— Early Grammar – Levels I, II & III (Grades 1-3) —
Language arts are the backbone of the early years. By Grammar, Level III, students read simple chapter books fluently, write correct sentences and paragraphs, read or listen to a story, retell stories both orally and in writing, memorize and recite poetry. They have read themselves, or had read to them, a variety of excellent children’s literature. The language arts focus for the Early Grammar Form will be in the areas of:
- Phonics and Grammar
- Reading and Writing
- Speaking and Listening
- Spelling and Penmanship
Neatness, accuracy, understanding, and competence are the goals in arithmetic. Through this study students begin to see and understand the underlying patterns of creation. The arithmetic focus for the Early Grammar Form will be in the areas of:
- Counting and Number Theory
- Measurement and Money
- Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication
- Introduction to Graphs, Shapes and Fractions
Songs, chants, memorization, simple vocabulary, stories, and studies in Roman life form the Early Grammar introduction to Latin.
At this level students are encouraged and nurtured to observe, appreciate and enjoy the natural world. Theme studies, demonstrations, and outdoor activities combine with memorization of facts and reading of biographies and other good literature to build a foundation for a poetic knowledge of the natural universe.
History and Geography
These subjects are literature-based, focusing on understanding of human differences and similarities across time and space. Students learn continents and seas, as well as lifestyles of earlier peoples, especially the Greeks, Romans and Americans. Some memorization does occur, but sequential and detailed teaching of history and geography is more appropriately taught at the upper forms.
These classes are a regular and important part of the curriculum and are a most natural way to help set a foundation for the instinctive yearning for Truth, Goodness and Beauty. The arts teach physical coordination and skills as well as the ability to work with others. Students are introduced to our rich history of glorifying God through the arts. The arts focus for the Early Grammar Form will be in the areas of: • Music • Art • Drama • Physical Arts: Tae Kwon Do
— Late Grammar – Levels IV, V & VI (Grades 4-6) —
During the Late Grammar Form students expand their reading to include classics of literature appropriate to their age and ability and begin to analyze structures and logic in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Writing moves from the essay in Late Grammar IV to the research paper in Late Grammar V and VI. Imitation of great writers is foundational. Students give gradually more demanding oral presentations.
The language arts focus for the Late Grammar Form will be in the areas of:
- Introduction to Literature
- Introduction to Rhetoric
By the end of Late Grammar Form VI all students master the study of arithmetic. Teaching focuses equally on memorizing, understanding, and applying, as appropriate for each age level. The arithmetic focus for the Late Grammar Form will be in the areas of:
- All Operations
- Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
- Measurement and Money
- Graphs and Charts
- Introduction to Geometry and Algebra
- Word Problems and Life Application
Latin is taught as a formal subject with textbooks. Students begin studying grammar, vocabulary, and translation. A careful balance is struck between rote memorization and the excitement of decoding and interpretation. Students enter the Dialectic Form with a basic understanding of grammar, a sizable vocabulary, and a habit of accurate translation.
God has revealed Himself in His creation. We are privileged to see Him through the observation and study of the natural world and approach the subject with diligence and humility. The focus for the Late Grammar Form will be in the areas of:
- Late Grammar IV: Learning Observation through Natural History
- Late Grammar V: Earth and Physical Science
- Late Grammar VI: Life Science
At this level the Humane Letters class encompasses history, geography, and literature. By Late Grammar Form VI students know all the countries and capitals of the world and have a foundation to understand the complexities of time, space, and culture in human history. The humane letters focus for the Late Grammar Form will be in the areas of:
- Late Grammar IV: Ancient History and Early Cultures around the World
- Late Grammar V: Medieval and Renaissance History and the Age of Exploration
- Late Grammar VI: American History
Arts classes are integral to the daily curriculum. At this age students are introduced to standards of beauty and excellence and trained in both Godly aesthetics and skillful execution. In choir students sing the great music of Christian culture and perform in Divine Liturgy and at concerts. The arts focus for the Late Grammar Form will be in the areas of:
- Physical Arts: Tae Kwon Do
— Dialectic – Forms I, II & III (Grades 7-9) —
At this age students are naturally ready to question and probe more deeply into what they have learned.
Literature, language arts, history, and geography are integrated in this class, which typically meets several hours a day. The humane letters focus for the Dialectic Form will be in the areas of:
- Dialectic I: Tales and Poetry of the Middle Ages
- Dialectic II: Reforms, Revolutions, and New Worlds
- Dialectic III: The Bible and the Ancient Greeks
- Dialectic I: Pre-Algebra
- Dialectic II: Algebra 1
- Dialectic III: Algebra 2
Students master grammar and expand their vocabulary while beginning to read Latin literature and memorize and recite famous works.
- Dialectic I: Earth Science
- Dialectic II: Physical Science
- Dialectic III: Biology
Foundational to Hagia Sophia Academy is the belief by the entire faculty that all subjects and all Forms at the Academy are grounded in the understanding that the LOGOS is the source of all Truth. In addition to this all-encompassing and overarching Christian worldview, Dialectic students will begin the formal study of Christianity and other religions. The Christian studies focus for the Dialectic Form will be in the areas of:
- Dialectic I: The Bible
- Dialectic II: Church History
- Dialectic III: World Religions
- Music Theory and Music History
- Art Technique
- Art Appreciation and Art History
- Physical Arts: Tae Kwon Do
— Rhetoric – Forms IV, V & VI (Grades 10-12) —
Students now are ready to synthesize and learn to express clearly to others all they have learned.
Literature, language arts, history, and geography are combined in this class, which typically meets several hours a day. The humane letters focus for the Rhetoric Form will be in the areas of:
- Rhetoric I: The Romans and the Culture of Christianity
- Rhetoric II: The Enlightenment and the Beginning of the Modern Age
- Rhetoric III: The United States and the World
- Rhetoric I: Euclidean Geometry
- Rhetoric II & III : Intro. to College Math; Calculus; Trigonometry; Business Math
Latin IV (Rhetoric I)
The goal is to read and enjoy Latin literature and the Vulgate Bible, using all the skills of grammar, vocabulary, and translation learned in earlier years. Students also compose in Latin and give declamations of famous speeches. If the student has been with us since Grammar I, he will have studied Latin for ten years.
Greek I-III (Rhetoric I-III)
The study of Ancient and Biblical Greek begins at the beginning of the Rhetoric Form and continues through Rhetoric III.
- Rhetoric I: Chemistry
- Rhetoric II: Physics
Foundational to Hagia Sophia Academy is the belief by the entire faculty that all subjects and all Forms at the Academy are grounded in the understanding that the LOGOS is the source of all Truth. In addition to this all-encompassing and overarching Christian worldview, Rhetoric students will continue their formal study of worldview and philosophy. The Christian studies focus for the Rhetoric Form will be in the areas of:
- Rhetoric I: World View and Life Philosophies
- Rhetoric II: Living as a Christian
This is an intensive class in which Rhetoric III students design, outline, research, write, and defend their own thesis before a faculty jury. The Senior Thesis is the capstone of the student’s journey within the halls of Hagia Sophia and demonstrates the culmination of years of enculturation in character, virtue, knowledge, understanding, writing, synthesis, logic, rhetoric and wisdom.
- Choir (required for all Rhetoric students)
- Music Appreciation and Music History
- Art Technique and Art History
- Physical Arts: Tae Kwon Do