and our Persuasive Writing class.

Writing & Rhetoric 5: Target Grades: 8-9
In Writing & Rhetoric 5, students build on the sturdy foundation they have developed through the progym exercises in the Writing & Rhetoric series. In this course, students continue honing the art of persuasive writing and speaking with Book 9: Description & Impersonation and Book 10: Thesis Part 1. In the first semester of Year 5, students encounter description, which emphasizes the use of vivid language to describe people, nature, and processes. They also study impersonation, which introduces the modes of persuasion as a means of imitating the writing style and outlook of four famous individuals: journalist Nellie Bly, writer Henry Williamson, athlete Jesse Owens, and statesman Winston Churchill. In the second semester, students begin a formal study of the thesis essay, which is the culmination of the progymnasmata as it deploys every skill that came before to make the strongest case for an idea. In preparation for the final thesis essay, the class enjoys two weeks of readings and Socratic dialog considering the question “What is Beauty?” Throughout this course, students will strengthen and refine their skills in reading and annotation, discussion, composition, and delivery. Specific areas of focus include the modes of persuasion (pathos, ethos, and logos) and the use of various rhetorical devices.

Everyday Debate and Persuasive Writing: Target Grades: 9-10
The Everyday Debate and Persuasive Writing courses each run as one-semester courses, and are typically taken back to back in one academic year. Both the Everyday Debate and the Persuasive Writing course are targeted at 9th-grade students who are familiar with both informal logic and formal logic (such as in our courses featuring The Art of Argument and The Discovery of Deduction texts). While the two logic courses are not required, the curriculum and instructor do assume they have both been studied. The Everyday Debate course provides opportunities for students to combine their interests, research skills, writing skills, and their logical argument construction within the arena of debate. The Persuasive Writing course examines selections from a wide range of scholarly texts and classical writers through the lens of rhetoric’s Common Topics. We often refer to this class as “Rhetoric-lite.”

Scholé Academy is seeking experienced, engaging rhetoric instructors. Qualified instructors should have a background in teaching pre-rhetoric or a related discipline and be comfortable with (or able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Upper-School Rhetoric

Rhetoric 1: Target Grades: 10–12
High school students enrolled in this Rhetoric 1 course will study and practice the art of rhetoric: persuasive writing and speaking. Using Rhetoric Alive! Book 1—which explores the principles of winsome speech as developed by Aristotlethe course guides students through a study of the theory and application of the essential components of persuasion: the 3 appeals, the 3 types of speech, and the 5 canons of rhetoric (see below). Along the way, students encounter, discuss, and analyze classic examples of rhetoric, spanning from Pericles’s “Funeral Oration” to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Students also develop their own rhetorical skill through workshops, imitation assignments, and oratory presentations. This course equips students to speak and write persuasively with wisdom and eloquence.

Rhetoric (Senior) Thesis: Target Grades: 11–12
Rhetoric Thesis prepares students to meet the challenges of college-level writing in the liberal arts tradition. The thesis paper is the culmination of classical students’ high school scholarship, as it provides an opportunity for them to showcase not only their content knowledge but also their ability to engage persuasively in “the Great Conversation.” The thesis process—from the initial stage of finding a topic to the final day of presentation—is a jungle within which many students quickly find themselves lost. This course is a step-by-step guide that leads students through the process of writing a thesis paper, helping them avoid the typical false starts and dead ends of the journey. The course instructor walks alongside students as they engage in the challenging task of preparing and presenting a thoughtful, original response to an issue. Grounded in classical rhetorical theory, this course guides students through the 5 canons of rhetoric, piece by piece, as they write the 6 sections of their oratio. Students will ultimately become thinkers who can combine their wit, wisdom, eloquence, reason, and ethics for future writing endeavors.

Scholé Academy is seeking experienced, engaging rhetoric instructors. Qualified instructors should have a background in teaching rhetoric or a related discipline and be comfortable with (or able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Middle- and Upper-School Literature

Literature at Scholé Academy:
Choosing what our students will read and where to focus their limited time and resources is a matter of great importance. While we seek to cultivate a passion for reading in our students, we also know that beyond the delight, there is often a duty required of them. We all have preferences, limits on our time and ability level, as well as future goals and pursuits that might require the inclusion of some titles, and necessitate the exclusion of others. C.S. Lewis confirms this notion as he writes in Our English Syllabus, “Thus I admit that some limitation is necessary; the whole literary reality cannot be embraced by any Final Honor School. But there is a difference between arbitrary selection and a curtailment…”

Scholé Academy’s literature program seeks to provide assistance to students and parents as they navigate the labyrinth of literary choices. Using a Great Books approach, Scholé Academy introduces high school students to a selection of the classics—the best, most beautiful, and most influential books of Western civilization. While studying these classics, students also explore the ideas, events, and the cast of characters that molded the social, political, religious, scientific, economic, and technological history of the era studied.

