Curriculum & Method

THE HSU METHOD

NURTURING ATMOSPHERE

As an extension of the home-learning environment, HSU provides students with an age appropriate learning atmosphere that is conducive to guided exploration of content materials, creative expression of internalized learning, and in-depth discussion of ideas. Acknowledging the uniqueness of each student, teachers at HSU use differentiated approaches to accomodate students' individual learning styles and promote long-term conceptual understanding of a subject's content.

PERSONAL DISCIPLINE

HSU classes help to shape the various disciplines in a student’s life. By partnering with parents, HSU develops the disciplines of good character, habit building, and academic practice. Students encourage fellow classmates as they strive toward excellence in personal discipline by conducting themselves in a manner that glorifies God and honors others.

PARENT PARTNERSHIP

As a hybrid of a home educating environment and a traditional classroom, HSU seeks to support home schooling families as they nurture Christian growth and academic excellence in their students. Each of HSU's course offerings, whether Core or elective, requires parental involvement relative to a student's level of competency and academic ability. Parents are expected to monitor their student's assignments and progress, given the means provided by the teacher, in an effort to promote their student's pursuit of excellence and experience of success.

ELEMENTARY

ACADEMIC GOALS - ANSWERING THE WHAT? THE GRAMMAR STAGE...

These are the foundational years. The focus will be on the rules of phonics and spelling, grammar, poetry, vocabulary, foreign languages, descriptions of plants and animals and the human body, the facts of mathematics--the list goes on. There is also focus on introducing the world of Fine Arts and allowing students to explore their own creative talents. Young students enjoy absorbing information through songs, recitation, activities, and games.

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Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Bible Old Testament New Testament Bible Bible
History Ancient Times Middle Ages Early Modern Modern Times
English English Core A English Core A English Core B English Core B
Literature History Based History Based History Based History Based
Writing Core A Writing Core A Writing Core B Writing Core B Writing
Math Math 1/2 Math 1/2 Math 3/4 Math 3/4
Foreign Language Spanish Fun Spanish Fun Spanish Fun Spanish Fun / Latin
Science Core A Science Core A Science Core B Science Core B Science
Suggested Electives Gym
Art
Math Fun
Reading Fun
Theater
Private Music
Gym
Art
Math Fun
Reading Fun
Theater
Private Music
Gym
Art
Keys 2 Math 3/4
Reading Fun
Theater
Private Music
God's Girls
Lego Robotics
Gym
Art
Keys 2 Math 3/4
Living Lit
Theater
Private Music
Mad Engineering
Latin
God's Girls
Lego Robotics

MIDDLE SCHOOL

ACADEMIC GOALS - ANSWERING THE WHY'S? THE LOGIC STAGE...

This stage focuses on organizing facts learned in the grammar stage while helping students apply critical thinking skills to examine relationships within and between subjects. A formal study of logic utilizes the naturally inquisitive and argumentative nature of students in this stage that already lends to questioning relationships. Other tools of learning include debates, as well as research and persuasive writing projects.

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Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Bible Old Testament New Testament Bible Bible
History Creation to Resurrection Early Church & Middle Ages The Renaissance & Growing Empires Wars of Independence & Modern Times
English Grammar C Grammar C Grammar 201 Grammar 201
Literature History Based History Based History Based History Based
Writing IEW IEW IEW IEW
Math Math 5/6 Math 5/6 Pre-Algebra Algebra
Foreign Language Latin Latin Spanish Spanish
Science Anatomy / Physiology Chemistry / Physics General Science General Science
Required Electives Leadership / Service (1sem)
Debate (1sem)
Logic (2sem)
Suggested Electives Gym
Art
Living Lit
Theater
Private Music
Mad Engineering
Gym
Art
Living Lit
Theater
Private Music
Mad Engineering
Gym
Art
Private Music
Gym
Art
Private Music

HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL - ANSWERING THE HOW'S? THE RHETORIC STAGE...

This is a time when a student begins to specialize in whatever branch of knowledge that attracts them. They are eager to find their passion and pursue it.

The focus is on preparing them for their next phase in life through expressing and applying knowledge. This level refines the students' ability to persuasively express the grammar and logic of subjects. Special emphasis is placed on written communication and effective oral presentation skills, as well debate.

Emphasis on the Charlotte Mason method now looks more like the discipline of good habits that come with hard work and diligence in studies. The workload of high school will be heavier than other grade levels as they prepare for college and adulthood. "Bringing learning to life in this stage" comes through an atmosphere of a disciplined life that will translate into a life that bears the fruit of discipline, accompanied with the rewards of their faithfulness.

Why Classical?

"The combination of the progression of learning from facts to understanding to expression (the stages of the trivium) and the additional classical subjects, work together to give children the tools to think for themselves and to be independent, life-long learners. That is the primary goal of Classical Education. It is to equip educated men and women able to approach previously unknown subject matter, problems, or life situations; and using the tools of learning which have been practiced and refined and internalized in school; to grasp the subject or problem, analyze it according to the standard of truth, and understand and do something about it. Classical Education therefore trains children for success in any field, whether it be marriage and family life, work dealing with society and individuals, business, or arts and the humanities." Classical Christian Homeschooling

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Bible Bible/Worldview Bible/Worldview Bible/Worldview Bible/Worldview
History World History World History U.S. History U.S. History
English Core 301 Core 301 Core 401 Core 401
Math Algebra I Algebra II Advanced Math Calculus or Finish Advanced Math
Foreign Language Spanish I Spanish II Latin I
Science Physical Science Biology Chemistry Physics
Required Electives Gym
Debate (1 sem.)
Speech (1 sem.)
Gym
Debate (1 sem.)
Speech (1 sem.)
Gym
Life Skills (1 sem.)
Speech (1 sem.)
Gym
Cons. Ed (1 sem.)
Government (1 sem.)
Suggested Electives Art
Theater
P.E.
School of Rock
Art
Theater
P.E.
School of Rock
Art
Theater
P.E.
School of Rock
Art
Theater
P.E.
School of Rock
Media/WebDesign
Independent Track Home Ec.
ACT Prep
Drivers Ed
ACT Prep
College search
ACT Testing
College Visits
Career Coaching
Computer Tech
College Apps