In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  Proverbs 3:6

Compass Community

A vibrant and growing
homeschool group
in Athens, GA

Monday Academic Program

Four great courses ~ One convenient price!
How it Works

Monday Academic Program (MAP) offers academic courses taught by qualified and experienced teachers.  Class time will be used for discussion, lessons, experiments, and activities;  homework will be assigned for the other days of the week.  In order to glean the most benefit from the classes, students will be held to a high standard, and teachers will expect work to be done well and in a timely manner.

The Monday Academic Program is based on the idea of Classical Education, and students will be grouped together for learning.  We encourage parents to select the grade that best fits the needs for their child.* Please see the schedule and class descriptions below to determine which grade level is best for your child.

*Compass teachers reserve the right to adjust as necessary. 
Costs
Monthly Tuition includes the full day of classes and is outlined below.  The only additional required payment is the standard registration fee ($40/family), facility fee ($15/student), and a science lab fee (TBD).
  • Monday Tuition for Grades 3-6 is $125/month. 
  • Tuition for Grade 7 is $150 (includes science lab on Wed.)
  • Tuition for Grades 8-10 is $175 (includes 2 period Spanish and science lab on Wed.)
  • For parents who simply want one or two classes, we do offer a la carte pricing. The prices can be found on the class description page on each course.
  • Parents are expected to supply all necessary books for their students' classes.
Classes will be closed as enrollment meets capacity.  In order to save spots for full time students, we may close a la carte options earlier.  If you are interested in a closed a la carte class, we can put you on the waiting list, and you will be notified in early August if a spot is available.

Closed "a la carte" classes (still open to new full-day students) :
  • Biology 
  • Literature & Composition  8th-10th grade
  • Literature & Composition  4th-5th grade
  • Ancient History 5th=8th grade
What is Classical Education?

Classical education is like a very large museum with many beautiful, wonder-filled rooms that could be studied over a lifetime. It is a long tradition of education that has emphasized the seeking after of truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books.


Classical education is so effective because of its approach to how and when students are taught. Regardless of their learning style, children learn in three phases or stages (grammar, logic or dialectic, and rhetoric), known as the trivium. In the grammar stage, students are building knowledge through exposure and memorization.  In the dialectic or logic stage (grades 7-9), students are naturally more argumentative and begin to question authority and facts. They want to know the “why” of something—the logic behind it.  The rhetoric stage (grades 10-12) is when students become independent thinkers and communicators.


Another key component to our choice of materials and curricula is integrated education.  Subjects should not be studied in isolation, but rather connected through all the disciplines.  When learning about the ancient Greeks in history, high school students will read The Odyssey for literature while perhaps writing an essay about the different types of sailing vessels or trade routes used around the Mediterranean Sea.  At the same time, elementary and middle school students will study the ancient Greeks as well - learning about the history and culture, reading historical fiction, and writing narrations and stories that tie it all together.  At home, children from all grades can talk and share about the interesting things they are learning and build on what each one is doing.  Studying the same period of history and the same discipline of science facilities conversations at home as children excitedly share what they have learned and add to their siblings' knowledge.