Scholé Academy instructors should not only be astute in their passion for literature, but also be able to help students learn to develop their own passion and perspectives related to critical analysis, supporting assertions with appropriate evidence, or moving from observation to mature interpretation, with a distinctly “classical” approach. Students are challenged to offer opinions and insights in class discussions. Communicating effectively through the written word is also an important aspect of the students’ work, and these courses offer students writing assignments to foster their development as literary writers. Scholé Academy literature courses feature deep engagement with select great works of literature, but also include some exposure to history, noting the necessary integration of these two genres.

Scholé Academy is seeking experienced, engaging literature instructors. Qualified instructors should have earned a degree in literature, English composition, or a related discipline. A background in teaching literature at the high school or college level is preferred. Applications should be familiar with the classical tradition and classical pedagogy (including the Socratic method), and be comfortable with (or able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Courses offered:

Middle School

  • American Literature: Grades 6-9
  • Ancient Literature: Grades 7-9
  • Medieval, Renaissance, & Reformation Literature: Grades 7-9

Upper School

  • British Literature: Grades 9-12
  • American Literature: Grades 9-12
  • Ancient Classics Literature: Grades 9-12
  • Classics of Christendom: Grades 11-12

Middle- and Upper-School History

History at Scholé Academy:
At Scholé Academy, the study of history involves much more than simply memorizing facts; it requires both analysis and investigation as we seek to understand why our predecessors made the decisions they did. Students are required to learn not only key dates, figures, eras, and tides of history, but more importantly to engage in a Socratic exchange of ideas and to cultivate an understanding of the “whys” and “hows” inherent in the narratives being studied. Students are required to read frequently in history courses. A variety of texts is utilized to help students make connections and understand the human experience. These readings include primary and secondary sources, historical documents, charts, graphs, and maps, as well as relevant literature. Students are challenged to offer opinions and insights in class discussions and more formal debates. Communicating effectively through the written word is also an important aspect of the students’ work, and students are given writing assignments throughout the course to aid their development as historical writers.

Scholé Academy is seeking experienced, engaging history instructors. Experience teaching at the high school or college level is preferred. Qualified instructors should have studied and earned a degree in history, political science, or a related discipline, be familiar with the classical tradition and classical pedagogy (including the Socratic method), and be comfortable with (or able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course texts with online teaching tools appropriate for each course offering. Strong candidates should not only have a passion for history and be astute in their area of focus, providing information, but more importantly, they should provide students with instruction to connect the common themes from past to present times, and guide students in developing their own perspective about these relationships.

Courses offered:

Middle School

  • American History: Grades 6-9
  • Ancient History: Grades 7-9
  • Medieval, Renaissance, & Reformation History: Grades 7-9

Upper School

  • Western History: Enlightenment to Industrial Revolution: Grades 9-12
  • American Government: Grades 9-12
  • Ancient Classics History: Grades 9-12
  • Classics of Christendom History: Grades 11-12

 

Middle- and Upper-School Mathematics

Mathematics at Scholé Academy:
Our courses are presented with a distinctively “classical” pedagogical approach. Students are required to not only arrive at the correct answers, but more importantly, to arrive at the correct answer by evidencing the correct process being studied. It is the student’s process that is most heavily considered, not merely the final answer.

Scholé Academy is seeking experienced, engaging mathematics instructors, with three or more years of experience teaching at the high school or college level. The ideal mathematics candidate would be prepared to offer honors-level high school mathematics classes in some combination of the following: Euclidean geometry, Algebra 2, trigonometry, precalculus, or calculus.

The ideal candidate should have studied and earned a degree in mathematics or a related discipline. Applicants should be comfortable with (or able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate for each course offering.

Scholé Academy would be willing to collaborate with new hires (and other math faculty) to determine the preferred curriculum, scope, and sequence of the courses.

Fundamentals of Mathematics: 6th-7th grade
As students are preparing to transition out of grammar school math and into middle school subjects like Pre-Algebra and Algebra, they must gain experience and understanding of increasingly abstract mathematical concepts. This instructor must be prepared to teach more about algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities, as well as about more abstract ideas to extend the arithmetic they have been studying for several years. Some of the topics to be included in this course are positive and negative numbers, ratio and percent, algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, and finding the area and volume of shapes and solids. Goals for students enrolled in this class are that they will grow in the love of the orderly beauty of math, come to appreciate how mathematics expresses God’s created world, and gain understanding and confidence in the mathematical foundations they will carry forward on their path of learning.

