K-1: We utilize children’s Bibles and other children’s books, arts & crafts and play-acting to teach the students important stories and lessons from the Old and New Testament.
2-4: The Bible and commentaries on the Bible serve as the primary sources for this course. Students read and discuss Biblical passages. This course is taught on a four year cycle: Genesis, Kings, the Gospels, and finally Acts and Epistles.
5-8: Middle School students continue with Bible studies and open discussions on the Faith, which focus on living a Christian life and the problems facing our youth today.
K-4: Our phonics courses are based on the Writing Road to Reading. Students learn to sound out, syllabicate, spell and critically analyze words. This highly successful program enables most of our students to read significantly above their grade level.
5-8: Our upper-level students continue to improve their spelling ability through the study of Greek and Latin roots.
We use the Math-U-See mathematics program from K-8th. This program is effective at both showing students how mathematics works and teaching the traditional algorithms that they need to thrive in this field. We supplement our K-6th grades with an excellent critical thinking program that develops the students’ ability to sort, match, distinguish, and other skills not traditionally covered in most mathematics programs.
Most 8th grades students will graduate having taken honors level Algebra I which is an advanced level freshman course.
1st-8th : Students learn to write complete sentences, one-paragraph stories, multi-paragraph stories, and research papers as they progress in ability. Writing elements from the Rod and Staff English series are used to instruct the upper levels in writing and researching techniques. Students, 1st-8th, develop a wide range of reading skills through SRA reading.
2nd-8th: Students learn to identify different parts of speech, edit, punctuate and utilize key rules of the English language in Rod and Staff’s thorough and effective program.
3rd-5th: Students at St. Basil Academy will receive 3 years of Latin study beginning with Memoria Press’ introductory programs and advancing on to Memoria Press’ Latina Form I & II.
7th/8th: Students will take on year of traditional logic utilizing Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic program.
2nd-4th: Lower-level students will study western civilization from ancient history through the Civil War. The primary resource for this 3 year cycle of classes is Susan Wise-Bauer’s Story of the World (vol. 1-3). Dress-up and play acting brings history alive within the classroom.
5th-8th: Upper-level students will complete a four year cycle of the following courses: Advanced Ancient History (Ancient Greece and Rome), Advanced Medieval History/ Washington State History (two half year courses), American History I (Colonies-Civil War), and American History II (America and the Modern World). A variety of sources will be utilized for these courses.
6th-8th: The Literature class will be tied into and cover the same time periods as the upper-level history courses. Students will read, analyze, discuss and write on classical literature such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Lord of the Rings, Red Badge of Courage, and Animal Farm.