$125/month
Grades 2 & 3
Science
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for Life, students will learn about the World of Animals, the World of Plants, and the Human Body through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assigments, worksheets, and quarterly projects.
 Integrated History with
Elementary  Literature and Writing
Join us for an exciting journey through the Ancient World!  Starting with the days of creation and continuing through the Old Testament days, the ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley, Egypt, Greece, China, Babylon, and more, students will discover amazing new cultures and worlds.  Integrated into the study of history, students will read quality liteature and learn how to write narrations, summaries, stories, and more.  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading, writing assignments, and projects.  This is a 3-period class that will allow the students to have plenty of time to delve into exciting projects and hands-on learning.
 Recess and Study Hall
 Students may be picked up as early as 12:20 (before lunch) or immediately after lunch.  However, students are invited to get some energy out during a supervised recess time after lunch and then participate in a study hall period.  MAP Study Hall is designed as a time for students to focus on their work, especially math.  Since math is a subject that is hard to miss for one day, we encourge students to bring their math books and work on their assignments during study hall.  We will have teachers on hand who can help the students if they have trouble with a math problem while working.
$125/month
 Grade 4
Science
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for Life, students will learn about the World of Animals, the World of Plants, and the Human Body through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assigments, worksheets, and quarterly projects.  4th Graders will join with younger elementary students.
 Ancient History
Join us for an exciting journey through the Ancient World!  Starting with the days of creation and continuing through the Old Testament days, the ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley, Egypt, Greece, China, Babylon, and more, students will discover amazing new cultures and worlds.  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading, writing assignments, and projects. 4th Graders will join with younger elementary students.
  Upper Elementary Literature & Writing
Literature and Writing assignments will tie in with the history study as students learn to connect with themes and elements of literature in a meaningful way. The course will not only provide students with the opportunity to develop appreciation for quality literature, but also to develop the skill of discussing ideas in a group setting through skilled facilitation using Socratic questioning methods. The class will focus on exploring different genres of literature which may include some of the following: historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery, biography, and poetry/plays. For writing, students will learn both structure and style and we explore different forms of writing (essay, narrative, poetry, etc).  Some instruction and practice in grammar skills and vocabulary will be included. 4th graders will be combined with 5th graders.
  Optional Study Hall
Students may be picked up as early as 12:20.  However, students are invited to stay for lunch and recess and participate in a study hall period at the end of the day, especially if they have older siblings in class.  MAP Study Hall is designed as a time for students to focus on their work, especially math.  Since math is a subject that is hard to miss for one day, we encourge students to bring their math books and work on their assignments during study hall.  We will have teachers on hand who can help the students if they have trouble with a math problem while working.
$125/month
  Grade 5
Science
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for Life, students will learn about the World of Animals, the World of Plants, and the Human Body through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assigments, questions for each unit, and quarterly projects.
 Ancient History
 Join us for an exciting journey through the Ancient World!  Starting with the days of creation and continuing through the Old Testament days, the ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley, Egypt, Greece, China, Babylon, and more, students will discover amazing new cultures and worlds.  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading, writing assignments, and projects.
 Upper Elementary Literature and Writing
Literature and Writing assignments will tie in with the history study as students learn to connect with themes and elements of literature in a meaningful way. The course will not only provide students with the opportunity to develop appreciation for quality literature, but also to develop the skill of discussing ideas in a group setting through skilled facilitation using Socratic questioning methods. The class will focus on exploring different genres of literature which may include some of the following: historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery, biography, and poetry/plays. For writing, students will learn both structure and style and we explore different forms of writing (essay, narrative, poetry, etc).  Some instruction and practice in grammar skills and vocabulary will be included.
  Conversational Spanish
While not a "core" academic subject, foreign languages are often very hard for parents to teach at home.  This interactive class gives students the ability to have simple conversations in Spanish as they learn pronunciation and audio & visual recognition of words and phrases. We will also learn some culture of the Spanish-speaking world with different holidays throughout the year. Students will learn through songs, games, hands-on activities, and call-and-response practice. We will focus on conversational Spanish so that students will be able to talk about themselves and their daily life. Students are expected to practice and work at home so that they build long-term memory of Spanish
  Optional Study Hall
Students may be picked up as early as 1:40.  However, students are invited to participate in a study hall period at the end of the day, especially if they have older siblings in class.  MAP Study Hall is designed as a time for students to focus on their work, especially math.  Since math is a subject that is hard to miss for one day, we encourge students to bring their math books and work on their assignments during study hall.  We will have teachers on hand who can help the students if they have trouble with a math problem while working.
$125/month
Grade 6
Science
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for Life, students will learn about the World of Animals, the World of Plants, and the Human Body through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assigments, questions for each unit, and quarterly projects.
Ancient History
Join us for an exciting journey through the Ancient World!  Starting with the days of creation and continuing through the Old Testament days, the ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley, Egypt, Greece, China, Babylon, and more, students will discover amazing new cultures and worlds.  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading, writing assignments, and projects.
Literature
& Writing
Literature and Writing assignments will tie in with the history study as students learn to connect with themes and elements of literature in a meaningful way. The course will not only provide students with the opportunity to develop appreciation for quality literature, but also to develop the skill of discussing ideas in a group setting through skilled facilitation using Socratic questioning methods. The class will focus on exploring different genres of literature which may include some of the following: historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery, biography, and poetry/plays. For writing, students will learn both structure and style and we explore different forms of writing (essay, narrative, poetry, etc).  Some instruction and practice in grammar skills and vocabulary will be included.
  Conversational  Spanish
While not a "core" academic subject, foreign languages are often very hard for parents to teach at home.  This interactive class gives students the ability to have simple conversations in Spanish as they learn pronunciation and audio & visual recognition of words and phrases. We will also learn some culture of the Spanish-speaking world with different holidays throughout the year. Students will learn through songs, games, hands-on activities, and call-and-response practice. We will focus on conversational Spanish so that students will be able to talk about themselves and their daily life. Students are expected to practice and work at home so that they build long-term memory of Spanish
 Optional Study Hall
Students may be picked up as early as 1:40.  However, students are invited to participate in a study hall period at the end of the day, especially if they have older siblings in class.  MAP Study Hall is designed as a time for students to focus on their work, especially math.  Since math is a subject that is hard to miss for one day, we encourge students to bring their math books and work on their assignments during study hall.  We will have teachers on hand who can help the students if they have trouble with a math problem while working.
$150/month
Grade 7
  Apologia
General Science
Using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science, students will discuss such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and the human anatomy and physiology.  There will be a lot covered in this class! Through class discussion, labs, and many hands-on experiments, we will bring life to the at-home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge of science and the world around them.