Pre-Algebra: Grades 7–8
Pre-Algebra is an introduction to basic algebra concepts and a review of arithmetic relationships. The course emphasizes the concepts necessary to be successful in Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. The course helps students develop good mathematical study skills and deductive reasoning as they develop their problem-solving strategies. Students explore algebraic expressions and integers, solve one-step equations and inequalities, decimals and equations, factors, fractions, exponents, operations with fractions, ratios, proportions, percents, linear functions and graphing, spatial thinking, area, and volume. This course also continues a study order of operations, variables, expressions, explore geometry, statistics, and graphing concepts.

Algebra 1: Grades 8–9
Algebra 1 is designed to give students a foundation for all future mathematics courses. The course helps students develop good mathematical study skills and deductive reasoning as they develop their problem-solving strategies. The fundamentals of algebraic problem solving are explained. Students explore foundations of algebra, solving equations, solving inequalities, an introduction to functions, linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents and exponential functions, polynomials and factoring, quadratic functions and equations, radical expressions and equations, and data analysis and probability. Additionally, students learn how to apply the learned concepts in real-life situations.

Geometry: Grades 9–10
In geometry, students further hone their deductive reasoning skills as they continue to develop their mathematical problem-solving strategies. This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. It includes an in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry as they relate to both abstract mathematical concepts as well as real-world problem situations. Geometry includes the study of transformations and right triangle trigonometry. Both inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem-solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed. Much like a course in propositional logic, geometry also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures.

For students who have successfully completed a course like The Discovery of Deduction, geometry provides an opportunity for those foundational deductive concepts to be more fully developed.

Algebra 2 & Trigonometry: Grades 10–11
The Algebra 2 course is designed to emphasize the studies of linear functions and equations, quadratic and polynomial equations with real and complex solutions, exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, transformations, rational expressions, systems of equations, matrices, probability including permutations and combinations, sequences and series, conics, and trigonometry through advanced trigonometric identities. Students enrolled in this course will need access to a graphing calculator on a regular basis. A TI-84 series graphing calculator is strongly recommended.

Pre-Calculus: Grades 11–12
The pre-calculus course is designed to emphasize the more advanced concepts common to college algebra, advanced trigonometry, and analytic geometry of two and three dimensions. Topics range from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced. Students then begin analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals. Students enrolled in this course will need access to a graphing calculator on a regular basis. A TI-84 series graphing calculator is strongly recommended.

Calculus: Grade 12
The calculus program through Scholé Academy aims toward completion of the goals set by the College Board © . Those topics include the following:

  • Students should be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal­. They should understand the connections among these representations­.
  • Students should understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation, and should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of problems.
  • Students should understand the meaning of the definite integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change, and should be able to use integrals to solve a variety of problems.
  • Students should understand the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in both parts of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
  • Students should be able to communicate mathematics and explain solutions to problems both verbally and in written sentences.
  • Students should be able to model a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral.
  • Students should be able to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.
  • Students should be able to determine the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement.
  • Students should develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.

Middle- and Upper-School Science

Science at Scholé Academy:
Our courses are presented with a distinctively “classical” pedagogical approach. Students are required not only to arrive at the correct answers, but also and more importantly to arrive at the correct answers by evidencing the correct process being studied. As models for students to imitate, Scholé Academy instructors help students value the life of the mind, reverence the Bible as is its due, love and desire God, love one another, value integrated learning across the disciplines, develop humility and self-discipline, cultivate a teachable attitude, defer to others, respect authority, desire holiness, be zealous for Truth and true doctrine, oppose anti-Christian ideologies (specifically: materialism, naturalism, scientism, skepticism, relativism), work diligently, follow through, and practice study as an act of worship and service to God.

Scholé Academy is seeking engaging science instructors; experience teaching at the high school or college level is preferred. Qualified instructors should have studied and earned a degree in the natural sciences or a related discipline and be comfortable with (or able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate for each course offering. Scholé Academy would be willing to collaborate with the new hire (and other science faculty) to determine the preferred curriculum and scope and sequence of our science courses.

