Through the assessment process your advisor will help you...

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Choose a Historical Cycle

Cycle selection based on your child's composition and reading skills, and aligning your family's studies.

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Choose a Science

Science selection based on math skills, any course prerequisites, and aligning your family's studies.

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Choose a Math Program

Program selection based on math skills mastered, learning style, and your student's goals.

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Select English Mechanics

Personalize the study of skills that complement composition instruction: punctuation, grammar, spelling, and penmanship.

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Select a Language

We prefer students study Latin for at least two years in high school, but gladly accept German, Italian, French, or Spanish.

The Greek Studies cycle includes the typical course options for Grade 10.study guides for Grade 10  

The daily lesson plans, study tools, and detailed assignment information are available to the student in the high school semester study guides.  The semester study guides that accompany this set of course recommendations are the Greek Studies I, B Track and Greek Studies II, B Track guides.  
 
The recommended science for this year is Astronomy.
 
Students in high school study six, full-time academic courses each semester; these are called their "Key Courses."  After completing the annual skills assessment, the Academic Packet prepared by your planning advisor will include personalized recommendations for math, English Mechanics, languages, electives, and tips to help narrow down the course options for each semester.
 
KEY COURSES:  Here are the standard courses recommended for each semester.  See the KEY COURSES WORKSHEET for the full "Required Credits for Graduation" list that details how many credits are required in each subject area and which St. Thomas Aquinas Academy courses students are required to complete as part of their diploma program.
 
SEMESTER 1
  • Key Course 1: Essay Writing B w/English Mechanics
  • Key Course 2: Math
  • Key Course 3: Greek Literature I
  • Key Course 4: Old Testament I
  • Key Course 5: Greek History I
  • Key Course 6: Astronomy I
  • Electives: Languages, Physical Education, community-based fine arts
SEMESTER 2
  • Key Course 1: Logic w/English Mechanics
  • Key Course 2: Math
  • Key Course 3: Greek Literature II
  • Key Course 4: Choose one: Old Testament II, Greek History II, or Languages
  • Key Course 5: Choose one: Greek Playwrights or community-based fine arts
  • Key Course 6: Choose one: Astronomy II or Languages
  • Electives: Languages (Latin, German, French, Italian, or Spanish), Physical Education, community-based fine arts
 

LANGUAGE ARTS

Essay Writing (EWG-B) [Semester 1]

  • Semester 1: Greek Studies IB Study Guide, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Jensen's Format Writing, Frode Jensen
  • Great Writing: A Reader for Writers [ORDER USED], Harvey S Wiener and Nora Eisenberg
  • Writing Handbook, Michael P. Kammer and Charles W. Mulligan
  • DOWNLOAD: Essay Worksheets: Basic & Advanced,
  • Jensen’s Grammar (Textbook, Tests and Answers), Frode Jensen
  • Jensen's Punctuation: A Complete Guide to All Your Punctuation Needs, Frode Jensen
  • General Punctuation Rules Reference (GPR), St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Self-Instruction in Handwriting [or other formal, daily cursive penmanship practice], Zaner-Bloser
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Synonym Finder, J. I. Rodale
  • Optional: Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition,
  • Optional: MLA 9 Simplified: Easy Way Guide to MLA Handbook: Updated for the MLA 9th Edition Handbook (Student Citation Styles), Appearance Publishers
  • Optional: Fall Live Class: Essay Writing B, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

High School Penmanship [Semester 1 and 2]

  • Self-Instruction in Handwriting [or other formal, daily cursive penmanship practice], Zaner-Bloser
 

Logic A (LOG-A) [Semester 2]

  • Semester 2: Greek Studies IIB Study Guide, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Traditional Logic I Basic Set, 3rd Edition, Martin Cothran
  • Socrates Meets Jesus: History's Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ, Peter Kreeft
  • Jensen’s Grammar (Textbook, Tests and Answers), Frode Jensen
  • Jensen's Punctuation: A Complete Guide to All Your Punctuation Needs, Frode Jensen
  • General Punctuation Rules Reference (GPR), St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Self-Instruction in Handwriting [or other formal, daily cursive penmanship practice], Zaner-Bloser
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition,
  • Optional: Spring Live Class: Logic, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

GEOMETRY

Thumbnail example of the packet of recommendations prepared for each student by the planning advisor.

Geometry [Semester 1 and 2]

Math placement determined through the skills assessment and discussion with teaching-parent. St. Thomas Aquinas Academy regularly uses Saxon, Jacobs Algebra, Jacobs Geometry, and Math U See. VideoText, Teaching Textbook, and community college courses are also accepted.
  • Geometry (Jacobs): Student Text, Harold R Jacobs
  • Geometry (Jacobs): Teachers Manual, Harold R Jacobs
 

RELIGION

Old Testament I (OT1-B) [Semester 1]

  • Semester 1: Greek Studies IB Study Guide, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Introduction to the Bible, Fr. John Laux
  • The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition,
  • Ruled Index Cards, 3 x 5 Inches, White, 100 Pack,
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church, U.S. Catholic Church
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: The Bible Timeline Chart, Jeff Cavins, Sarah Christmyer
  • Optional: Catholic Bible Indexing Tabs,
  • Optional: Fall Live Class: Old Testament IB, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

Old Testament II (OT2-B) [Semester 2]

Choose between Greek History II (GH2-B), Old Testament II (OT2-B), and Languages for this semester.
  • Semester 2: Greek Studies IIB Study Guide, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Introduction to the Bible, Fr. John Laux
  • The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition,
  • Ruled Index Cards, 3 x 5 Inches, White, 100 Pack,
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church, U.S. Catholic Church
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Spring Live Class: Old Testament II, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