*This class will be taught in 2 periods, split between Mondays and Wednesdays.  If your child is enrolled in the Monday Academic Program, both days are included in the cost of tuition.   Monday classes will include the instruction and lesson time; Wednesday classes will be devoted to the hands-on lab portion. 

 Ancient History
Join us for an exciting journey through the Ancient World!  Starting with the days of creation and continuing through the Old Testament days, the ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley, Egypt, Greece, China, Babylon, and more, students will discover amazing new cultures and worlds.  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading, writing assignments, and projects.
 Literature & Writing
 
Literature and Writing assignments will tie in with the history study as students learn to connect with themes and elements of literature in a meaningful way. The course will not only provide students with the opportunity to develop appreciation for quality literature, but also to develop the skill of discussing ideas in a group setting through skilled facilitation using Socratic questioning methods. The class will focus on exploring different genres of literature which may include some of the following: historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery, biography, and poetry/plays. For writing, students will learn both structure and style and we explore different forms of writing (essay, narrative, poetry, etc).  Some instruction and practice in grammar skills and vocabulary will be included.
 Conversational Spanish

While not a "core" academic subject, foreign languages are often very hard for parents to teach at home.  This interactive class gives students the ability to have simple conversations in Spanish as they learn pronunciation and audio & visual recognition of words and phrases. We will also learn some culture of the Spanish-speaking world with different holidays throughout the year. Students will learn through songs, games, hands-on activities, and call-and-response practice. We will focus on conversational Spanish so that students will be able to talk about themselves and their daily life. Students are expected to practice and work at home so that they build long-term memory of Spanish
 Optional Study Hall
Students may be picked up as early as 1:40.  However, students are invited to participate in a study hall period at the end of the day, especially if they have older siblings in class.  MAP Study Hall is designed as a time for students to focus on their work, especially math.  Since math is a subject that is hard to miss for one day, we encourge students to bring their math books and work on their assignments during study hall.  We will have teachers on hand who can help the students if they have trouble with a math problem while working.
$175
 Grade 8
Apologia General Science
Using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science, students will discuss such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and the human anatomy and physiology.  There will be a lot covered in this class! Through class discussion, labs, and many hands-on experiments, we will bring life to the at-home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge of science and the world around them.*This class will be taught in 2 periods, split between Mondays and Wednesdays.  If your child is enrolled in the Monday Academic Program, both days are included in the cost of tuition.   Monday classes will include the instruction and lesson time; Wednesday classes will be devoted to the hands-on lab portion.
  Ancient History
Join us for an exciting journey through the Ancient World!  Starting with the days of creation and continuing through the Old Testament days, the ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley, Egypt, Greece, China, Babylon, and more, students will discover amazing new cultures and worlds.  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading, writing assignments, and projects.
  English
8th grade students will do literature and writing with the 9th and 10th graders in order to help prepare them for high school level coursework.  while being taught the same material, 8th graders will be held to an age-appropriate standard for grading and expectations.  This 90 minute high school English course is a combination of literature and composition. The class includes a review of grammar skills and the teaching of intermediate composition skills. Emphasis in both semesters will be placed on vocabulary development, composition skills, critical reading, and critical writing skills.  Students will learn and improve skills in reading, analyzing, and writing about literature. Using short stories, novels, poetry, and drama, students will learn literary elements including plot and structure, characters, theme, setting, and point of view. Audio/visual materials will be used at times to supplement the historical events encountered within the readings. Students will also become familiar with recognizing literary devices such as allusions, parallelism, symbolism, and irony. This course will guide students in recognizing an author’s worldview and comparing it to the biblical worldview so that they may exercise discernment in all their reading. 
  Spanish I
This high school level class will give students the foundation to use Spanish in everyday life.  Students will develop practical language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through songs, games, videos, and real life practice scenarios. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to carry on basic conversations in Spanish covering time & date, weather, food, school, family, and their hobbies. Students will also receive grammar instruction on topics including verb conjugation, noun/adjective agreement, syntax, and other foundational concepts. The teacher will assign independent work to continue their learning on the remaining days of the week using the textbook Realidades I
*Monday/Wednesday course - in order to complete the class and count it for high school credit, students must attend class on both Mondays and Wednesdays. 
$175/month
 Grades 9 & 10
Apologia Biology