Physical Science: Target Grades: 6-8
In Physical Science, our minds turn to the orders that govern physical phenomena.  We study the properties and behaviors of matter and energy, knowing that there is intelligence behind their design.  Because of that intelligence, we can explore their intelligibility through experience, as well as through reason, reading, lecture, discussion, and questioning.  Wonder and awe are kindled alongside the ability to analyze, explain, and predict. After an introduction to the three constituents of the cosmos (matter, energy, and intelligence), we will explore how we measure, observe, and document as natural philosophers before digging into our study of the atom.  From the order of the periodic table to the nature of chemical reactions, we will show how the basic architecture of the atom influences and shapes every connected phenomenon.  This naturally leads us to energy, and the study of the myriad ways in which it is stored, released and changed in form.  Along the way, we explore magnets, electricity, sound, nuclear reactions, and other phenomena that involve the interplay of matter and energy.

Earth Science: Grades 8–9
Scholé Academy’s earth science course is designed to introduce high school students to the earth sciences and teach them to interpret and understand the world around them. In this course, students investigate and study the interactions between the earth’s four major spheres—the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere—in order to explain Earth’s formation, processes, history, landscapes, and how and why the earth changes over time. The course also explores how ecology and the environment are shaped by the current actions of man and his impact on the earth’s spheres. Students will explore and debate the environmental and political issues regarding Earth’s local and global changes. Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, the scientific method, mapping Earth’s surface, minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic time, and meteorology.

In this course, students become actively involved in classroom and laboratory learning experiences. They are also involved in exploratory, experimental, and open-ended learning experiences with an in-depth study of material. Scholé Academy earth science students use and develop the following skills: 1) problem seeking and problem solving, 2) independent inquiry based learning, 3) participation in scholarly and creative processes, 4) reading and understanding scientific material, 5) use of imagination, 6) critical analysis and application, 7) learning to express/defend ideas, and 8) becoming an initiator of learning. Students in the earth science course participate in laboratory exercises, small-group activities, web-based investigations, and class discussions. Students also prepare in-class and independent projects involving some research, reading, and writing to effectively communicate their ideas.

Introductory Physics: Grades 9–11
Introductory Physics is excellent preparation for future studies in Chemistry and Biology. This is more than a physical science course because of its math component. Students use algebra concepts to solve problems; this allows for real-world application of the algebra skills they have been learning and a rewarding understanding of the importance of mathematics. Students will master unit conversions and metric system prefixes as well as foundational topics in physics. (Note: this is not a vector-based physics class. This higher-level skill is saved for upper-level physics). The text also brings in historical figures and important events that have shaped the field of physics. Topics covered in Introductory Physics include: the nature of scientific knowledge, velocity, acceleration, Newton’s Laws of motion, energy, momentum, atoms, matter and substances, heat and temperature, pressure and buoyancy, waves, sound and light, introduction to electricity, DC circuits, fields and magnetism, and geometric optics. Introductory Physics will be taught in a mastery fashion, following John Mays Learn-Master-Retain model. The goal of this approach is to end the course with student mastery of a list of standard problems essential for success in higher-level courses. This method of instruction and study brings an end to the Cram-Pass-Forget cycle, typical in most courses taught today. More information about this approach can be found in the course syllabus.

Biology: Grades 9–11
Scholé Academy’s biology course gives students a comprehensive background in biology, helping them understand the place of humans in the living world and the importance of the biological sciences in everyday life, as well as preparing them for further study in biology at the college level. This course covers the major topics of high school biology, including the major life processes at a cellular and organism level, the continuation and continuity of life, the development of new life forms, the energy flow within the organism and within the ecosystem, and the interrelationships of all living things. The lab work consists of a variety of hands-on activities using such instruments as the microscope and computer, and relates directly to the students’ classroom work.

Students are taught various areas of scientific theory, including terminology, facts, concepts, methods, and theories intertwining the unifying themes of structure and function, universality versus diversity, equilibrium within systems, and evolutionary theory. Students apply their knowledge of biological theory through methodical experimentation. The practice of the scientific method in these inquiry-based investigations challenges students to collaborate and communicate effectively. In this course, students learn to integrate the use of technology, analytical skills, problem-solving behaviors, interdisciplinary concepts, and global thinking.

Nota Bene: Scholé Academy explores theories of creation and evolution by presenting arguments supporting evolutionary theory as part of Intelligent Design as well as arguments supporting a stricter interpretation of Creationism. As it is an academic course, Scholé Academy’s biology students will be exposed to the primary arguments on all sides of this debate. 

