Curriculum

Course Descriptions

Theology    

All Christian education should have at its heart a quest for knowing God.  Formally, this quest involves theology.  Since theology pertains to all of life (just as God Himself does), the theology course is often matched to relevant topics in the humanities and science.  This allows for fruitful cross-pollination of thought.  Each theology course has three components: foundations to the faith, the faith itself, and the outworking of faith in daily living.

Humanities

This course combines history and literature into a double-credit course of reading and writing.  The aim of this course is to give a broad overview of Western Civilization and American history.  The main historical narrative (key events and figures) is usually presented in a lecture, rather than through a textbook.  Reading mainly involves primary sources, which let the era speak for itself. Writing consists mainly of essays and book reviews.  Basic facts are often learned with the aid of an introductory grammar, usually in the form of a catechism.  Each course proceeds chronologically, keeping on center stage the works of God, whose deeds are great and just.

Since the humanities course is double-credit, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors should expect in this class to do twice the work of another reading course (e.g. theology).

Seniors take a “Public Policy” course, which covers the three main topics discussed in the American public square—politics (fall term), economics (winter term), and medicine/ethics (spring term). Each term has half a credit of work.  This workload enables the course to fulfill the requirement of the state of Michigan, that each student must have a half-credit of American civics.

Science    

In addition to learning the core of a science by completing a full academic textbook, coursework for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors also includes learning the history of the science as well as exploring its “poetry” or larger meaning.  Labs and field trips are interspersed.  At the end of each term, students give presentations.  Overall, the goal is not mastery, but familiarity, enabling intelligent interaction for a lifetime.

Seniors take a rhetoric course, which teaches the art of writing and speaking well.  In the spring, students listen to classic speeches in American history, and compose and give their own speeches.

Language    

The academy offers Greek, a core language of Western Civilization. This gives students a better comprehension of scientific terms, English vocabulary, theological concepts, and ancient culture in general.  Knowing Greek is especially precious to a Christian, since Greek is the language of the New Testament. Classes concentrate on vocabulary, grammar, and translation (both from and to Greek).

Latin vocabulary and phrases are taught with the Logic and Rhetoric classes.

Mathematics    

Freshmen and sophomores take geometry and algebra, in that order.  Geometry is taken first, because it coincides with learning about the Greeks, and allows for algebra to be taken in sequence.  Juniors and seniors take advanced algebra and trigonometry in preparation for calculus. In the future, the academy plans to offer calculus and business math as options.

Each class usually covers two lessons.  Parents must oversee the integrity of testing and grading.