Using Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology, students will discuss such topics as body systems, classifications of species, the chemistry of life, ecosystems, and genetics. We will also take a look at the theory of evolution including macroevolution and microevolution. Through class discussion, labs (including dissection), and additional hands-on experiments we will bring life to the at-home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of science and the world around them.  Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology, along with a strong emphasis on the vocabulary of biology.  Parents are responsible to ensure that their student complete the necessary reading assignments prior to class each week. Parents will also be responsible for administering tests at home.

*This class will be taught in 2 periods, split between Mondays and Wednesdays.  If your child is enrolled in the Monday Academic Program, both days are included in the cost of tuition.   Monday classes will include the instruction and lesson time; Wednesday classes will be devoted to the hands-on lab portion. 

 Ancient History
 In this high school level course, students will understand ancient world history from a Christian perspective of faith in God and respect for the Bible. In addition to reading the history narrative about events, issues, and people from around the world and across the centuries, students will read the words of people who made history in original documents, speeches, poems, and stories.  A variety of writing assignments and hands-on project ideas will help students engage in what they are learning. In addition to a thorough survey of Western Civilization, the curriculum will offer significant coverage of Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  This course can be counted as an elective social studies credit on your child's high school transcript and will provide the depth and knowledge base needed to study Modern World History, a required social studies course, scheduled for 2018-2019.
  English I or English II
 
This 90 minute high school English course is a combination of literature and composition. The class includes a review of grammar skills and the teaching of intermediate composition skills. Emphasis in both semesters will be placed on vocabulary development, composition skills, critical reading, and critical writing skills.  Students will learn and improve skills in reading, analyzing, and writing about literature. Using short stories, novels, poetry, and drama, students will learn literary elements including plot and structure, characters, theme, setting, and point of view. Audio/visual materials will be used at times to supplement the historical events encountered within the readings. Students will also become familiar with recognizing literary devices such as allusions, parallelism, symbolism, and irony. This course will guide students in recognizing an author’s worldview and comparing it to the biblical worldview so that they may exercise discernment in all their reading. 
HONORS: This class will be offered as an optional Honors course. Honors students will complete all the assignments from the regular syllabus but also have additional outside reading (including one or two additional novels) and at least two extra papers. The Honors option will also require a Student Contract signed by the student, parent, and teacher. Completing the Honors option in addition to the regular coursework will allow the title “Honors” to be added to the student’s transcript. 
  Spanish I
This high school level class will give students the foundation to use Spanish in everyday life.  Students will develop practical language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through songs, games, videos, and real life practice scenarios. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to carry on basic conversations in Spanish covering time & date, weather, food, school, family, and their hobbies. Students will also receive grammar instruction on topics including verb conjugation, noun/adjective agreement, syntax, and other foundational concepts. The teacher will assign independent work to continue their learning on the remaining days of the week using the textbook Realidades I
*Monday/Wednesday course - in order to complete the class and count it for high school credit, students must attend class on both Mondays and Wednesdays. 
 
This 90-minute class will build on foundational knowledge to further students’ skills for using Spanish in everyday life. Students will continue developing practical language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through songs, games, videos, and real life practice scenarios. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to carry on basic conversations in Spanish including topics such as school & extracurricular activities, personal hygiene, celebrations & competitions, doctor visits, natural disasters, and movies. Students will also receive grammar instruction on topics including verb conjugation (present and past tense), noun/adjective agreement, syntax, and other foundational concepts. I will assign students independent work to continue their learning on the days we do not meet.  Required text: Prentice Hall – Realidades 2
*If you are not sure which Spanish class is appropriate for your child, please contact the instructor for placment.
 Study Hall
In order to make sure we offer classes that meet the needs of all our students, we also have included a study hall period during the day.  MAP Study Hall is designed as a time for students to focus on their work, especially math.  Since math is a subject that is hard to miss for one day, we encourge students to bring their math books and work on their assignments during study hall.  We will have teachers on hand who can help the students if they have trouble with a math problem while working.
 
 Note on High School Credits: Parents of high schoolers are responsible for keeping track of credits and transcripts.  Succesful completion of Spanish I, English I or II, Biology, and Ancient History can count as one credit each.