Chemistry: Grades 11–12
Scholé Academy’s chemistry course covers the major topics of traditional high school chemistry, such as the atomic theory of matter, the periodic table, chemical reactions, mass-mass and volume-volume relations in chemical reactions, acids and bases, and the kinetic theory of matter. The mathematical aspects of these topics are emphasized throughout the course. The lab work consists of hands-on experiments using the major tools of the chemistry lab, and is a major part of the course work. Students often complete labs with a minimum of direction to develop their ability to work safely and independently in the lab. Class discussions, frequent quizzes, and periodic tests help the students and instructor monitor understanding and progress.

Physics: Grades 11–12
Scholé Academy’s physics course builds on and summarizes the material of the earlier science courses, giving a fuller, more complete explanation of many of the previously studied topics as well as introducing the major areas unique to this subject. As in all of the science courses taught at Scholé Academy, the goal is to give students an understanding of the subject and how it relates to their daily lives, as well as the ability and desire for further study in science. This course covers the topics of traditional high school physics courses such as classical mechanics, forces and energy (heat, sound, light, electrical), and new discoveries and theories. Topics are introduced and learned first by studying concepts. These topics are expanded utilizing mathematical applications and explanations. Through lab work and a variety of hands-on activities, students discover, study, and see illustrated many of the major underlying principles of the physical sciences. Lab safety and independent work are stressed.

Middle- and Upper-School STEM

The STEM courses at Scholé Academy have typically ranged from beginner programming to intermediate programming, and some mathematical reasoning and proofs. We are currently seeking dynamic instructors who have a vision for STEM courses. We would be willing to help you build a course which compliments our classical and scholé pedagogies. Are you interested in pioneering a new program? We want to hear from you!

Middle- and Upper-School Art

Scholé  Academy is seeking candidates who have knowledge for and experience in teaching art to middle and high school students. Instructors need to be able to envision how an interactive and engaging art class could be hosted virtually for students. Instructors will need to devise their course, build materials lists, design projects around themes, and help to build student artistic skills—all in harmony with our scholé learning philosophy.

Students will be encouraged to practice exercises taught in class and may need to work outside of class to complete projects. Along with hands-on studio work, students will participate in regular class critiques, creating a forum for the group to constructively collaborate and discuss creative outcomes. Individual artist statements will be required with most finished pieces of work, giving students another opportunity to articulate both their interpretive intent and their understanding of process and design concepts.

Introduction to Painting (Fall): Target Grades: 7-12
Throughout this course, students will explore art-making through the medium of paint. Our class time will include group demonstrations, individual instruction, work time, and class discussion. Students do not need any prior art experience. The class will start with the simple, foundational principles of shape and value. Course material will gradually build in complexity, ending with an emphasis on working from observation, creating dynamic compositions, and mixing colors. Students will practice thinking like artists—they will engage in the entire creative process, from generating ideas to making intentional decisions with each aspect of their work, and then reflecting on what they have made. Students can also expect ongoing dialogues about art in history, the Christian imagination in relationship to faith and the arts, and the role of the arts in the Church. The hope of the instructor is that, through engagement in the class, students will be brought to a deeper appreciation of the visual world and the creative love of its Maker.

Introduction to Illustration (Fall): Target Grades: 7-12
Through this course, students will be encouraged to explore the endless possibilities in illustration through a variety of mediums and illustrative styles. Students will develop narrative and sequential illustrations that clearly communicate ideas and are visually and aesthetically compelling. After experiencing the work of contemporary illustrators and identifying the qualities of successful illustrations, students will begin creating their own designs, original characters, and settings. Through demonstrations, personal instruction, and creative exercises, students will explore different subjects/compositions, textures, papers, and application techniques suitable for each unique medium. Students can also expect ongoing dialogues about contemporary illustrators, the rich history of Biblical imagery, and illustration in the Church. This course is supplemented by readings and reflections on art and faith by authors such as C.S. Lewis, Francis Shaffer, Pope John Paul II, and Makoto Fujimura, which will be provided by the instructor. The hope of the instructor is that, through engagement in the class, students will be brought to a deeper appreciation of the visual world and the creative love of its Maker.

Drawing with Color: Target Grades: 7-12
The aim of this course is to start building appreciation and understanding of color through dry media drawing tools. First, we will allow ourselves time to explore and delight in this complex, multifaceted element. We will examine the formal elements of color—how colors relate to each other—as well as its psychological effects. After experiencing some theories of color, students will begin learning to handle colored pencils and chalk pastels. Through demonstrations, personal instruction, and exercises, students will explore different subjects/compositions, textures, papers, and application techniques suitable for each unique medium.

