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Latin Courses

At Coram Deo Academy we believe that Latin is a key that unlocks the other western languages and allows us to interact with the great thinkers of the ages on their own terms and in their own voices. Latin also enhances a person’s facility with English, so he understands the writings of others as well as writing clearly and pointedly himself. Our desire is that all students finish four years of Latin at the high school level.

Latin I: Classical Readings (prerequisite Junior High Latin A and B)

Using Wheelock’s Reader, students will practice translating small portions of classical texts, eventually graduating to longer excerpts. Wheelock has organized these readings in a logical and efficient manner that is conducive to quick learning.

Latin II: The Aeneid

Students will spend the year reading and translating the highest achievement of classical Latin, Virgil’s Aeneid. Clyde Farr’s edition is designed to facilitate ease of reading so the student advances rapidly in his understanding of Virgil’s epic poetry.

Latin III: The Confessions

Students will translate St. Augustine’s ground-breaking autobiography, and in it find the great theologian’s mind through his use of Late Latin. The older student will especially enjoy being able to interact with Augustine’s thoughts as well as his unique phrasing and poetic sense.

Latin IV: Cicero and Prose Composition

Students will read the works of Rome’s greatest orator, at an age when they themselves have developed their rhetorical skills. They will present Cicero’s speeches both in Latin and their own English translations, and finish the year by composing and delivering their own oration to the high school and invited guests.


Mathematics Courses

The Ancients believed the accomplished man needed to be educated in both the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, and the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. Coram Deo Academy is dedicated to producing mathematicians, young people able to understand the language in which God wrote the universe. We agree with the one who observed, “Man did not invent math, he merely discovers it.” Mastery of mathematics allows an individual to relate to his world in a way that no other discipline does, and each of our students will complete four years of study.

Algebra

Algebra I is the first step in the quadrivium. This course is the entryway and crucial foundation to higher mathematics, the bridge from concrete to abstract. Real numbers and their properties, quadratic equations, linear equations, polynomials, exponents, algebraic fractions, radical equations, inequalities, and functions are covered with an emphasis on application of these principles to real world problem-solving. The text, Algebra I: Expressions, Equations, and Applications, 3rd Edition (Foerster; Pearson Education, pub) is thorough yet accessible. The course is usually taken by freshman, but is open by permission to advanced 8th-graders. (5 credits)

Algebra II

This course builds on and extends the concepts first seen in Algebra. The student will deal with equations and inequalities, linear equations and functions, linear systems, matrices, quadratic functions and factoring, polynomials and polynomial functions, rational exponents and radical functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational functions, conic sections, permutations, combinations and probability, data analysis and statistics, sequences, and series. The text is Algebra 2 (Larson; McDougal-Littell, pub.).

Geometry

Geometry is the second step in the quadrivium. The student will deal with points, lines, planes and angles, deductive and inductive reasoning, if-then statements, parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles, geometric proof, quadrilaterals, inequalities, indirect proof, ratio, proportion and similarity, similar polygons, right triangles, circles, tangents, arcs, chords, angles, geometric construction and loci, area and volume, geometric probability coordinate geometry, and transformations. The textbook is Goemetry (classic edition) (Jurgensen, Brown, Jurgensen; Houghton-Mifflin, pub.).

Precalculus – Trigonometry

This course draws together the lessons of algebra and geometry in preparation for the more advanced work of calculus. The student will cover equations and inequalities, functions and their graphs, transformations of functions, parametric relations and inverses, modeling with functions, power and rational functions, polynomials, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry and applications, systems and matrices, conic sections, permutations, combinations and probability, sequences, series, and statistics. The textbook is Pre-Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic, 7th edition (Demana, Waits, Kennedy, Foley; Addison-Wesley, pub.).

Calculus

This course is the crown of the math department. It is taught at a level intended to thoroughly prepare the student for a college-level math courses. The student will cover functions and graphing, limits and continuity, derivatives and differentiability, derivative applications, finite sums, definite integral, slope fields, applications of definite integrals, sequences, L’Hopital’s Rule, Infinite Series, parametric and polar functions. The textbook is Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic, 3rd edition, AP edition (Demana, Waits, Kennedy, Foley; Prentice Hall, pub.).


Music Courses

At Coram Deo we believe students are not fully equipped for life until they have an appreciation for great music and are trained in its performance. This does not mean that every student will become a virtuoso, but that each student will be able to enjoy the music around him and participate in it.

Choir

The purpose of this course is to train all students in music and performance. The curriculum includes reading and understanding musical notation and symbols; pitch and blending; and proper performance techniques.

Cantemus

Cantemus (from Latin, “Let us sing”) is Coram Deo’s audition choir. It is open to students who have the skills and desire to go beyond the choir class into music more demanding. Comprised of approximately eight students, Cantemus regularly sings at our Open Houses and yearly Banquet.


Science Courses

At Coram Deo Academy we believe God created the natural universe and imposed order on it. Nature’s unimaginable beauty and complexity lead us to say with the Psalmist, “The heavens declare the glory of God!” The study of the rules nature and the definition imposed on it is what we know as science. Coram Deo students are expected to take four years of science and gain a deep understanding of the working of the natural world.

Biology

Coram Deo Academy is committed to the view that life comes from God the Creator. This class asks the question, “How does life function in the natural world?” Approaching biology from a modern, cell theory basis, the students will gain a thorough understanding of cell structures and functions, genetics, microorganisms and plants, animal and human systems, and environmental factors. Evolution is taught with the purpose that students understand the reasoning behind the theory, its explanatory powers, and its ultimate shortcomings. Texts used are Biology (Miller and Levine; Pearson Education, pub.) and Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition (Wile and Durnell; Apologia Educational Ministries, pub.).

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of matter and its properties and thus, deals with the makeup of the entire physical universe. This course explores, through written text and laboratory investigations, the basic concepts of stoichiometry, atomic properties, molecular bonding, redox and acid/base reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. In addition, the student learns two skills applicable to other science-related fields – systematic problem solving and, as Martin Silberberg wrote, learning “to see a hidden level of the universe” through the mind’s eye. Texts used are Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd Edition (Wile; Apologia Educational Ministries, pub.), and Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change, 4th Edition (Silberberg; McGraw-Hill, pub.).

Physics

Physics is the science of matter, energy and their interactions. The student with a firm mathematical foundation can do well in this course. Topics covered include motion, Newton’s Laws and applications, Kinetic and potential energy, uniform circular motion, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, wave motion, optics, electricity and electrical circuits. The text is Exploring Creation with Physics (Jay Wile; Apologia Educational Ministries, pub.).

Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology introduces the student to the structure and function of the most complex organism on this planet – the human body. This course, an in-depth study of the human body systems from anatomical, physiological, and histological perspectives, exposes the student to the reality that he/she is fearfully and wonderfully made. Not only does this course give a solid foundation for students interested in a future in life sciences or health-related fields but every student’s general vocabulary will be enhanced by the mastery of terminology built on Greek and Latin derivatives.