Courses available for 9th-12th Graders
Academic Boot Camp by Dr. Gary NorthThis 42-lesson course helps students to raise their grades. This includes students who attend a bricks-and-mortar school. Think of this course as an academic life preserver. But it is far more than a life preserver. Any student who enters high school in grade 9 without a mastery of the study skills I cover in this course is not going to maximize the next four years of formal education. These are the crucial years for mastering the skills of self-teaching. College will be nothing new for any student who masters these skills by age 15. Course Overview This course is free to members.
Personal Finance by Dr. Timothy Terrell
I teach this course from the point of view of a parent of teenagers, and I show students how the real world works. In parts of the course, I bring my 15+ years of experience as a teacher of college economics to bear, to show students how broader economic events can affect their personal finances. Course Overview Podcast Episode
9th Grade Courses
English 1: Autobiographies by Dr. Gary NorthYou will be reading autobiographies. These autobiographies will be your training ground for writing your own autobiography. By reading some of the best autobiographies ever written, you are going to learn what makes a good autobiography. You are also going to find out what detracts from an autobiography. These autobiographies will help you learn more about history. More important, they will help you organize your own thoughts. They will help you avoid errors that you otherwise would make. Course overview Podcast Episode
Mathematics 9: Alegbra 2 by Dr. Benjamin RichardsGrade 9 mathematics is a second-year algebra course which provides students with the necessary mathematical skills to succeed in college mathematics. In 9th grade, your student will master college level algebra including functions; complex numbers; matrices and determinants; systems of equations and inequalities; polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; conic sections; sequences and series; and counting and probability. Realistic problems provide your child with proficiency in applying algebraic concepts. After successfully completing 9th grade mathematics, your student be prepared to pass the CLEP™ College Algebra examination. Course overview Podcast Episode
Science 9: Physical Science by John HamiltonI will begin the course with introductory topics and background topics such as the Scientific method, measurements and units and definitions of the various fields within physical science. I next cover all of the major concepts in classical physics such as the laws of motion, vibrations, optics, electromagnetics, concepts of heat and work, momentum. I will then cover major concepts within chemistry such as the periodic table, atomic bonding, acids and bases, and chemical reactions. Once a firm foundation is laid in those topics we will discuss their applications in the other physical science fields of Astronomy, Geology, and Meteorology. Course overview. Podcast Episode
Public Speaking by Bradley Fish, Jr.In this class students will learn how to write and present a successful speech. The course includes: watching effective speeches from some of today’s best presenters and analyzing their strengths and weaknesses, learning how to get from a speech topic to a well-written speech, and pointers on how to deliver any speech effectively. Based on the programs used by Toastmasters International, a widely recognized community organization, this speech class will help any student work through the fear of public speaking and become a confident communicator. Course Overview. Podcast Episode
Business I by Dr. Gary NorthThis course teaches students the basics of business: goal-setting, time-management, salesmanship, business ethics, business theory, direct-response copywriting — the key skill that almost no business owners possess — and how to set up a business for $100. Course overview Podcast Episode
10th Grade Courses
English 2: Western Literature I by Dr. Gary North
This is a course in the history of Western literature from the Hebrews to the Renaissance. It is designed to be complementary to the course on the history of Western civilization, also from the Hebrews to the Renaissance. Both courses end in 1492. Course Overview Podcast Episode
Mathematics 10: Geometry and Trigonometry by David Paulus
The goal of this course is to teach you geometry in a way that is easy to understand. You will learn geometry through condensed and easy to follow lessons. The course avoids the traditional frustrations experienced by students through down-to-earth explanations in familiar terms, and it and walks students through proofs step-by-step. Course overview.
Biology by Jacob BearThis course begins with a definition of life, and the basic machinery of life, starting with the individual atoms and molecules that ultimately constitute this machinery. Building upon the knowledge of molecules, complex structures such as proteins and ultimately the cell, we will then study some of the smallest living things: unicellular (single-celled) organisms. Gradually we’ll learn about ever more advanced creatures, and the system biologists use to classify them. All of this will culminate in a study of the human body, the different structures within that system, and finally the human brain. Essentially you’ll know how living things work, from a single bacterium to the most complex multicellular organisms. Course overview Podcast episode
Western Civilization I to 1492 by Dr. Thomas WoodsThis 10th-grade course follows the history of the Western world, beginning with the Hebrews and continuing through classical Greece and Rome, the rise and spread of Christianity, the role of the Germanic peoples, the cathedrals and universities of the High Middle Ages, and concluding with the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery (up to 1492). Course Overview Podcast Episode
Business 2 by Richard EmmonsThis course will be offered in early 2016.