Students will be encouraged to:

  • Explore formal color theory and the psychological/symbolic use of color
  • Experience and control a variety of dry color drawing media
  • Learn and practice safe and responsible use of art media, equipment, and studio space
  • Explore and develop personal concepts in creative expression
  • Create engaging compositions using art elements, including line, value, texture, space, shape, form, and depth
  • Develop and utilize specialized vocabulary in relationship to color, drawing, and visual art in general
  • Engage in a collaborative discussion that enhances understanding of their work as well as the work of others

Introduction to Portraiture: Target Grades: 7-12
The aim of this course is to instill in students both respect for the creation and reverence for the Creator while learning the methods and techniques of portraiture and figure drawing. Students will learn to create impactful portraiture in a variety of methods and mediums. Students will begin by learning foundational anatomy, such as the skeletal and musculature systems, in order to ground their skills in accuracy. While exploring figurative work, students will learn how to create expressive and dynamic forms through gestural mark-making. In this course, we will approach drawing our fellow men with a sense of wonder for God’s creation and a recognition that all persons are made in the image of God and are fearfully and wonderfully made. We will be continually informed in our studio practice by the Scriptures as well as texts such as The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis. While learning to appreciate and render the human form, we will continually discuss what it means to be made in the image of God and acknowledge that we are more than simply the bodies that we possess—we have eternal souls. Through demonstrations, personal instruction, and exercises, students will explore different subjects/compositions, textures, papers, and application techniques suitable for each unique medium. Students can also expect ongoing dialogues about the rich history of classical portraiture and figure drawing, contemporary portraiture, Christian imagination in relationship to faith and the arts, and the role of the arts in the Church. This course is supplemented by daily readings and reflections on art and faith by authors such as C.S. Lewis, Francis Shaffer, Pope John Paul II, and Makoto Fujimura, which will be provided by the instructor. The hope of the instructor is that, through engagement in the class, students will be brought to a deeper appreciation of the visual world and the creative love of its Maker.

Middle- and Upper-School STEM

The STEM courses at Scholé Academy have typically ranged from beginner programming to intermediate programming, and some mathematical reasoning and proofs. We are currently seeking dynamic instructors who have a vision for STEM courses. We would be willing to help you build a course which compliments our classical and scholé pedagogies. Are you interested in pioneering a new program? We want to hear from you!

Middle- and Upper-School Music

Scholé Academy will consider adding courses in Music in the 2022-2023 academic year. We are currently seeking dynamic instructors who have a vision for Music courses. We would be willing to help you build a course which compliments our classical and scholé pedagogies. Are you interested in pioneering a new program? We want to hear from you!

St. Raphael School Courses

Lower School Liberal Arts

Our liberal arts curriculum is designed to offer the heart of a classic literature based education integrated into a single course. Taught in the spirit of Orthodox Christianity through a restful (scholé) pedagogy, the courses span 6 levels on a two-year rotation, plus level 7, for a total of 13 years of unique material. Class sizes are limited so that interactions within the classroom are personal and cultivate depth of learning.

Middle School Liberal Arts

Our liberal arts curriculum is designed to offer the heart of a classic literature based education integrated into a single course. Taught in the spirit of Orthodox Christianity through a restful (scholé) pedagogy, the courses span 6 levels on a two-year rotation, plus level 7, for a total of 13 years of unique material. Class sizes are limited so that interactions within the classroom are personal and cultivate depth of learning.

Upper School Liberal Arts

Our liberal arts curriculum is designed to offer the heart of a classic literature based education integrated into a single course. Taught in the spirit of Orthodox Christianity through a restful (scholé) pedagogy, the courses span 6 levels on a two-year rotation, plus level 7, for a total of 13 years of unique material. Class sizes are limited so that interactions within the classroom are personal and cultivate depth of learning.

Lower School Greek

St. Raphael offers biblical Greek and contemporary Russian courses for beginning and continuing students. Studying Greek trains children in the art of grammar universal to all language, as well as giving them access to the New Testament and Septuagint, Byzantine hymnography, and Patristic writings in the original tongue. Russian is a new addition to St. Raphael School and opens possibilities for students to engage more deeply with the Slavic roots of many Orthodox churches.

Middle and Upper School Greek

St. Raphael offers biblical Greek and contemporary Russian courses for beginning and continuing students. Studying Greek trains children in the art of grammar universal to all language, as well as giving them access to the New Testament and Septuagint, Byzantine hymnography, and Patristic writings in the original tongue. Russian is a new addition to St. Raphael School and opens possibilities for students to engage more deeply with the Slavic roots of many Orthodox churches.