SOCIAL STUDIES / WORLD HISTORY

Greek History I (GH1-B) [Semester 1]

  • Semester 1: Greek Studies IB Study Guide, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Christ the King, Lord of History: A Catholic World History from Ancient to Modern Times, Anne Carroll
  • Herodotus: The Histories [Aubrey de Selincourt], Herodotus. Translated by Aubrey de Selincourt.
  • The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to "The Peloponnesian War", Thucydides. Translated by Richard Crawley, edited by Robert Strassler.
  • Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures: A Concise History: Volume I to 1740, 2nd Edition, Lynn Hunt, et al.
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Fall Live Class: Greek History IB, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

Greek History II (GH2-B) [Semester 2]

Choose between Greek History II (GH2-B), Old Testament II (OT2-B), and Languages for this semester.
  • Semester 2: Greek Studies IIB Study Guide, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Xenophon: The Expedition of Cyrus (Anabasis), Xenophon. Translated by Robin Waterfield.
  • Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures: A Concise History: Volume I to 1740, 2nd Edition, Lynn Hunt, et al.
  • Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 1 (Modern Library Classics), Plutarch. Translated by John Dryden, Arthur Hugh Clough.
  • Great Dialogues of Plato, Plato. Translated by W.H.D. Rouse.
  • Cliff's Notes: Plato’s Republic [ORDER USED], Thomas Thornburg
  • Alexander of Macedon: Journey to World’s End [ORDER USED], Harold Lamb
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Spring Live Class: Greek History IIB, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

LITERATURE

Greek Literature I (GL1-B) [Semester 1]

  • Semester 1: Greek Studies IB Study Guide, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Bulfinch’s Mythology (out-of-print Avenel Books/Gramercy/Crown Publishers edition) [ORDER USED], Thomas Bulfinch
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church, U.S. Catholic Church
  • Homer: The Iliad (tr. Richmond Lattimore), Homer. Translated by Richmond Lattimore.
  • Cliffs Notes: Homer’s Iliad, Bob Linn
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Bulfinch's Mythology (Modern Library Classics), Thomas Bulfinch
  • Optional: Fall Live Class: Greek Literature IB, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

Greek Literature II (GL2-B) [Semester 2]

  • Semester 2: Greek Studies IIB Study Guide, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Bulfinch’s Mythology (out-of-print Avenel Books/Gramercy/Crown Publishers edition) [ORDER USED], Thomas Bulfinch
  • Herodotus: The Histories [Aubrey de Selincourt], Herodotus. Translated by Aubrey de Selincourt.
  • Homer : The Odyssey (Fagles), Homer. Translated by Robert Fagles.
  • Aeschylus: Oresteia (Oxford World's Classics), Aeschylus. Translated by Christopher Collard.
  • Euripides: Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae (Focus Classical Library), Euripides. Translated by Stephen Esposito, A.J. Podlecki, Michael R. Halleran.
  • Sophocles: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra (Oxford World's Classics), Sophocles. Translated by H.D.F. Kitto.
  • Teaching the Classics DVD and Workbook, Adam Andrews and Missy Andrews
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Spring Live Class: Greek Literature IIB, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

FINE ARTS

Greek Playwrights (GPW-B) [Semester 2]

Drop this course if your student has full time music and performing arts classes in the second semester.
  • Semester 2: Greek Studies IIB Study Guide, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Aeschylus: Oresteia (Oxford World's Classics), Aeschylus. Translated by Christopher Collard.
  • Aeschylus II: The Suppliant Maidens, The Persians, Seven against Thebes, and Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus. Translated by Seth G. Benardete, David Grene.
  • Sophocles: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra (Oxford World's Classics), Sophocles. Translated by H.D.F. Kitto.
  • Euripides: Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae (Focus Classical Library), Euripides. Translated by Stephen Esposito, A.J. Podlecki, Michael R. Halleran.
  • Aristophanes: Four Plays by Aristophanes: The Birds; The Clouds; The Frogs; Lysistrata, Aristophanes. Translated by William Arrowsmith, Richmond Lattimore, and Douglass Parker.
  • Great Dialogues of Plato, Plato. Translated by W.H.D. Rouse.
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Spring Live Class: Greek Playwrights, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

science study guide

Astronomy I (AS1-B) [Semester 1]

  • STAA Study Guide: Astronomy IB and IIB, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist [ORDER USED], Br. Guy Consolmagno
  • Creator and Creation, 3rd Edition, Mary O. Daly
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church, U.S. Catholic Church
  • Essential Cosmic Perspective, The (5th Edition), Jeffrey Bennett, et al.
  • Colored Pencils (Prismacolor 24 Color Pencil Set recommended),
  • DOWNLOAD: Quarter End Tests, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Fall Live Class: Astronomy IB, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

Astronomy II (AS2-B) [Semester 2]

Students may drop Astronomy II in favor of a Language study if one year of Physical Science and one year of Biology have already been completed.
  • STAA Study Guide: Astronomy IB and IIB, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Essential Cosmic Perspective, The (5th Edition), Jeffrey Bennett, et al.
  • Colored Pencils (Prismacolor 24 Color Pencil Set recommended),
  • DOWNLOAD: Quarter End Tests, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • STAA Student Zone, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Spring Live Class: Astronomy IIB, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Thumbnail example of the packet of recommendations prepared for each student by the planning advisor.

Language Study [Semester 2]

Choose between Greek History II (GH2-B), Old Testament II (OT2-B), and Languages for this semester.
  • Gradebook for Language Study, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education (PHE-B) [Semester 2]

  • Gradebook for Physical Education, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Optional: Fit for Eternal Life: A Christian Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness in Your Soul, Kevin Vost, Psy D.
 

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