7th-12th grade

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7th through 12th grade is what we call our Upper School. It is a time when they build on all they have learned in previous years and begin the processes of thinking logically in their writing and oration, working towards developing excellent rhetoric (the ability to speak and write well and persuade). They will achieve mastery in 1-3 classical languages through which they will develop their minds and have a thorough understanding of the English language.

To honor this time in life, and all that they have accomplished we give them an advancement ceremony at the beginning of the year where they receive their new uniforms. The Upper School students are given blazers and the girls now wear a new uniform, trading in their jumpers for skirts, Peter Pan collars for Oxford shirts, and Mary Janes for Penny-loafers. All of the children are excited for this important milestone when they graduate to Upper School.

Through several years of meeting with our moms and receiving their input, we have honed in on the classes that are most important to the moms to be done at cottage school in community. These are classes that benefit from live instruction or are more enriched to do with other children, as we have fun learning together in community.

We follow the Memoria Press homeschool guidelines as outlined in the catalog.  Most parents will purchase the standard curriculum package for a great discount (and it contains all that you need) but in some rarer instances there are students who are advanced and parents can opt to choose classes that fit best for them (such as grade level higher or the option to go to a lower grade where appropriate is fine too). For curriculum package info see the tab on the menu bar titled “Classical Homeschool Curriculum” and choose the appropriate grade level.

Our fervent desire is to serve and bless the families at co-op. We achieve this goal by accomplishing 6-7 classes of your school week in our 8am-12pm four hour period. This is a unique distinction developed by the team at HLS Paradise Valley. This is made possible in the teacher’s part by excellent planning (we waste no classroom time). And the best part is we do it together, in community, and we have a lot of fun!

Note: We also offer an additional 1-3 classes in the afternoon for upper school children who would like to accomplish even more of their academic week together.

7th grade:

This is the 7th grade curriculum we use.

  • 7:45am: Students arrive and assemble for Morning Assembly
  • 8:00am: Pray, Pledge to the Flag and the Bible, Hymn, Announcements, Etiquette Lesson, Dismissed to classes
  • 8:20am: Christian Studies IV, Memory Verse Learning and Recitation
  • 9:00am: 7th Grade Academic Recitation
  • 9:15am: Third Form Latin and Lingua Angelica
  • 10:00am: American History (200 Questions about American History and 13 Colonies by Guerber)
  • 11:00am: Horatius at the Bridge (an epic poem of 70 stanzas we learn and memorize over the course of the entire year, at the end the children receive a medal, pin, and certificate and are inducted into the Horatius Society
  • 11:30am: Classical Studies: Famous Men of Greece (weeks 1-12) and Greek Alphabet (weeks 13-33)
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1pm: Pickup
  • Optional:
  • 1pm-1:30pm Science (Book Of Trees)

8th grade:

This is the 8th grade curriculum we use.

  • 7:45am: Students arrive and assemble for Morning Assembly
  • 8:00am: Pray, Pledge to the Flag and the Bible, Hymn, Announcements, Etiquette Lesson, Dismissed to classes
  • 8:20am: Christian Studies (The Acts of the Apostles), Memory Verse Learning and Recitation
  • 9:00am: 8th Grade Academic Recitation
  • 9:15am: Fourth Form Latin and Henle I
  • 10:00am: Classical Composition V: Common Topic
  • 10:30: Geography III
  • 11:00am: Classical Studies (Book of the Ancient Greeks/Iliad/Odyssey)
  • 11:30am: First Form Greek
  • 12:15pm: Lunch
  • 1pm: Pickup
  • Optional:
  • 1pm-1:30pm Science (Exploring Planet Earth)

9th grade:

This is the 9th grade curriculum we use.

  • 7:45am: Students arrive and assemble for Morning Assembly
  • 8:00am: Pray, Pledge to the Flag and the Bible, Hymn, Announcements, Etiquette Lesson, Dismissed to classes
  • 8:20am: Christian Studies (The Story of Christianity/Bible Reading), Memory Verse Learning and Recitation
  • 9:00am: 9th Grade Academic Recitation
  • 9:15am: Henle II
  • 10:00am: Classical Composition VI: Encomium, Invective, Comparison
  • 10:30: Traditional Logic I and II
  • 11:00am: The Renaissance and Reformation
  • 11:30am: Advanced Greek I
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:15pm-2:15 pm Biology
  • 2:15-2:45 Hebrew

10th grade:

This is the 10th grade curriculum we use.

  • 7:45am: Students arrive and assemble for Morning Assembly
  • 8:00am: Pray, Pledge to the Flag and the Bible, Hymn, Announcements, Etiquette Lesson, Dismissed to classes
  • 8:20am: Christian Studies (The Wars of the Jews by Josephus/Bible Reading) Memory Verse Learning & Recitation
  • 9:00am: 10th Grade Academic Recitation
  • 9:15am: Mueller’s Caesar (de Bello Gallico)
  • 10:00am: Classical Composition VII-VIII: Characterization and Description
  • 10:30: A History of Medieval Europe
  • 11:00am: Material Logic
  • 11:30am: Advanced Greek II
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:15-2:15pm Chemistry
  • 2:15-2:45pm Hebrew II

11th grade:

This is the 11th grade curriculum we use.

  • 7:45am: Students arrive and assemble for Morning Assembly
  • 8:00am: Pray, Pledge to the Flag and the Bible, Hymn, Announcements, Etiquette Lesson, Dismissed to classes
  • 8:20am: Christian Studies (History of the Early Church by Eusebius/Bible Reading) Memory Verses Learning & Recitation
  • 9:00am: 11th Grade Academic Recitation
  • 9:15am: Ovid (Latin)
  • 10:00am: Classical Composition VIV: Thesis & Law
  • 10:30: A History of Europe in the Modern World, Volumes 1 & 2
  • 11:00am: Classical Studies (The City of God, The Republic and the Laws & On Obligations by Cicero)
  • 11:30am: Advanced Greek III
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:15-2:15pm: Physics
  • 2:15-2:45pm: Hebrew III

12th grade:

This is the 12th grade curriculum we use.

  • 7:45am: Students arrive and assemble for Morning Assembly
  • 8:00am: Pray, Pledge to the Flag and the Bible, Hymn, Announcements, Etiquette Lesson, Dismissed to classes
  • 8:20am: Christian Studies (Fundamentals of the Christian Faith by Peter Kreeft, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis/Bible Reading/Memory Verse Learning & Recitation, also optional Hebrew passage translation assignments for those who did afternoon Hebrew classes these last 3 years.)
  • 9:00am: AP Vergil Latin
  • 10:00am: Classical Composition IX: Thesis and Law
  • 10:30: A Concise History of the American Republic
  • 11:00am: Classical Studies (Metaphysics)
  • 11:30am: Advanced Greek IV
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:15-2:15pm Classical Rhetoric
  • 2:15-3:15pm Anatomy