Middle and Upper School Russian

St. Raphael offers biblical Greek and contemporary Russian courses for beginning and continuing students. Studying Greek trains children in the art of grammar universal to all language, as well as giving them access to the New Testament and Septuagint, Byzantine hymnography, and Patristic writings in the original tongue. Russian is a new addition to St. Raphael School and opens possibilities for students to engage more deeply with the Slavic roots of many Orthodox churches.

Sacred Arts

The purpose of our Sacred Arts courses is to help students “grow in their love for God and the Church through deeper knowledge of theology, Scripture, saints, history, and spirituality” through iconography and Byzantine chant.

In Byzantine chant courses, students will immerse themselves in all aspects of the Psaltic Art by learning the Byzantine notational system (neumes), exploring Byzantine musical theory, studying the lives of the saints who contributed to sacred music, discovering the sources of Orthodox hymnography, and familiarizing themselves with the Church’s liturgical services. Students learn the basics of Byzantine chanting for use in Orthodox liturgical services. In addition to learning how to chant simple hymns in English, students will learn the special notation system used to write this form of Orthodox Church music, as well as the theory of the eight modes (tones).

In iconography courses, students will complete an icon in the traditional medium of egg tempera, gaining a foundation in the spirituality and artistic practices needed to continue in iconography, if desired. Students who take the course receive instruction in both the theology of iconography (sometimes called icon writing to stress the kinship with theology) and the artistic practices intrinsic to traditional iconography.

Lower School Catechism

The purpose of our catechism courses is to help students “grow in their love for God and the Church through deeper knowledge of theology, Scripture, saints, history, and spirituality.” Although catechism courses meet only once per week, students are given assignments that invite them to spend time during the week in prayer, writing, and study.

We offer five levels of catechism classes, each on a two-year rotation. This allows students to take up to 10 years of catechism classes without repeating any material. Students who have only taken one year of a given level are welcome and encouraged to take the second year before moving on.

Middle School Catechism

The purpose of our catechism courses is to help students “grow in their love for God and the Church through deeper knowledge of theology, Scripture, saints, history, and spirituality.” Although catechism courses meet only once per week, students are given assignments that invite them to spend time during the week in prayer, writing, and study.

We offer five levels of catechism classes, each on a two-year rotation. This allows students to take up to 10 years of catechism classes without repeating any material. Students who have only taken one year of a given level are welcome and encouraged to take the second year before moving on.

Upper School Catechism

The purpose of our catechism courses is to help students “grow in their love for God and the Church through deeper knowledge of theology, Scripture, saints, history, and spirituality.” Although catechism courses meet only once per week, students are given assignments that invite them to spend time during the week in prayer, writing, and study.

We offer five levels of catechism classes, each on a two-year rotation. This allows students to take up to 10 years of catechism classes without repeating any material. Students who have only taken one year of a given level are welcome and encouraged to take the second year before moving on.

Canterbury House of Studies Courses

Middle-School Canterbury House of Studies Courses

Canterbury House of Studies is grounded in classical Anglicanism as expressed in the Common Prayer tradition and the Anglican formularies. The Anglican way of praying the words of Scripture, and of reading the Bible prayerfully as well as systematically, is a gift to the whole Christian world, and most Christians would find value in it. All are welcome in Canterbury classes; all Christian traditions are respected.

Scholé Academy’s Canterbury House of Studies is seeking humanities instructors to join our faculty and accommodate continued growth in these courses. Experience teaching humanities to middle- or upper-school students is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable with (or be able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

The Early Church: Target Grades: 6-8
While Canterbury House is a program of studies dedicated to rediscovering and renewing a lively Anglican heritage of theology, scripture reading, and prayer, this course in Early Church History is the study of a time when the church was undivided in the sense of modern “denominations” but when there was still a diversity of opinions about the theological and doctrinal meaning of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. It is a course that would appeal to anyone interested in a survey of the Bible and the development of the beliefs, rites, and practices of the Early Church. We will be looking at biblical interpretation in a way that is as true to the Patristic (Early Church) understanding as possible.

Anglican Foundations: Target Grades: 6-8
Anglican Foundations: From Augustine to Cranmer studies the history of the church in England from the time when St. Augustine of Canterbury arrived on the shores of Kent to the English Reformation and the development of the distinctively Anglican Book of Common Prayer. We will trace key figures and issues that move the church in England through the Middle Ages and that lead to its break with Rome in the 16th century. We will read occasional primary documents and poetry to taste the flavor of the time. We will study the catechism published by Bishop Alexander Nowell in 1572 in order to understand Anglican teaching on the law, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the sacraments. Finally, we will ask the question: What is Anglicanism?

