St. Monica Academy provides a core curriculum of transferable high school courses with a classical pedagogy and a traditional liberal arts curriculum. At SMA, parents will find a school that helps prepare their children to model Christian virtue, communicate effectively, think logically, contribute to the common good, and pursue truth. In addition, they will discover comprehensive instruction in the conventional subjects that include theology, literature & writing, history, mathematics, laboratory science, and Latin.
Course Schedule 2021-2022
|3||Ancient Lit / Writing||Chemistry||Ancient Lit / Writing||Chemistry||Ancient Lit / Writing|
|4||Ancient Lit / Writing||Chemistry||Chemistry||Chemistry||Ancient Lit / Writing|
|Lunch Break||Latin 2||Latin 2||Latin 2||Lunch Break|
|5||Ancient History||Latin 1||Latin 1||Latin 1||Ancient History|
|6||Ancient History||Latin 1||Early Dismissal||Latin 1||Ancient History|
School starts at 8:15 a.m. and dismisses at 3:05 p.m. (Wednesday dismisses at 1:40 p.m.)
Course Descriptions 2021-2022
This course is designed for enthusiastic and disciplined learners. It is a grammar-based course with students reading original and edited works by the Ancients from day one. It is structured to follow an advanced High School curriculum; Latin I and II the first two years, Latin III – Selected Authors (or UWHS 103), and Latin IV – Caesar & Vergil (Advanced Placement).
Theology- Intro to Philosophy and Scripture
1st Semester – Intro to the Philosophy of the Human Person – This course introduces the complexity of our creation, giving context to the human person while attempting to answer life’s questions about who we are and why we are here. We explore our creation in the Image and Likeness of God by defining and understanding dignity, soul, passion, intellect, morality, and will. We will critically examine the modern confusion and distortions related to the dignity and nature of the human person. Reading: Catholic Bible, Catechism, excerpts from various authors: Cicero, Aquinas, Guardini, Hildebrand, Wojtyla (Pope St. John Paul), Crosby, etc.
2nd Semester – Sacred Scripture – This course presents an overview of Sacred Scripture with a focus on providing a clear framework for understanding the narrative of Salvation History and the development of basic principles of biblical interpretation. While an in-depth study of every book of the Bible is beyond the scope of a semester course, key texts, events, and figures are examined in detail with an emphasis on Jesus Christ and His Paschal Mystery as the culmination of God’s plan of salvation and the interpretive key for understanding both the Old and New Testaments.,
Geometry is available to qualifying middle and high school students. As part of St. Monica’s Walk to Math program, this course uses Saxon Geometry. Saxon’s classic “spiral” approach means that mathematical concepts are not segregated by chapter as is typical in traditional math courses. This constant review is beneficial within a Geometry course as it provides a natural bridge between Algebra I and Algebra II. Throughout the course, Geometry students will constantly be building upon concepts introduced in Algebra I (ex: simplifying radicals, factoring, and solving algebraic expressions) while entering the world of Euclid’s Geometry. By the end of the course, students will also be introduced to Algebra II foundations such as linear graphing functions, matrices, and trigonometry.
In this course, students will learn about the beauties and truths of numbers. Algebra is the branch of mathematics concerned with manipulating numbers and variables and their mixture through the study of polynomials. In Algebra II, we strengthen the foundations for all other advanced mathematics. By learning the rules of the language of mathematics, students will harness the power of abstraction. They will know how to convert problems from the English language to mathematical sentences (expressions, equations, and inequalities) and back. Along the way, we will hope to understand the world of Mathematics in the context of its long and deep history. In mathematics, we discover a reflection of the order, rationality, and immutability found in God’s divine nature. For, life—this created world—is good.
In this course, students will familiarize themselves with the emergence and continuation of the modern scientific enterprise of Chemistry. This is a “mastery-oriented curriculum” for high school students. “A mastery orientation requires that the curriculum cover fewer topics, and cover them more deeply… It is tempting to stick to the technical content and neglect teaching our students what science is and how science works. A critical component of the science teacher’s role is to help students learn to participate in a healthy, faithful, responsible dialog concerning what we know about the world from Scripture and what we know about the world from scientific inquiry… Wolfgang Goethe once wrote that ‘the history of science is science…’ Science is about modeling nature. Our models—theories—are never perfect and never complete, and as a result, they change over time. One of the best ways to help students grasp this is to get into the history of the subject—the scientists with their theories and discoveries”  This course will cover a variety of topics: Atoms, Substances, Atomic Structure, Periodic Law, Chemical Bonding, Molecular Theory, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Kinetic Theory, States of Matter, the Gas Laws, Solution Chemistry, etc.
In this course, students undertake rigorous examination of ancient history from pre-civilization to approximately 650 AD, or shortly after the origin of Islam. Emphasis is placed upon the Ancient Near East and Greco-Roman societies because of their foundational influence on Western civilization and the Judeo-Christian tradition. Students are expected to understand and articulate the basic chronology of ancient history, analyze historical events, and read primary source documents (e.g., Memphite Theology, Thucydides, Plutarch). All of this is accomplished in light of Christian confidence in God’s providence.
This course will read and discuss several ancient literary and philosophical texts, including Homer, the Psalms, Plato, and Aristotle. Readings will be supplemented with brief didactic sessions, followed by seminars. This class will also be a writing lab. Using The Institute for Excellence in Writing’s program, students will improve their writing skills by imitating different compositional structures and stylistic techniques. In addition, formal English grammar will be taught using” “Fix-It Grammar,” another of the IEW’s exceptional curricula.
Music Choral Ensemble
Students refine their individual vocal production and acquire choral ensemble techniques to contribute to precision, intonation, and quality of choral tone. Classic hymns of the Church and musical Psalm settings provide the course’s primary materials, which are chanted and sung in two- and three-part rounds and canons to develop the choristers’ sense of harmony and establish a foundation for 4-part choral singing. Performance opportunities are offered at Christmas and Spring Concerts, school masses, and other assemblies.
Building on prior knowledge of pitch, rhythm, melody, and harmony, students further their music literacy through note-reading and rhythmic analysis, with the goal of independently decoding and sight-singing unfamiliar musical texts. The instructor and choristers use the language of Solfege and accompanying hand-signs to analyze melodies. During rehearsal, regular theory lessons and aural skills exercise foster choristers’ musicianship, beneficial to any instrumental or vocal, solo, or ensemble pursuits in the student’s future.
The study of orchestral and other genres of music by great composers in the Western tradition may be offered depending on interest, schedule, and enrollment.
Students are introduced to the art production process, including planning, producing, and reflecting on art. This project-based course will explore a wide range of 2D and 3D media, skills, and techniques related to contemporary and historical art perspectives. Projects may include but not be limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, pottery, and sculpture. As a result, students develop technical skills, foster their expressive abilities, and employ the elements of art throughout the production process.