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It's time for Orientation to Scholars Online!

Enroll now to complete orientation in time for fall classes starting next week.

Still not sure whether your curriculum is complete? Check out our curriculum guide for a classical education at http://www.scholarsonline.org/Info/diploma.php. Then sign up for courses to give your students (or yourself!) a rigorous preparation for college and for life.

Adults: you are welcome to take our courses as well, and gain the background you need for your own homeschooling program, or just learn that subject you never had time for before!
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There is still time to sign up for AP Science at Scholars Online. Check the syllabus for each course:
Biology: http://www.dorthonion.com/drcmcm/BIOLOGY
Chemistry: http://www.dorthonion.com/drcmcm/CHEMISTRY
Physics: http://www.dorthonion.com/drcmcm/PHYSICS
then sign up at https://www.scholarsonline.org.
Enroll by August 25 to ensure access to orientation during the week of August 27 and start of chats on Sept 3.

These are rigorous, college-level introductions to each area of science that can prepare the scientist in your family to bypass first year science courses in college and jump into advanced work. All three courses have been reviewed and approved by the College Board as fully compliant with Advanced Placement standards, and all three include hands-on lab work designed to provide a college-level experience for the independent learner. The Physics 1&2 combination course is a unique opportunity for the truly dedicated young physicist to complete the two-year program in one year, with AP approval. Only courses approved by the College Board audit committee can grant official AP credit.

If you have a serious student who loves science and wants to get a jump on his or her college science curriculum, check out my courses! Live chats meet three times a week to provide students ample opportunity to develop skills, share their insights, and get the help they need on lab work. Students who satisfactorily complete the required course and lab work will receive the AP designation on their transcripts and are often able to get college credit for the course.

Not enough time for the full AP course? You can sign up for a modified, twice-a-week Honors session instead, covering much of the same material, but with fewer lab requirements and less homework. While I cannot grant AP credit for an Honors course, students taking one should be prepared to do well on both the AP and SAT subject area exam.

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The only way to learn writing is to write a lot. Offered in this form for the first time, Advanced Creative Writing is for strong writers, confident that they will have the time and ability to meet its rigorous terms (including the completion of a 50,000 word novel in the month of November). 

Each week, the student will submit, through our Moodle forums, specific exercises aimed at producing concrete output. The course comprises three parts: book-length prose fiction, drama, and poetry. Assignments for September and October will identify the core elements of a story, leading up to the blitz through the novel in November. The next unit involves polishing dialogue and diction, leading up to drama and its unique demands. We  will wind up with a treatment of poetry, which should raise an awareness of how specific language affects the other forms as well. 

The student who participates fully in this course will have, by June, a novel, a play, and a poetic cycle to polish and perhaps submit for publication.
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Western Literature to Dante opens a vast range of human literary achievements to modern students. We examine both the forms and the ideas in literature from the earliest surviving literary remains (the Old Testament and Homer) through the time of Christ (the New Testament and Vergil) down to Dante’s Divine Comedy, A.D. 1300. It’s the course most often mentioned by students in our literature program as having made a lasting impression on their views and interests. In free and engaged conversation, we discuss a vast range of material running through the Greek, Roman, and Judeo-Christian traditions, zeroing in on literary patterns and techniques, and core concepts such as “What does it mean to be a hero?” Many of the students from this class have gone on to major in classics in college, and several to Ph.D.s in classical and medieval languages and literature. 

While no one-year course can pretend to cover such a range of material comprehensively, the student who has been through this has read widely in ancient epic, drama, philosophy, and history, as well as medieval poetic and prose literature, both sacred and secular. (The course is occasionally supplemented by a Western Literature to Dante II, available only to those who have completed the initial course; it will be offered during the 2018-19 school year. It covers a parallel range of material over the same general time span.) 

Find out why so many students at a live gathering were wearing buttons claiming “I survived Western Literature to Dante” — and were happy to have done so.
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Mme. Alexandra Dascalu uses a combination of text and audio, based on the D’accord curriculum, to help students gain proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing French. Scholars Online French students have placed with honors in the American French Teachers National French Contest. Enroll now for the 2018-2019 term at Scholars Online
https://www.scholarsonline.org.
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There is stil time to join Scholars Online's middle school literature courses for 2018-2019. Help your student develop the close reading and critical thinking skills required for high school and for life! Enroll at https://www.scholarsonline.org.
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Looking for flexible but comprehensive composition instruction? Scholars Online offers a unique multi-year writing program, Cursus Scriptorum, which uses a game format to guide students individually toward mastery, regardless of where they start or where their strengths and weaknesses lie. The course is open to sixth through twelfth graders. New students start at the lowest level of Roman offices, and, by achieving mastery in various areas of writing, gain points to advance to higher offices. The game allows students to demonstrate the skills they have, in order to focus their attention on others. Students move at their own pace, and can re-enroll to continue from where they've left off.

Enroll now at https://www.scholarsonline.org.
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There is still time to enroll in Scholars Online's Latin program. Students of all ages welcome, including adults. Sign up at https://www.scholarsonline.org.
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Controversy seems to arise whenever people discuss history. Two people can look at the same actions and events, and come away with radically different conclusions — first, about what happened, but then also about what it meant, and what its continuing significance is or should be. But history also addresses every problem humanity has ever encountered over the centuries. It confronts us with the successes, failures, and split decisions about how we as people dealt with the problems we faced in the past. For that very reason it is our only real guide to the problems we confront today, and can expect to confront tomorrow, and knowledge as well as understanding of our past is critical in making decisions in our present to provide for our future.
Rather than present a single view through which all events must be filtered, we humbly admit that we don't know it all….and, in fact, don't always agree on what we do know. The Scholars Online history program is team-taught, with both Dr. Bruce and Dr. Christe weighing from their different perspectives and experience during twice-weekly live chat discussions. Besides reading summaries of historical periods to identify key people and events, students learn to examine historical documents containing religious and philosophical thought, as well as art objects and architecture, for insight into other times and cultures. Students gain critical thinking skills as they develop and justify their own interpretations of historical events through analysis of three themes of human experience that transcend divisions of both time and geography: the exploitation of resources, the development of communities, and the exercise of power. Year One covers prehistoric cultures through the Enlightenment, and Year Two covers developments from the Enlightenment to the beginning of the 21st century, with surveys of cultures in Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. Students with sufficient background may enroll in Year Two without completing Year One.
Enroll now at Scholars Online for the 2018-2019 term! https://www.scholarsonline.org
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One of the fundamental skills classical education has always sought to help students gain is the ability to carry out thoughtful critical analysis based on close reading of an author's text. Scholars Online will offer two courses this fall aimed at helping students of all ages gain these skills through a survey of the forms of logical argument and practical application of the methods of reasononing to current events. Teacher Karl Oles studied philosophy at Pomona College and the University of London, holds a law degree from the University of Washington, and currently practices law in Seattle, but he's made time to share his knowledge of philosophy and logic with our students. Enroll now at https://www.scholarsonline.org. Junior high through adults welcome!
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