Middle School Readings in C.S. Lewis: Target Grades: 6-8
This course is designed for 6th–8th graders who want to dive deeply into C.S. Lewis’s more accessible writings. C.S. Lewis (1898–1963) is beloved today by Christians from all traditions due to his commitment to “mere Christianity” and his imaginative Christian engagement with culture through his fiction, essays, nonfiction works, poetry, and letters. Lewis was something of a “divine popularizer,” as he mined revelation and history for wisdom in order to make it accessible for contemporary audiences. Over half a century after his death, the Oxford educated writer, philosopher, and popular theologian still speaks through his many published works. Students will be expected to read 25-30 pages per week and must be ready each week to engage in Socratic dialogue on the material read. Additionally, students will keep a notebook for “commonplacing” in order to write down impactful ideas from the reading and will be given two writing assignments/presentations over the course of the year.

Jesus and the Gospels: Target Grades: 7-9
This course will approach the study of Jesus from a conservative Biblical perspective. Students will receive an overview of the Life and Ministry of Jesus as depicted in the Four canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Along the way they will not only analyze and discuss the Ministry of Jesus (from the Annunciation to Ascension), but through readings, lecture, and class discussion, they will be exposed to, and learn to defend in a scholarly way, the Gospels as truthful historical documents.

Upper-School Canterbury House of Studies Courses

Canterbury House of Studies is grounded in classical Anglicanism as expressed in the Common Prayer tradition and the Anglican formularies. The Anglican way of praying the words of Scripture, and of reading the Bible prayerfully as well as systematically, is a gift to the whole Christian world, and most Christians would find value in it. All are welcome in Canterbury classes; all Christian traditions are respected.

Scholé Academy’s Canterbury House of Studies is seeking humanities instructors to join our faculty and accommodate continued growth in these courses. Experience teaching humanities to middle- or upper-school students is preferred. Candidates should be comfortable with (or be able to learn to use) online teaching platforms and learning management software. They should be able to integrate standard course textbooks with online teaching tools appropriate to each course offering.

Upper-School Readings in Theology: Grades 9-10
The Canterbury House of Studies is a program dedicated to rediscovering and renewing a lively Anglican heritage of theology, scripture reading, and prayer. We will begin our readings in theology with the Patristic (ancient church fathers) and Medieval Periods before reading Anglican theologians of the Reformation and Modern Periods. In part, this will help us to see how Anglicanism builds upon the past, but in addition, these are also great works for any Christian to read. Students will read The Confessions of St Augustine of Hippo(c.400); Franciscan Bonaventure; John Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury; and Oliver O’Donovan. This course is suitable for rising 10th–12th graders who have strong reading skills and an interest in discussing philosophical and theological questions. This class asks for active intellectual engagement from the students. Assignments will be reading, often with short responses. Students are expected to read their assignments with attention and come to class prepared to engage in a discussion of the topics of the day. Students will also be asked to write end-of-semester essays in order to expand their personal thinking on selected topics. This class considers the cardinal virtues from the perspective of ancient philosophy and ancient, medieval, and modern theology, and always in the light of the Holy Scriptures. The theological virtues are explored through the via media of the English prayer book system and lectionaries.

Upper-School Advanced Readings in C.S. Lewis: Target Grades: 9-12
This course is designed for 9th–12th graders who want to dive deeply into C.S. Lewis’s more difficult writings. C.S. Lewis (1898–1963) is beloved today by Christians from all traditions due to his commitment to “mere Christianity” and his imaginative Christian engagement with culture through his fiction, essays, nonfiction works, poetry, and letters. Lewis was something of a “divine popularizer,” as he mined revelation and history for wisdom in order to make it accessible for contemporary audiences. Over half a century after his death, the Oxford educated writer, philosopher, and popular theologian still speaks through his many published works. Students will be expected to read 30-50 pages per week and must be ready each week to engage in Socratic dialogue on the material read. Additionally, students will keep a notebook for “commonplacing” in order to write down impactful ideas from the reading and will be given two writing assignments and one discussion to lead over the course of the year.

Services for Students with Learning Differences

Services for Students with Learning Differences

We are excited to offer assistance and support to students with specific learning differences! We offer support services to students these Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs):

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia

In 2020, Scholé Academy opened its Center for Students with Learning Differences—a new dimension to our existing Tutoring Center. We are looking for enthusiastic, classically-minded special needs educators to provide services to students in our online community. The Special Needs Instructor will come alongside the student’s parents and course instructors, as applicable, to support the student.

We are looking for qualified candidates for the role of Special Needs Instructor.

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