11th Grade Courses
Mathematics 11: Precalculus by David Paulus
The goal of this course is to teach you advanced mathematical concepts in a way that is easy to understand and to prepare you for calculus. You will learn precalculus through condensed and easy to follow lessons. The course avoids the traditional frustrations experienced by students through down-to-earth explanations in familiar terms. Precalculus is a bridge between the worlds of high school and college mathematics. This course focuses on advanced algebra and trigonometry. It also introduces basic calculus.
Precalculus helps students develop the mental discipline that will serve them throughout their lives. This course will help students develop reasoning and analytical skills which may be applied to problems outside the typical world of mathematics, and it will develop math skills that will help students perform well in standardized tests. This high school math course emphasizes higher order thinking skills and uses practical, real-life math examples to teach the material. Precalculus students learn concepts through lessons and practice.Course overview.
Chemistry by Kevin PoffChemistry is the science that deals with materials of the universe and the changes that these materials undergo. Chemistry is a required course for anyone planning on going into the hard sciences, medicine, and engineering This course prepares students for the CLEP Chemistry exam. Course Overview Podcast Episode
Western Civilization II from 1493 by Dr. Thomas WoodsThis course continues where Western Civilization to 1492 left off. You will gain the advantage of a second full year of Western civilization, getting to know the personalities and events that created the modern world. Course Overview Podcast Episode
Government 1A by Dr. Gary NorthThis course begins with the work of conservative sociologist Robert Nisbet who argued that the West had moved in the direction of totalitarianism in the first half of the 20th century, because “government” became synonymous with “the state.” The course takes a close look at Frederick Bastiat’s major work, The Law, written in 1850 which argued that the sole task of civil government to defend liberty, property, and personal safety; beyond this is the politics of plunder. The course covers 76 clichés of socialism, all from the perspective of Bastiat: an analysis of the politics of plunder. This is normally a freshman course. But it can be taken earlier or later. Course Overview Podcast Episode
Government 1B by Dr. Thomas WoodsThis 9th-grade course continues Government 1A. It is the fruit of over 20 years of learning and study on my part, summarized in a half-year course. The course is divided into the following sections: Government and a Free Society: Theory, Some Rationales for Government Action, Some Problems with Government Action, The Modern State, Government: Various Modern Systems, The Lessons of History, Unresolved Problems, The Rothbardian Critique, and Conclusions. Course Overview Podcast Episode
12th Grade Courses
English 4: American Literature by Dr. Gary NorthAmerican Literature is historical and begins with translations of Spanish literature of North America in the mid-16th century. Then it moves to Jamestown and New England in the 17th century. It ends in the early 21st century. Course Overview Podcast Episode
Physics by John HamiltonThis course will be available August 1, 2015.
Economics by Dr. Gary NorthThe study of economics is a battlefield. It always has been. Where wealth is involved, there is a lot of debate over who owns it, who ought to own it, and why. This course covers works by Robert Murphy, Murray Rothbard, Gary North, Henry Hazlitt, F. A. Hayek, Leonard E. Read, and Ludwig von Mises. Course Overview Podcast Episode
This course begins with what no other American history course does: a map. The map is from 1531. It resides in the Library of Congress. It is on the website of the Library of Congress. It was virtually unknown before the Internet. Today, it is all over the Web. It challenges every textbook on history. Because it cannot be explained in terms of prevailing assumptions about world history, it is simply not discussed. This is what historians do. When they cannot explain a document or artifact, they pretend that it does not exist. They pretend that readers will not discover it. That worked well before the World Wide Web. It does not work well today.
I teach students to consider what is officially impossible. I teach students to think, then dig deeper, then re-think.
This course requires students to read and analyze primary source documents. It requires them to read recent conventional opinions on historical figures, inventions, and events. It requires them to listen to my assessments of chronological developments in these areas: politics, law, economic history, and religious history. They must also look at maps. A lot is revealed by maps. Course Overview