Classical Science, Math, and Logic courses for Upper School students in six grade and up are offered on Thursdays. This is in addition to the four courses offered on Mondays. Though Thursday courses are offered á la carte, Monday enrollment is required to be eligible. A hallmark of classical education is the value placed on the interrelation of knowledge. The solid, shared foundation in Latin, classics, literature, and composition create a unique fellowship of learning for Thursday’s upper school studies. Read more about the classical approach to math and science here. Classes are offered between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM.
This is the proposed schedule as of 1/18/21 and is subject to change based on student enrollment and teacher availability:
For link to complete class materials, see our Book List.
- Trees & The World of Biology, 6th grade. An age-appropriate science course focusing on appreciation for the majesty of the created order, specifically trees. This lighter course load is perfect for students who are focusing extra time on Latin and Classics.
- Trees & The World of Biology, no math prerequisite, $500
- Earth Science
- Novare Earth Science, no math pre/co-requisite, $500
- Physical Science
- Novare Physical Science, pre/co-requisite of Pre-Algebra, $500
- Introductory Physics with lab, high school only
- Novare Introductory Physics, pre/co-requisite of Algebra I, $550 includes lab fee
- Biology, high school only (Not offered 2021-2022)
- Novare Biology, $550 includes lab fee
- Chemistry with lab, high school only
- Novare General Chemistry, pre/co-requisite of Algebra II, $550 includes lab fee
- Understanding Mathematics, The perfect course for on-level sixth graders or seventh graders who are younger and/or need more time to solidify arithmetic before beginning Pre-Algebra. 6th & 7th grades $500
- Pre-Algebra (Lial), 7th & 8th grades $500
- Algebra I (Prentice Hall Classics), 8th grade and up, $550
- Algebra II (Prentice Hall Classics), 9th grade and up, $550
- Geometry (Jurgensen), 10th grade and up, $550
- Pre-Calculus (Larson, Hostetler), 11th grade and up, $550 (Not offered in 2021-2022)
A special note on math courses: We understand that no math class can be fully taught in 1.5 hours per week. At HLN we offer a teacher to guide and explain material in class to help keep your student on pace for the year. Students must do diligent daily work at home to master material. When available, we require streaming videos as an aid to daily work outside of class.
Traditional Logic I & II: (Not offered in 2021-2022)
The Traditional Logic Program is an in-depth study of the classical syllogism. HLN students will complete books I & II in one school year. In Book I students will gain a basic understanding of terms, statements, and simple categorical arguments. Book II covers the figures of the traditional syllogism, forms of rhetorical arguments, kinds of hypothetical syllogisms, kinds of complex syllogisms, as well as relational arguments. By the end of this course, the student will be able to analyze a variety of argument forms as well as recognize and respond to dilemmas. The level of understanding attained in this course would be more than that typical attained in a college course. 9th grade and up. $500
Material Logic & Classical Rhetoric:
Material Logic is a practical study of the conceptual elements of rational thinking through the study of how to define, classify, and identify the basic components of language and thought. These elements are crucial to anyone desiring to acquire “critical thinking” skills. Emphasis is on Aristotle’s distinctions of the ten categories, the five predicables, and the four causes.
Classical Rhetoric is a study in the skills of written and oral persuasion, through the study of Aristotle’s Rhetoric, and has the goal of cultivating what Quintilian called “the good man speaking well.” As such, it involves a study of the fundamental principles of political philosophy, ethics, and traditional psychology. Students learn the essential elements of political, legal, and ceremonial speeches, as well as the elements of good character, the seven reasons people do things, what incites specific emotions under different circumstances, the elements of virtue, the four kinds of government, and the basic elements of traditional psychology. Students also study three model speeches as examples of the three branches of classical oratory, from Homer, Plato, and Abraham Lincoln. Students will also analyze Marc Antony’s “Funeral Oration” from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as an example of a great speech that defies categorization. Content includes the three elements of communication, the three kinds of persuasive speech, and the three modes of persuasion. Stress in this course is placed on persuasive speech within the context of human nature. 10th grade and up, Traditional Logic I & II are suggested pre-requisites, but not required. $500
Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story & original source documents. Will satisfy the TN graduation requirement of 1 credit in U.S. History. 9th grade and up. Pairs extremely well with the Monday course Classical Political Philosophy: Cicero’s On Obligations, The Republic, and The Laws. $550