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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).
  • Full Day Tuition Pricing
    • Grades 2-7 ... $125/month.
    • Grades 8 & 9A with physical science ... $150/month
    • Grades 9B -12 with biology, Lit & comp, and history ... $150
    • Grades 10-12 with env. sci., Lit & comp, and history ... $130
  • Optional Spanish Add-on for 8th- 12th grade: Add Spanish I or II for an extra $35/month (includes M/W class)
  • For parents who simply want one or two classes, we do offer a la carte pricing. 
    • $30/period for grades 3-6, or $60 for a 2 period class
    • $35/period for grades 7-12
    • $65 for a 2 period class for grades 7-12
  • 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.
High School American Literature and composition is closed (waiting list available).  Other high school classes are still open a la carte.

Students can "cross" between grade levels as needed.

Book List (Some books are still being selected for Language Arts and English classes).


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 settling of America in history, high school students may read The Scarlet Letter for literature while perhaps writing an essay justice and judgment.  At the same time, elementary and middle school students will study the founding of America 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 3 & 4
Science
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for the Physical World, students will learn about heat & energy, machines & motion, and inventions & technology 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 early modern world with a focus on American History!  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 3: Early Modern Times, students will cover the major historical events in the years 1600-1850 CE with a focus on American History.

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 and grammar assignments wil be found in the student text, Rod and Staff, which will guide these young writers through the steps of forming ideas, creating paragraphs, and writing stronger sentences.
  Arts & Crafts
 Students in grades 3 & 4 will end the day with a class on art through history where they will learn about historical artists and art movements and create representations of the art studied.  
$125/month
 Grades 5 & 6
Science
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for the Physical World, students will learn about heat & energy, machines & motion, and inventions & technology through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assignments, worksheets, and quarterly projects.
 Early Modern
 History

Join us for an exciting journey through the early modern world with a focus on American History!  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 3: Early Modern Times, students will cover the major historical events in the years 1600-1850 CE with a focus on American History.

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.

  Literature & Composition
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 Rod and Staff's English series, a comprehensive and thorough (albeit old-fashioned) writing and grammar program.  Students will learn how to write strong sentences and paragraphs, friendly letters, stories, and poems.
  Arts & Crafts
 Students in grades 5 & 6 will end the day with a class on art through history where they will learn about historical artists and art movements and create representations of the art studied.  
$125/month
Grade 7
Science
Using Answers-in-Genesis’ God’s Design for the Physical World, students will learn about heat & energy, machines & motion, and inventions & technology through engaging hands-on activities and experiments. Students will be expected to complete at-home reading assignments, worksheets, and quarterly projects.
 American  History
Join us for an exciting journey through American History!  Our Monday Academic Program history classes has embarked on a four-year chronological study of history.  Using All American History: Uniting America's Story Piece by Piecestudents will cover the major historical events from the discovery of the New World to America in modern times. Classtime will incorporate instruction and group activities, while homework will include outside reading and projects.
 Literature & Composition
 
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, assignments will tie in with the literature selected, and students will work on building strong, detailed, well-constructed paragraphs, essays, and stories.  For daily grammar review, we will use Easy Grammar Ultimate Series.
 Art
   Students in grade 7 will begin the day with a class on art through history where they will learn about historical artists and art movements and create representations of the art studied.  
$150 
$185 with Spanish
 Grades 8 & 9A
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 over 2 periods in order to allow sufficient time for discussion and labs. 
*Physical Science can be counted as a high school credit course, and it is open to students in grades 8-12.  
  U.S. 
History
Join us for an exciting journey through American History!  Our Monday Academic Program history classes has embarked on a four-year chronological study of history.  Using All American History: Uniting America's Story Piece by Piecestudents will cover the major historical events from the discovery of the New World to America in modern times. Classtime will incorporate instruction and group activities, while homework will include outside reading and projects. 
  Literature and Composition
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, assignments will tie in with the literature selected, and students will work on building strong, detailed, well-constructed paragraphs, essays, and stories.  For daily grammar review, we will use Easy Grammar Ultimate Series.
   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. 
$130/$150  
$165/$185 with Spanish
 Grades 9B, 10, 11, 12
9B is offered as an advanced track for 9th graders.
Choice of Science
BIOLOGY with LAB: This biology course is designed to fill one lab science credit for high school students.  The text book provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Please note that this course does not contain a discussion of human anatomy and physiology. Lab work will include microscope labs and plenty of dissection!
This class is offered during two periods to allow sufficient time for lesson and lab work.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: This Environmental Science is a year-long high school science class designed to show thematic connections between a variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, and physics. It gives students a coherent and realistic picture of the applications of a variety of scientific concepts as they manifest in our environment. Topics covered inlcude ecology, mineral and energy resources, population, ecosystems, biomes, biodiversity, climate change, land, water, air, and agriculture.  The aim of this course to increase students' knowledge of the environmental challenges of today while continuing to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.  This course will satisfy one high school science credit.  Classtime will include lessons and labs.

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 over 2 periods in order to allow sufficient time for discussion and labs. 
 U.S.   History
 American, or US, History is a required high school course focusing on the study of  American history from 1600 to the present. Using All American History: Uniting America's Story Piece by Piece, students will participate in the examination of the discovery of America, the colonization era, the founding of a nation, the Civil War, the Progressive Era, The Jazz Age, world wars and cold wars, depression, civil rights, Watergate, and America today. An in-depth investigation of historical events and periods, the fostering of multicultural awareness, the recognition of ethical, civic, and democratic values present in American history, and the development of a historical perspective in relation to contemporary events represent the major aspects of the course. 
Honors option available.
  English I,  II,  III, or IV
 
This 90 minute high school English course is a combination of literature and composition. 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  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.
* 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.
 
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, IV, Biology, Environmental Science, Physical Science, and U.S. 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