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Grades 9-12 Curriculum

Students in grades 9-12 refine their speaking and writing abilities and grow in character. They synthesize scientific knowledge, refine logical thought, and express themselves precisely and persuasively, both orally and in writing. The materials, below, have been carefully chosen for high school age students, as they prepare for college and become leaders, influencers, and doers.

Belmont Classical Academy Curriculum, Grades  9-12

English Studies

(Literature/ Grammar/ Composition)

Great books develop character and a growth mindset. We intentionally choose books that help students:

  • Increase in wisdom and virtue.

  • Boost reading comprehension.

  • Cultivate moral courage.

  • Emulate the best writers.

  • Enrich the vocabulary.

  • Develop cultural literacy.


English grammar, usage, and composition are taught each year. The ability to write with clarity, beauty, and power is further developed by our logic and rhetoric courses in the high school grades.

The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Republic by Plato
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
On Obligations, The Republic, and The Laws
by Cicero
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis

Classical Composition series
by Memoria Press
English Grammar Recitation
by Memoria Press

Logic/

Rhetoric

Students who study logic and rhetoric become influential leaders and doers. In these courses, we emulate such writers and speakers as Plato, Abraham Lincoln, and Sir Winston Churchill.

Traditional Logic series by Memoria Press
Rhetorical Grammar by Kolln & Gray
Classical Composition series by Memoria Press
Classical Rhetoric by Memoria Press

Mathematics

A solid foundation in math is the key to success in science, technology, and engineering.

Algebra 1 by Saxon Publishers
Algebra 2 by Saxon Publishers
Pre-Calculus
AP Calculus
AP Statistics
(according to individual student level)

Latin

Latin trains the mind. Students who study Latin develop mental discipline and precision, and consistently score higher on SAT and ACT tests.

First Form Latin by Memoria Press
Second Form Latin by Memoria Press
Third Form Latin by Memoria Press
Fourth Form Latin by Memoria Press

Science/

Technology

We approach science as a humble pursuit of truth about the world around us. Students master a reasonable amount of material, deepen understanding, and hone their writing and research skills.

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Computer Science
Human Anatomy & Physiology

Bible/
Christian Studies

Students find peace in Christ as they learn of Him. In Bible/ Christian Studies, we explore the history, geography and teachings of the Old and New Testaments, commit scripture to memory, and engage with Christian scholars who loved the Lord.

KJV Bible - New Testament
KJV Bible - Old Testament
The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
In His Steps by Charles Sheldon
Excerpts from City of God by St. Augustine

World Studies/
American Studies

We study the history of America and of Western Civilization—the Classical, Christian roots of freedom and prosperity—in order to make best use of those blessings and to preserve them for future generations. As we study the lives and writings of past leaders and doers, we enhance our ability to strengthen relationships, (Caritas) discern truth (Veritas), and live productive, meaningful lives (Actio) in a free society.

Ancient World History:
The Histories by Herodotus
On Poetics by Aristotle
Aeneid by Virgil

Medieval to Modern World History:
Confessions by Augustine
The Prince by Machiavelli
Principia Mathematica by Newton
Second Treatise of Government by John Locke

American History:
Pre-founding through Civil War:
American Heritage: A Reader
by Hillsdale College Press
The US Constitution: A Reader
by Hillsdale College Press

American & World History:
Reconstruction through Today:
American Heritage: A Reader
by Hillsdale College Press
The US Constitution: A Reader
by Hillsdale College Press

Music

Music is a universal language of enormous power. Mathematical at its base, it develops the mental abilities of students while enriching the soul.

Our sequential music program instills a love of music in each student. Our music curriculum includes music theory, with the training of the voice as a primary instrument.

*Specific curriculum materials will change as we continuously improve while staying anchored to our mission.