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Compass Community

A vibrant and growing
homeschool group
in Athens, GA

Monday Academic Program

How it Works

Monday Academic Program (MAP) offers academic courses taught by qualified and experienced teachers.  During class time on Mondays, teachers provide instruction, interactive lessons, discussions, and activities.  At home, students complete reading, do writing assignments, and work on projects that are assigned by the teachers.  The planning, grading, and structure is provided by the MAP teachers, but parents still fill an essential role as they help their child(ren) throughout the week to work on their assignments.  

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 classical education model where students are grouped together by learning stage, history is studied in a chronological format, and lessons are cross-curricular.  
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 (see course descriptions).
  • Monday Tuition for Grades 2-6 is $125/month. 
  • Tuition for Grade 7 is $150 (includes science lab on Wed.)
  • Tuition for Grades 8-10 without Spanish is $150 (includes science lab on Wed.)
  • Tuition for Grades 8-10 with Spanish I or II is $175 (includes science lab on Wed. and M/W Spanish class)
  • 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 ** Full Day Program for grades 4 and 5.  If interested, please register to be on the waiting list.  


Students can "cross" between grade levels as needed.

What is Classical Education?

As described in The Well Trained Mind, 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 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 or cross-curricular 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.

Course Descriptions

Parents should select the grade level that best fits the needs of their child.*
*Compass teachers reserve the right to adjust as necessary. 

$125/month
Grades 2 & 3
Science
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for Chemistry and Ecology, students will learn about atoms and molecules, ecosystems, and elementary chemistry through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assignments, worksheets, and quarterly projects.
 Integrated History and Literature

Join us for an exciting journey through the Medieval World!  Our Monday Academic Program history classes has embarked on a four-year chronological study of history. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas―find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Using Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages, students will cover the major historical events in the years 400 to 1600 CE, as well as answering fun questions like Who discovered chocolate? What happened to the giant Fovor of the Mighty Blows? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land?  

Integrated into the study of history, students will read quality literature 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.  Students have the opportunity to delve into exciting projects and hands-on learning.

Composition & Grammar
Students will also begin studying grammar through daily practice exercises that can be applied to their writing assignments.  Short weekly writing assignments will guide these young writers through the steps of forming ideas, creating paragraphs, and writing stronger sentences.
  Arts & Crafts
 Students in grades 2 & 3 will start the day with some simple arts and crafts activities.  Projects will range from fun, seasonal activities to crafts and activities that tie into the science and history curriculum.
$125/month
 Grades 4 & 5 
Science
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for Chemistry and Ecology, students will learn about atoms and molecules, ecosystems, and elementary chemistry through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assignments, comprehension questions, worksheets, and quarterly projects.
 Medeival History

Join us for an exciting journey through the Medieval World!  Our Monday Academic Program history classes has embarked on a four-year chronological study of history. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas―find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Using Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages, students will cover the major historical events in the years 400 to 1600 CE, as well as answering fun questions like Who discovered chocolate? What happened to the giant Fovor of the Mighty Blows? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land?  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading and projects, especially for students in the older grades.

  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. 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 use the IEW themed writing book, Fables, Myths, and Fairytales as they learn both structure and style in IEW's tried and true methods. Students will have daily grammar practice to help reinforce strong writing skills.
  Arts & Crafts
Students in grades 4 & 5 will end the day with some fun arts and crafts activities.  Projects will range from fun, seasonal activities to crafts and activities that tie into the science and history curriculum.  On nice weather days, we may go outside for recess.
$125/month
Grade 6
Science
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for Chemistry and Ecology, students will learn about atoms and molecules, ecosystems, and elementary chemistry through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assignments, comprehension questions, worksheets, quizzes, and quarterly projects.
Medieval History
Join us for an exciting journey through the Medieval World!  Our Monday Academic Program history classes has embarked on a four-year chronological study of history. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas―find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Using Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages plus supplements like The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia and Famous Men of the Middle Agesstudents will cover the major historical events in the years 400 to 1600 CE, as well as answering fun questions like Who discovered chocolate? Who was Marco Polo? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land?  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading and projects, especially for students in the older grades.
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 use IEW's Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons  as they learn both structure and style in IEW's tried and true method. Students will have daily grammar practice to help reinforce strong writing skills.
  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.  Students will learn new vocabulary and phrases, so new and returning students will all have a lot to learn!
$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. 

 Medieval History
Join us for an exciting journey through the Medieval World!  Our Monday Academic Program history classes has embarked on a four-year chronological study of history. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas―find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Using Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages plus supplements like The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia and Famous Men of the Middle Agesstudents will cover the major historical events in the years 400 to 1600 CE, as well as answering fun questions like Who discovered chocolate? Who was Marco Polo? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land?  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading and projects, especially for students in the older grades.
 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 use IEW's Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons  as they learn both structure and style in IEW's tried and true method. Students will have daily grammar practice to help reinforce strong writing skills..
 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.  Students will learn new vocabulary and phrases, so new and returning students will all have a lot to learn!
$150 
$175 with Spanish
 Grades 8 & 9
Apologia Physical
Science*
Using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science, students will discuss such topics as the Earth, Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, and Lithosphere; Weather; an introduction to Physics and Chemistry; Newtons' Laws; and the Solar System, Stars, and Galaxies.  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.  *Physical Science can be counted as a high school credit course, and it is open to students in grades 8-12.  High school level students can choose between chemistry or physical science regardless of what other MAP classes they are taking.
  World 
History
Join us for an exciting journey through world history!  Starting a brief overview of ancient history, students will travel through the Renaissance to the 21st century using Notgrass Exploring World History vol. 2 .  The class will provide a thorough survey of Western Civilization with significant coverage of Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading, writing assignments, and projects.
  English
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. We will use IEW's World History based writing book as a guide as we work to improve outlining and note-taking skills, vocabulary usage, sentence variety, organization of paragraphs, and more.  
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. 
$150 
$175 with Spanish
 Grades 10 & 11
Apologia Chemistry

Using Apologia's Exploring Creation with Chemistry, students will discuss such topics as classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids, and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structures, molecular geometry, gas laws, and more.  Completion of Algebra I is necessary before taking this course. Labs are “hands-on” and some virtual. Weekly work will consist of reading the text, completing the "On Your Own" questions, doing the review questions/problems and completing the study guides. Tests will be administered by parents at home after each module and turned in class for grading. In Class Learning: The beginning of class will be spent explaining concepts discussed in the text, answering questions, reviewing, explaining lab procedures, and making sure that students have adequate knowledge of the material. Wednesday's class is strictly the lab and will involve performing experiments that will help “bring to life” what we’ve learned. Occasionally, brief quizzes will be given in class. A syllabus will be provided PRIOR to the first day of class.
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. 

 World History
Join us for an exciting journey through world history!  Starting a brief overview of ancient history, students will travel through the Renaissance to the 21st century using Notgrass Exploring World History vol. 2 .  The class will provide a thorough survey of Western Civilization with significant coverage of Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  Classtime will incorporate instruction and hands-on activities, while homework will include outside reading, writing assignments, and projects.
  English II or English III
 
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. 
  Spanish II
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 placement.
 
Note on High School Credits: Parents of high schoolers are responsible for keeping track of credits and transcripts.  Succesful completion of Spanish I, Spanish II, English I, II, III, Chemistry, Physical Science, and World History can count as one credit each.

 Please refer to GHEA and GADOE to know your responsibilities as a homeschooling parent and standard GA graduation requirements